Friends School of Minnesota prepares children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.
Statement of Philosophy and Practice
Friends School is grounded in the values and practices of the Religious Society of Friends, including community, simplicity, equality, non-violence, justice, and silent reflection. Quakers believe that there is within each individual “that of God,” an inner light or divine seed, a center from which each of us grows to reach our highest potential. The school provides a holistic education, nurturing the physical, intellectual, spiritual, and social development of children.
With the central goal of promoting academic excellence in our students, Friends School is guided by the principles of progressive education, which recognize that children learn best as active participants, collaborators, and problem-solvers. In the progressive classroom, children learn to know the world and to achieve a fuller understanding of themselves. Rich projects enable children to acquire the skills and conceptual understandings that lie at the heart of the formal disciplines.
The classroom community is of central importance, designed to prepare children to be active participants in a democracy.
Friends School Is Committed to:
Respecting the worth of each person. Children learn that individuals possess freedom of conscience and civil and economic rights and responsibilities. We teach acceptance of differences among individuals and address differences in learning styles.
Teaching peace. Children learn non-violent means of resolving conflicts as part of normal school life, often carrying these methods into their families and the wider community. Children learn how social injustice can be overcome nonviolently.
Building community. Children learn to take responsibility for their own actions and develop empathy, compassion, and a commitment to the well-being of all. We practice and teach cooperative decision-making. Friends, parents, staff, and students all have roles in the life of the school.
Equality. Children learn to understand and value differences among cultures. We teach that a multi-cultural society is stronger for its diversity. We teach gender equity. We are dedicated to a school community that draws from the Twin Cities’ diversity in religious beliefs, ethnicity, economic status, culture, and sexual orientation.
Developing life-long learning skills. We nurture each child’s desire to explore and understand the world and teach him or her the skills needed to enable continued learning. These include critical thinking, creativity, decision-making, and technological competence.
Nurturing the spiritual awareness of children. In silent reflection, in class or with the whole school, children learn to listen to their own inner voice. Children learn about people who have been spirit-led, past and present. The school provides many opportunities for children to enhance their spiritual life through creative expression.