Friends Education is based in values of equality, service, peace, and community. We welcome all faiths and practices and encourage a whole-student approach that champions academic excellence and spiritual depth.
Opening Fall 2024 for Middle School.
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New Independent Middle School in Phoenix
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Opening in fall 2024, Phoenix Friends School is an independent, faith-based, middle school (grades five through eight) built upon the high standards long associated with top-rated Friends Schools on the East Coast. Friends education pairs academic rigor with values-based learning. We partner with local institutions like Arizona Humane Society and Desert Botanical Garden for onsite, experiential learning in science and environmental studies. We develop the individual’s innate capacities for meditative reflection, peaceful problem-solving, and community service. Phoenix Friends School encourages a healthy and active lifestyle that brings students into deep connections with each other and the wider world.
All faiths and all practices are welcome. We are seekers. We are an inclusive school that values and embraces the diversity of cultures and religion. In fact, at Friends Schools the majority of students are approximately 95% other faith based and 5% Friends or Quaker.
The City Is Our Classroom
Learning is not a cloistered activity. Beyond our classroom walls and the schoolyard are cultural and scientific institutions with abundant resources for project-based learning, team study, and hands-on activities. At the Phoenix Friends School most instruction and discussion will take place within the school building. However, PFS is designed to operate in the greater community and to take our students into partner institutions for experiences that complement and expand our in-school curriculum.
Drawing on Quaker values and educational best practices, we nurture the innate goodness, desire to learn, and special gifts in all of us. Our vibrant curriculum engages young minds through project-based experiences in the classroom and the community. Making meaningful connections across subjects from the sciences to the arts, we encourage the deep learning, skills, and understanding needed to thrive in middle school, high school, and beyond.
Universal and Timeless Principles
Quakers believe in strong encouragement of the individual. Each person has the capacity to be good, the ability to see the Light of God, and the ability to put that truth to good use. Thus, Quakers provide an exceptional and unique learning environment. Students who graduate from a Quaker school walk away with a strong sense of social understanding, skills to deal with adversity, peaceful conflict resolution, respect for others, and a strong sense of self-worth so that they have the power needed to succeed.
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