A journalist asked me why I’m founding a private Friends school when I didn’t attend a private school. I offered two answers: 1) my parents couldn’t afford a private school for my sisters and me, and 2) in the 1950s, public high schools were generally excellent, the equivalent of many colleges today. The second point…

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For families that are fairly new to the idea of Quaker schools, learning about the educational philosophy can be enlightening but also a bit confusing. One of the most common questions people ask is, “do you have to be a Quaker to go to a Quaker school?” The short answer: No. Students do not have…

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with Arizona Aikido to offer the Japanese martial art of Aikido to all Phoenix Friends School students. Aikido focuses on harmonizing with your opponent to bring peaceful resolutions to conflict. It’s just one way we create unique student experiences that feed a sense of inquiry, reflection, action, and…

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Dear Friends, The vision of a Friends School in Phoenix is fast coming to life with a Head of School and staff members in place, a national Board meeting regularly, and two outside firms assisting with marketing and PR. In other words, Phoenix Friends School is really happening. It’s now. In the past, I posted…

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A Friends School in Phoenix is a dream of mine, a goal worth pursuing over many years with the help of many parents and educators, concerned local citizens, and advisors from existing Quaker schools. The Phoenix Friends School is a school based on Quaker values and Quaker education models. Our new school holds the answers…

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Andy Jones-Wilkins began his career in education in 1989 at the oldest Quaker school in the country, the William Penn Charter School in Philadelphia. After five years of service there Andy and his spouse Shelly embarked on a two year, 18,000 mile bicycle tour around the world before settling in Paradise Valley, AZ where they…

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“Home” is a word that stirs the heart. Every person deserves a good home. Schools deserve a good home, too.

In September 2023, the Phoenix Friends School will open in an ideal home at the best possible location, Central United Methodist Church (CUMC) at 1875 N Central Avenue in Phoenix.

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Apple News appears on my smartphone each day bristling with topics designed to capture a minute or more of my time. I mostly ignore them, knowing there’s a trend to present the sensational, the quirky, and the extreme over balanced reporting. Recently, an item on “Toxic Positivity” appeared, and I could not look away. Was…

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