Scattergood Friends School
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|Scattergood Friends School|
Scattergood Wherever You Go
|1951 Delta Ave.
West Branch, Iowa, 52358
|Head of School||Christine Ashley|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Athletics||Soccer, Basketball, Fencing|
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.
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.
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.
Some Recent Courses
Math and Sciences
- Biology/ Advanced Biology
- Algebra 1 & 2
- History of the English Language
- Utopian Societies
- Messianic Archetypes in Film and Literature
- Art of Tibetan Religion and Culture
- Creative Writing
- Roller Hockey
- Bicycle Training
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Bow Making
- Stained Glass
- Elizabethan Rapier
- Electronic music
- Food Preservation
- Poultry Project
- Farm Project
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
- 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
- Welcome from the Head of School
- Julie Deardorff, Bolivian President More Comfortable Playing Soccer Than Watching Chicago Tribune June 16, 1994