Application

Friends School is a unique learning community. Prospective families and students must first visit the school and get a feel for our culture and philosophy before making an application. Therefore, Friends School requires that interested families tour the school prior to submitting an application for enrollment. Admission to Friends is selective because of the limited amount of space and the large number of applicants. Although there is no application deadline, admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis, and are accepted and logged in a “first come, first served” order.  First time applicants interested in admission for their child should apply early in the academic year for enrollment the following August

 
 
Family Visits and Shadow Days

Family Visits and Shadow Day

 

Friends School administrators will invite students who have submitted applications to visit the school for an evaluation for placement. Through one-on-one assessment, observation, record review, and classroom shadowing, both the Friends School faculty and the family will be able to determine if Friends is the best placement for them.

 
 
Admission Decisions

admission decisions

 

Admission to Friends School is at the sole discretion of the Head of School and decisions are always made in keeping with the best interests of the child, the family, the classroom, and the school. Friends School reserves the right to place children in the class best suited to each individual child’s needs, as well as the needs of the other students, the classroom as a whole, and the needs and strengths of teachers.

Friends School offers enrollment slots on a rolling deadline, filling slots until classrooms are full. All students who have applied but have not been evaluated or accepted will then be placed on a waiting list. Preference is given to current students and their siblings, and children of alumni, if all other factors are equal. In accordance with its mission, Friends School makes every attempt to meet each child’s needs. There are times, however, when we perceive that a student has difficulties with behavior, emotional stability, or learning differences that are beyond the scope of FSL’s capabilities.

 
 
Current Familes

registration for current families

 

Registration for currently enrolled families always begins in January, shortly after the winter break. Siblings of currently enrolled students are also invited to register for the following school year. Applications and registration fees for current families are due to the office within one week of the call for in-house registrations

 
 
Timeline and Fees

Time Line and fees for Application & Enrollment

 
  • Contact the school to request information, register for information session.
  •  Tour Friends School.

  • Submit an Application and the Application Fee ($25 for preschool, $75 for Kindergarten through 8th grade).

  • Submit all required documentation (if any) including report cards or progress reports from previous or current schools; assessments conducted by psychologist, SLP, OT, PT, or other outside organizations or individuals; therapy and / or progress notes from any of the above listed professionals; any other documentation requested or required to inform the Friends School faculty about the prospective student.

  •  Present prospective student to Friends School for a scheduled assessment.

  •  Present prospective student to Friends School for a scheduled shadow date.

  • Meet with the Head of School or the Assistant Head of School to discuss assessment, shadowing, and enrollment status. At this meeting, placement will be offered, deferred, or declined.

  • If both the family and the school agree that Enrollment is in the best interests of all parties, the family will be asked to formally register.

  • A Registration Fee of $200 for a preschool student or $300 for an elementary / middle school student must be provided to the school.

  • The family will then be asked to sign a binding enrollment contract. Contracts must be signed within 2 weeks of receipt. Contracts are fully binding, and must be honored even in the case of withdrawal.

  • Submit required enrollment paperwork, including an immunization certificate (or exemption form).

  • Your student may begin attending on a date agreed upon by the family and the administration of Friends School.