Scattergood Friends School

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Scattergood Friends School
Scattergood Friends School Main Building Entrance.jpg
Scattergood Wherever You Go
1951 Delta Ave.
West Branch, Iowa, 52358
United States
Coordinates 41°39′50″N 91°18′32″W / 41.664°N 91.309°W / 41.664; -91.309
Type Private Boarding
Religious affiliation(s) Quaker
Established 1890
Head of School Christine Ashley[1]
Faculty 25
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 60
Color(s) Blue and White
Athletics Soccer, Basketball, Fencing
Mascot Crew

Scattergood Friends School educates students in grades nine through twelve. It is in Cedar County, Iowa, two miles (3 km) east and one half mile south of the town of West Branch. Founded in 1890 by Iowa Wilburite Quakers to provide a "guarded education" for their own children, it is owned and operated by Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative). In recent years about a third of students and staff have been Quakers, with the rest coming from many faiths.

Scattergood offers a college preparatory curriculum. It is accredited by the Iowa Department of Education and by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). In addition to academic achievement, the Scattergood program emphasizes community life, responsible world citizenship, and meaningful work shared by all.[citation needed]

Although there are a handful of day students each year, nearly all students stay in one of the 60 dormitory beds on campus. Likewise, most of the 25 faculty and staff live in on-campus apartments. Available housing limits the size of the school, resulting in small class sizes and a family atmosphere.

Scattergood Friends School Farm as viewed from campus

Teaching and learning at Scattergood take place in many settings beyond the classroom. The campus includes a pond/marsh, a prairie, and a farm with a variety of livestock and 3.5 acres (14,000 m2) of organic vegetable production.

Everyone at Scattergood participates in a work program, called the crew system. This includes everything from working on the farm to making breakfast for the school. There are no janitors at Scattergood; all cleaning on campus is done by students and staff. Work assignments rotate monthly.

Roughly a quarter of Scattergood students come from outside the United States. Former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada, who was overthrown as a result of popular protest, is a Scattergood graduate.[2]

Some Recent Courses[edit]

Math and Sciences

  • Chemistry
  • Biology/ Advanced Biology
  • Algebra 1 & 2
  • Geometry
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus


  • History of the English Language
  • Logic
  • Utopian Societies
  • Messianic Archetypes in Film and Literature
  • Art of Tibetan Religion and Culture
  • Quakerism
  • Taoism
  • Creative Writing

Foreign Languages

Physical Education


8th Block Trips During 8th block, all juniors and seniors leave campus for a month-long trip. The trips usually involve community service or physical challenge. The option to take a student-planned "independent trip" is also available. Past 8th-block trips have included:

  • Bike Trip (from Natchez Mississippi back to Scattergood)
  • Latin America Trip
  • East Coast Trip
  • Gulf Coast Trip

Recommended reading[edit]

  • Berquist, Robert, et al., Scattergood Friends School, 1890-1990
  • Luick-Thrames, Michael. Out of Hitler's Reach: The Scattergood Hostel For European Refugees, 1939-1943

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