Our Philosophy

Imagine a classroom where questioning and inquiry feed a sense of wonder and progress, where teachers acknowledge their own continuing growth, and discovery can be collaborative. The collegiality that emerges between “student” and “expert” is one important factor in shaping the powerful and unusual quality of student-teacher relationships. For each grade, PFS expects students to stand up for what they believe and behave respectfully everywhere and at all times.

At PFS, school life and curriculum are steeped in Quaker values. At every level, we promote a commitment to learning through inquiry, reflection, action, and discovery — an approach that stems from the Quaker belief that learning should be an ongoing and never-ending process of fresh and joy-filled discovery, not only throughout adolescence but our entire adult lives.

Learn more about our philosophy in practice.