About Friends School of Minnesota

Friends School of Minnesota is a K-8 progressive education school grounded in Quaker values. FSM was founded in 1988 and is located in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul.  We currently have 168 students and 29 faculty and staff. 

In the tradition of more than 80 Quaker Friends Schools across the United States, Friends School of Minnesota meets children’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness. We offer a rich, progressive education program where in-depth academic studies are supported by Quaker values and peaceful forms of conflict resolution. We believe that children learn best as active participants, collaborators, and problem-solvers within a community. We emphasize environmental education and we have specialists in music, visual arts, physical education, and Spanish.

We are a diverse community with students from a broad range of religious and non-religious backgrounds, including eight percent from Quaker families. We welcome ethnic and economic diversity; 37 percent are children of color and 32 percent of FSM families receive need-based financial aid. About eight percent of our students come from LGBT families. 

Friends School of Minnesota all school photo 2015-16


Friends School of Minnesota is accredited by ISACS (Independent Schools Association of the Central States). The ISACS accreditation team described FSM as “a little jewel of a school.”

We are a member of the Minnesota Association of Independent Schools (MAIS) and the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

Friends School of Minnesota is one of 81 Friends schools in the United States and a member of Friends Council on Education.