Wilmington Friends School

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Wilmington Friends School
Wilmington, Delaware
United States
Type Independent Day Co-Ed
Religious affiliation(s) Quaker
Established 1748
Head of School Kenneth E. Aldridge
Enrollment 735

Wilmington Friends School is a preschool-12th grade, Quaker school, in Wilmington, Delaware. Today, the school is just above 7% Quaker. At Friends, global education encompasses signature international programs (International Baccalaureate, inter-divisional Chinese, School Year Abroad) and an overall approach that teaches students to engage complex issues intellectually and in action, in and outside of the classroom, with a sense of confidence and responsibility. The school was founded in 1748 by members of the Wilmington Monthly Meeting of Friends (Quakers).[1]

Wilmington Friends School originally aimed to provide education for children belonging to the Society of Friends and to poor children, whatever their race, religion, or family's financial circumstance. Delaware historian Benjamin Ferris wrote in the 19th century "Thousands of children have there received the first rudiments of an English education."[2]

As Delaware started offering public education, the School moved toward its current all college-preparatory program. In 1937, the Friends School moved from its original site to its current location in Alapocas, just outside the city.

Wilmington Friends School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools,[3] and is authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization[4] and School Year Abroad.[5] Friends integrates global perspective throughout its curriculum, and emphasizes athletics, the arts, and service as integral to the program of studies.

Notable alumni include James A. Bayard, Louis McLane, Caesar A. Rodney.[6]


  1. ^ Hillegas, Jeanette O (October 1975). "Wilmington Friends School--1748". Independent School Bulletin. Retrieved 2008-02-08. This is another brief account of one of the seventeen member schools founded in the United States before 1776. 
  2. ^ Ferris, Benjamin (1846). A history of the original settlements on the Delaware. Wilson & Heald. p. 298. 
  3. ^ "CSS-MSA". 
  4. ^ "IBO - Wilmington Friends School". 
  5. ^ "SYA - Consortium". 
  6. ^ Thomas, Grace Powers (1898). Where to educate, 1898-1899. A guide to the best private schools, higher institutions of learning, etc., in the United States. Boston: Brown and Company. p. 41. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 

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Coordinates: 39°46′07″N 75°33′02″W / 39.7685°N 75.5505°W / 39.7685; -75.5505