Living Our Mission
Friends (Quakers) believe that there is “that of God,” or an “Inner Light,” within every individual. At a Friends school, respect for each other is rooted in this belief. Students are treated with respect because there is sacred potential within each one of them. Teachers are treated with respect not just because it is polite to do so, but because they are authentically held in high regard by students and the community. Although many who are unfamiliar with Friends' practices believe that our use of first names is informal or casual, it is a very deliberate practice rooted in the deep respect and equality we feel for individuals of all ages.
The Quaker Peace Testimony is rooted in the belief that there is that of God in everyone and Friends schools have led the way for decades in teaching conflict management to students. Friends School of Wilmington begins this process with our youngest students as they learn to use the “peace rose” when tensions between students occur. Students through 8th grade are taught strategies for peaceful resolution and peer mediation is used when appropriate to manage concerns in our Middle School.
Many Quakers worship in silence in order to connect with the Divine. This spiritual practice filters into Friends schools as many student gatherings open with a period of silence during which we center ourselves for the work ahead. Our community gathers weekly for Meeting for Worship during which students are taught to use silence as a tool for active reflection. This spiritual discipline feeds into students’ academic pursuits as they hone their abilities to listen, reflect, and move mindfully through their day.
Quakers have always professed “tolerance” for others. Today, that belief is manifest in Friends’ support of diversity and inclusion. At Friends School of Wilmington, we seek a community that reflects a wide range of religious traditions, ethnicity, and cultural backgrounds. Our philosophy encourages students to understand, respect, and actively learn from differences in order to become compassionate global citizens.