Harford Friends School
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|Harford Friends School|
|Harford County, Maryland
|Type||Private, Co-ed, Day|
|Motto||Learn, Live, Lead|
Harford Friends School is a co-ed K–8 independent private school guided by Quaker values located in Harford County, Maryland and was under the direction of Head of School,Jonathan Huxtable.
Founded in 2005, it originated as a middle school located in the Deer Creek Friends Meeting House in Darlington, Maryland. The school moved in 2008 to The Highlands Commons Building in Street, Maryland, near Bel Air, Maryland. In 2009, the school expanded to include grades one through five. Expansion continued in the summer of 2010 with the addition of a new science lab. In 2012, Harford Friends welcomed a new Head of School, Clare Pitz. This change in administration coincided with the move to Harford Friends School's present location in Forest Hill, Maryland.
Harford Friends School is the only Friends school in Harford County, Maryland and is a member of the Friends Council on Education. Consistent with Harford Friends School’s commitment to Quaker values the school periodically sponsors community seminars on parenting and conflict-resolution.
The school is supported by private donations, local Friends Meetings, equipment donations from local colleges and other private schools, as well as tuition.
The goals of the school, encapsulated in the motto, "Learn, Live, Lead", revolve around personal and academic excellence, integrity, and social consciousness. Students learn to value and practice integrity, independence, collaboration, curiosity, critical thinking, skepticism, and creative problem solving. Social consciousness involves social responsibility, community service, conflict resolution, and leadership. The school aims to enable students to grow in confidence and ability as they become tomorrow’s leaders in making their world a better place.
Academic subjects include science, mathematics, history, English, and Spanish. Specials include physical education, art, music, computer science, and numerous field trips. Extracurricular activities include Amnesty International Chapter, Archery Club, Basketball, Card Club, Community Service, Destination Imagination, Math Counts, Movie Club, Science Club, and Student Government.
Experiential learning, service-learning, computer technology, library and media arts, conflict-resolution, creative problem solving, and study skills are incorporated into all courses and every aspect of the program.
Harford Friends School has collaborative partnerships with the following organizations to ensure top quality instruction in art, music, fitness, and other programs of study:
- Genesee Valley Outdoor Learning Center
- Eden Mill Nature Center