List of Friends schools

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Friends schools are institutions that provide an education based on the beliefs and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). This article is a list of schools currently or historically associated with the Society of Friends, regardless of their current degree of affiliation.

Friends schools vary greatly, both in their interpretation of Quaker principles and in how they relate to formal organizations that make up the Society of Friends. Most Friends schools are similar in their mission however: to provide an academically sound education while also instilling values of community, spirituality, responsibility and stewardship in their students.[1]

Some institutions founded by Friends were never formally "Quaker schools." Some historically Friends institutions are no longer formally associated with the Society of Friends. Those that continue to call themselves "Quaker schools" may have formal oversight from a Friends yearly or monthly meetings (often called coming "under care of" a meeting), and others are governed by members of the Society of Friends and/or adhere to aspects of Quaker practice.

Because of the wide range of Friends, the branch (or branches) of Quakerism with which the school affiliates are included, and where applicable the Yearly, Quarterly or Monthly Meeting under whose care or governance the school is held is shown.




Bolivian Friends have established several schools, which are supported from the United States by the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund.[3]


Costa Rica[edit]

El Salvador[edit]

  • Instituto Teológico de los Amigos de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador, a ministerial training institute under the care of Iglesia de los Amigos en El Salvador

Great Britain[edit]

For Northern Ireland, see Ireland below.

Secondary schools[edit]

  • Ackworth School, England; "founded in 1779 by John Fothergill on behalf of The Religious Society of Friends... the School Committee is still accountable to this body"[6]
  • Bootham School, York, England; majority of School Committee is appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire, formerly Yorkshire Quarterly Meeting[7]
  • Breckenbrough School, England; residential school for boys with behavioral and emotional conditions; a "registered charitable trust school with a Quaker... trusteeship"[8]
  • Walden School, England, the oldest Friends School, founded in 1702, under the care of Britain Yearly Meeting which indirectly appoints the school's Board of Governors through the Friends' School Saffron Walden General Meeting[9]
  • Leighton Park School, Reading, England; independent Quaker boarding and day school; founded in 1890 in part to replace Grove House School in Tottenham, London
  • The Mount School, York, England, independent Friends school for girls, founded by Yorkshire Quakers
  • Sibford School, England, independent Friends school
  • Sidcot School, England, "The School’s... Governing Body, is largely appointed by representatives from Quaker meetings in the South West of England"[10]

Non-Friends schools with Friends connections

Defunct Friends schools

Other institutions[edit]


  • Instituto Biblico Jorge Fox, San Marcos Ocotepeque, Honduras, a ministerial training institute under the care of Junta Annual Amigos de Honduras

Ireland (including Northern Ireland)[edit]



  • Friends School, Tokyo, Japan, founded by Quaker missionaries, now independent of specific meeting care, but run on Friends principles


All Quaker schools and yearly meetings in Kenya are affiliated with Friends United Meeting. Note that the Friends World Committee for Consultation[17] counts, but does not name, many more Kenyan Friends schools than are listed here,


Palestinian West Bank[edit]


United States[edit]


Higher education[edit]

Secondary (high) schools[edit]

"Independent Quaker schools" are operated using Quaker principles and often include a majority of Quakers among trustees, but are not formally under care of a meeting.

Mary McDowell school, Brooklyn

Lower and middle schools[edit]

Note: This section lists schools with grades only below 9th grade. Schools including high school grades are listed above.

Study centers[edit]



  1. ^
  2. ^ Friends United Meeting page
  3. ^ Bolivian Quaker Education Fund
  4. ^ "Pickering College: Quakerism". Pickering College. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  5. ^ Monteverde Friends School
  6. ^ Ackworth School: Ethos and Mission
  7. ^ Bootham School Governance page
  8. ^ Breckenbrough School site
  9. ^
  10. ^
  11. ^ "About St Christopher"
  12. ^ Stramongate School at Visit Cumbria
  13. ^ Stramongate School documents preserved
  14. ^ "Wigton Old Scholars Association, including a brief history of the school". Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. 
  15. ^ Lisburn School History page
  16. ^ Happy Grove Alumni Association history page
  17. ^ Friends World Committee for Consultation
  18. ^ Friends Theological College site
  19. ^ Klamath Falls Friends Church page on FU Kamoisi
  20. ^ from the Friends University History page
  21. ^ HGST statement of faith
  22. ^ Founded by Friends, Scarecrow Press summary
  23. ^ EFC-ER outreach page
  24. ^ "Values and Traditions". Whittier College. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  25. ^ "Quaker Heritage". William Penn University. Archived from the original on 2008-05-04. Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  26. ^ Carolina Friends School site
  27. ^ DVFS web site
  28. ^ Alaska Yearly Meeting site
  29. ^ Friends Meeting School
  30. ^ NW Yearly meeting reference to Greenleaf
  31. ^ Olney School history
  32. ^ Buckingham Friends School page about Buckingham Friends Meeting
  33. ^ Cambridge Friends School
  34. ^ Cambridge Friends School fast facts
  35. ^ Chicago Friends School
  36. ^ CT Friends School history
  37. ^ Friends School of Minnesota
  38. ^ Friends Western School
  39. ^ Lansdowne Friends School
  40. ^ Rancocas meeting site
  41. ^ Richmond Friends School site
  42. ^ Ridgewood Friends School site
  43. ^ Stratford Friends School site
  44. ^ West Chester Friends School
  45. ^ Westbury Friends School
  46. ^ Westfield Friends School
  47. ^ EFC-MAYM affiliates
  48. ^ Wichita Friends School site
  49. ^ John Woolman College
  50. ^ Samathonga Primary School site on

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