FSW as a Quaker School
Mission and Core Values
More than three centuries ago, the Religious Society of Friends - known informally as Quakers established Friends schools in order to provide an education in which the spirit in each child was recognized and nurtured within a community of learners. Since then, Friends schools have maintained a tradition of quality education, offering nurturing environments in which children encounter rigorous intellectual challenges, acquire requisite academic skills, discover outlets for playfulness and creativity, and develop values necessary to act in the world in socially responsible ways.
Since its founding, Friends School of Wilmington has been recognized for its experiential academic program, its strong sense of community, and its rootedness in the essential Quaker principles of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship/service - known within Friends school circles as the SPICES.
Wilmington Friends Meeting, Quakers, and FSW
Members of the Wilmington Friends Meeting (WFM) were instrumental in establishing Friends School of Wilmington. FSW and WFM are separate corporate entities with separate governing boards, but the FSW Board of Trustees includes active Quakers, some of whom may be members or attenders of WFM.
To Learn More…
Deepened understanding of Quakerism in general and Wilmington Monthly Meeting in particular can happen in a variety of ways:
- Attend Meeting for Worship at WFM on any Sunday at 10:00am.
- Attend Meeting for Worship at Friends School on one of the Sundays when FSW invites WFM to worship at the Longleaf Center on campus. These are typically on the third Sundays in October and March.
- Learn more about Quaker organizations like Friends Council on Education, Friends Committee on National Legislation, and American Friends Service Committee and retreat centers like Pendle Hill.