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]
  • 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"[9]

Non-Friends schools with Friends connections

Defunct Friends schools

  • Great Ayton Friends' School, England, founded as a school for students whose parents had been disowned by Friends meetings for "marrying out" of meeting, became a general Friends school after 1854, became formally disassociated with Friends in 1991 as "Ayton School," and closed in 1997
  • Newington Academy for Girls, Stoke Newington, then just north of London; founded in 1824 by William Allen
  • Stramongate School, Kendal, Westmorland (as it was then), operated 1698-1932 [11][12]
  • Wennington School, England, closed 1975
  • Wigton School, Brookfield, Wigton, England, closed 1984[13]
  • 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[14]

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]



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