A school aims to be a small pre-kindergarten through eighth grade academic community grounded in the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Equality, Community and Service. MPFS offers a safe, structured environment where children of diverse backgrounds and faiths can interact, learn and grow up together.
Teachers at MPFS encourage collaboration, creativity and critical thinking through experiential instruction. In addition to providing students with a solid academic foundation, they aim to prepare them to be effective global citizens, giving students opportunities to act meaningfully upon their knowledge.
In 1867 the members of Chester Monthly Media started the school over a small stable on Baltimore Pike. The school was for Friends and non-Friends. At the beginning of the century Media Friends moved to 125 West 3rd Street and expanded. The small brick school building was built in 1886 with additions added in 1908 and 1918. The west end of the main building was changed in 1935 when space was needed to create three more classrooms. In 1957, the Social Room, and the meeting room were remodeled to create classrooms above it. A school office and lounge were added in 1965; in 1973 more changes were made when the school expanded to eighth grade. In 1991 a major addition of a gymnasium and four more classrooms were completed. These classrooms included a science classroom and a foreign language classroom. It is referred to as the Middle School Building because middle school students have home room there in addition to humanities and mathematics classes.
Most recently, in 2006, a new classroom building was completed that currently houses the first and second grade classes. During this period of renovation the small brick 1886 building was renovated. There is now a brick central courtyard that connects the new building to the main building with a covered walkway.