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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B+

Applying

Application Deadline
November 30
Application Fee
$49
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE, SSAT

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$37,000
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
32%
Average Financial Aid
From Friends Central School

Friends' Central School is a Quaker, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students in Nursery through grade 12. Located on 41 acres across two campuses in Wynnewood, PA, Friends' Central cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of our students. Guided by our Quaker values, we have been educating for excellence since 1845, inspiring tomorrow's leaders, honoring each individual, and encouraging our students to peacefully transform the world.

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1330
141 responses
Average ACT
31
76 responses

Learning Through Service

Community service at Friends’ Central School is part of the School’s identity, culture, and tradition. We believe that caring for our school, local, and global communities serves the guiding testimonies of stewardship, community, peace, and integrity. Service work creates strong individual and institutional relationships, which strengthen both our community and each student's sense of self-worth.

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.4 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.4 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
  • Sport events
    31%
  • Freshman/senior sibling
    19%
  • Coffee house
    13%
  • International day of peace
    13%
  • Meeting for Worship
    13%
  • Ringing the bell at lower school graduation
    13%

    Students

    Diversity
    B
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    806
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
    80%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
    80%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.8 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.8 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.8 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    50%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.4 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.4 responses
    50%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.4 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      B-
    2. Good for Families
      A+
    3. Housing
      A
    Median Household Income
    $131,161
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $1,473
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $366,200
    National
    $184,700

    Friends Central School Reviews

    51 reviews
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    I have one graduate and two current students at FCS. We love the school! Academics is top notch and students are taught how to think critically, not just memorize facts. This has enabled my older child to easily adapt to college environment/demands after graduation. Thanks to what they learned while at school, all of my kids can easily get into a debate on politics, sports, education and a variety of other topics and speak intelligently and properly present their position. Athletics program is very strong. Theater program is very strong. Students are encouraged to follow their interests/passions and join activities/sports/clubs which makes the whole school experience more fun.
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    Our son loves FCS and its community of people. Unlike some of the Mainline schools, the FCS culture lacks an emphasis on social status and elitism; it is not cliquish, bullying is not an issue, and most students are warm and kind. The "downside" is that students don't have much chance to learn street smarts and "toughen up," but the "upside" is that the school clearly teaches ideas of empathy, consent and concern for others.

    Some teachers are truly exceptional: smart, engaging, imaginative, inspiring, high energy, approachable, and caring (mostly in Science, English, and History). The rest have been quite competent but somewhat less warm.

    Principals Alexa Quinn & Beth Johnson are as good as it gets. They are dedicated, responsive and proactive in taking action.

    Extracurricular activities are mixed: great for theater and sports, good for jazz band, and limited for classical orchestra). Clubs vary greatly in worth.
    I have attended private progressive schools all my life, so I am used to being a minority in my classes. I have learned to speak out about things that I see both fair and unjust. At Friends Central they encourage you to voice your feelings and standup for your beliefs, that is the Quaker way. Friends Central, like most private schools, has been working on improving diversity relations. We as students are tasked with laying a lot of the diversity groundwork and because of this I have forged forever friendships with my peers and with staff. My experience here has been overall a great one. The faculty has taught me the value of hard work and to learn from the mistakes when you fall short. My peers taught me that everyone’s belief does not need to align with yours, but you should always be a respecter of persons, and on the occasion you find someone that doesn’t you should practice equanimity, something I learned during meaningful worship time.