OUR UNIQUE SCHOOL
Founded in 1994, Friends School of Wilmington (FSW) is known for its vigorous academics, strong sense of community, and teaching and learning rooted in essential Quaker principles of simplicity, peace, integrity, equality and service.
OUR OPTIMISTIC VISION
To empower the next generation for global good.
OUR GUIDING MISSION STATEMENT
To prepare independent thinkers within the context of Quaker values for a global, knowledge-based future. To educate each student intellectually, physically and spiritually in a culturally diverse community. To provide students a challenging education that develops intellectual abilities and ethical and social values that support a productive life of leadership and service.
OUR INSPIRING STAFF
FSW has 33 faculty and staff members.Teachers are known for their ability to capture the interest of their students and for their highly creative lessons and progressive pedagogy. FSW teachers and students form strong bonds and as an expression of equality, friendship and mutual respect, FSW students call their teachers by their first names.
OUR AMAZING STUDENTS
FSW has 190 students from pre-school – 8th grade.The student body comes from a highly diverse group of families with a wide variety of racial, ethnic, national and socioeconomic backgrounds.The student-teacher ratios are: 1:6 and 1:8 in 18 month – 3 year old pre- school; 1:12 K – 8th grade.
OUR PROVEN CURRICULUM
Montessori Program for 18 months – Kindergarten with natural progressions through developmentally appropriate, inquiry-based curricula from 1st – 8th grades. Daily study of academic subjects—math, language arts, social studies and science are combined with enrichment courses—physical education, Spanish, art and music. Rich academic content is integrated with direct experiential learning through hands-on projects and frequent field trips.The FSW curriculum far exceeds the NC Standard Course of Study standards.
OUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
8 wooded acres include 2 campuses and 5 buildings with classrooms, computer labs, Spanish classroom, music and art studios; a garden house with outdoor stage for performing arts; regulation soccer field; outdoor basketball and volleyball courts; multiple pavilions for regular outdoor classes, meetings and lunches; playgrounds; student-maintained flower and vegetable gardens.
“Friends School teachers and students are very committed to doing all they can to build a strong community.”
~ FSW Student
“We value the inquiry- based model of teaching, how each student’s talents and gifts are nurtured by a thoughtful teaching staff and for the opportunity to par- ticipate in service learning.”
~ FSW Parent
“Friends School introduced me to some of the history and culture that I’ll have the privilege of experiencing for myself at the University of Oxford. It definitely put me on a path to academic suc- cess that allowed me to get into the program.”
~ Alumni, Class of 2006
“The academic curriculum is solid; the test scores prove that Friends’students are wellprepared for the next stages of their educations.”
~ FSW Parent
OUR VALUABLE SERVICE LEARNING
To develop the spirit of giving within each student, FSW spends time each week engaged in service work. Preschool students focus on keeping their classroom environment clean and tidy.Younger elementary students work on campus landscaping and environmental projects. Middle school students rotate through a variety of off-campus activities such as community gardening for food donations, preparing food for the Good Shepherd Center, collecting recycling at Wrightsville Beach, and visiting residents at a local adult daycare center.
OUR AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Yearbook, Drama, Nature study, Music lessons, Art instruction, Chess and Debate clubs, Soccer and Basketball teams. After school care is also available from 12:30 – 3:00 for 3 and 4 year-olds; and 3:00 – 5:30 for K – 8.
OUR THOROUGH STUDENT ASSESSMENTS
Teachers utilize a variety of ongoing assessment strategies to ensure thorough and specific knowledge of each student's strengths and growing edges.Teachers and parents meet regularly to discuss progress. At the end of each semester, a detailed, formal evaluation is sent home tracking student developmental progress, including a narrative assessment characterizing the student’s social adjustment and overall development as a learner.
OUR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE AND SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS
FSW offers need-based financial aid to 20% of its students—please contact the admissions director for more information.
FSW is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools; the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, Friends Council on Education; and has dual accreditation from the Southern Association of Independent Schools and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
OUR QUAKER FOUNDATION
Quakers believe that every human life is sacred and should be treated with equal respect and dignity, and that conflicts should be settled in a peaceful manner. The acronym SPICES is used to teach the central Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Service. While our school’s philosophy and approach to education is rooted in these testimonies, there is no prerequisite to be a Quaker to attend any Friends School. In fact, most students and faculty are not Quakers.The spirit of Quakerism has deep respect for the religious traditions of each individual and does not seek to proselytize or convert others. Our philosophy encourages students to respect differences in cultural backgrounds and religious beliefs.