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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

Friends School continues to operate in a virtual learning mode. Although our campus is closed, we are still working closely with prospective students and their families. All members of our Admission staff are available and happy to engage virtually with families at your convenience. Please reach out to us at admission@friendsbalt.org, or contact your divisional admission director.

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

Applying

Application Deadline
December 15
Application Fee
$50
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
ISEE

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$32,875
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
43%
Average Financial Aid
From Friends School of Baltimore

Friends School of Baltimore is a private coeducational Quaker school that is deeply committed to helping young people discover and become the person they are meant to be. As Baltimore’s oldest school, Friends has pioneered innovative teaching and learning in, of, and for Baltimore since 1784. Friends is guided by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship, and a core belief that there is that of God in each person. A Friends School education equips young people with the knowledge and confidence they need to become courageous changemakers wherever their path leads.

Friends School of Baltimore Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1320
136 responses
Average ACT
30
58 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
67%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 37 responses
Report
  • Scarlet and grey day
    24%
  • Friday night basketball
    14%
  • Hollyfest
    14%
  • Earth Day
    11%
  • Musical
    11%
  • Spirit week
    8%
  • Homecoming
    5%

    Students

    Diversity
    A-
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    850
    55%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
    82%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
    45%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

    Preschool

    Annual Cost
    $21,050
    Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
    Starting Age
    4
    Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
    7:1
    Schedule Options
    • Offers Full Week
    • Offers Part Week
    • Offers Full Day
      Yes
    • Offers Part Day

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    9:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    71%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.14 responses
    Poll
    64%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.14 responses
    Poll
    71%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.14 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    67%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
    50%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
    50%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses
    Living in the Area
    1. Cost of Living
      B
    2. Good for Families
      A
    3. Housing
      A-
    Median Household Income
    $206,356
    National
    $55,322
    Median Rent
    $898
    National
    $949
    Median Home Value
    $568,545
    National
    $184,700

    Friends School of Baltimore Reviews

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    I am a Friends School alum Class of 2017 and I really enjoyed my time at Friends. It is not perfect, but I do not regret spending the majority of my grade school time there. I enjoyed that I had to play a sport because it made me more well rounded as a person. There are many extra curricular activities which makes this school a great fit or anyone regardless of their interests. Being a part of the minority at this school, I learned a lot about myself and the world and for that I am truly thankful. Lastly, this school most definitely prepared me for college. I never realized how prepared I was until I was placed in the college curriculum and I am more successful than I ever thought I'd be. Thank you, Friends!
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    My children have been students at Friends School since kindergarten, and they are both in Middle School now. They have had a wonderful experience there, and I have been grateful for the care and excellence of the teachers, the school's thoughtful administrative decisions and Quaker foundation, and the other families we've met. The School's response to the pandemic has been careful and rational, and I've appreciated that they put the safety of the students first and gave families information and options. No school is perfect all the time, but in a decade-long relationship there, I have appreciated teachers and leadership's willingness to listen and either to carefully explain or to reconsider decisions. Our family has all benefited from our children's attendance at FSB; we cannot imagine a more caring, challenging, nurturing school.
    Friends School of Baltimore was named the best private school in Baltimore by Baltimore Magazine 2018. And it's true! Steeped in the Quaker tradition of "SPICES" ( simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, stewardship), the campus exudes these attributes. The quality of education is stellar. For example, the Upper School does not have AP courses because ALL of the classes are considered advanced. So every student is challenged, but also lovingly supported and cheered on as they embark on their life journey. The feeling at Friends is truly community. Once you're a Quaker, you'll always be a Quaker and many alumni return to teach or speak or give a concert or show their award-winning film. A Friends education is like the American Express commercial, priceless.