Why FCS?

Joining the Friends' Central community is more than simply enrolling in a school. At Friends' Central School, we cultivate the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of our students. This shared mission serves our greater vision, which is to awaken courage and intellect - and peacefully transform the world.

We pursue our mission and vision every day through integrating these Central 4 principles into every aspect of life at Friends' Central: we are guided by our Quaker values, educating for excellence, inspiring tomorrow's leaders, and honoring the individual. 

See the Central 4 in Action in the Lower School.


Our Quaker commitment to truth seeking and belief in the idea of Continuing Revelation drive an intense commitment to an education that is intellectual, thoughtful, and diverse. This includes our dedication to building a globally engaged community of students and faculty from different racial, religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and a pedagogy that is grounded in reflection, integrity, and a willingness to accept responsibility. Meeting for Worship and community service are at the very center of teaching these core values.

Read about the impact of Quaker philosophy on our curriculum


Challenging, intellectual, and engaging, Friends' Central's curriculum builds foundational skills within an education that is innovative, thoughtful, and dynamic. At every level, our students are encouraged to ask questions and to seek answers that push beyond their impressive accumulation of facts. Never satisfied by “what”, our students are always asking “why” “how” and, perhaps most importantly, “why not”?

Friends’ Central students distinguish themselves while at FCS, in college where they are known for their exceptional preparation, and in the world where their contributions are extraordinary.


From nursery to grade 12, our curriculum requires students to amass knowledge and skills as individuals as they learn and collaborate in teams. With creativity fueling their progress, our students learn to adapt to new situations and ideas and to work hard to achieve their goals. Throughout their transformation from playful, eager children to skilled, self-possessed, socially conscious teenagers, they remain intellectually curious, independent, and engaged thinkers.

Friends' Central students gain both the academic skills and the personal qualities they draw upon to succeed in a rapidly changing, global world.


At the heart of everything we do is the belief that each individual is valued and that each voice is important. Our students thrive because we approach every child as an individual and encourage his/her social and emotional development as well as academic growth. With a confidence that grows out of a community built on respect and individual value, our students find the courage to express their convictions and the empathy to listen respectfully to divergent viewpoints.

To see firsthand the dynamic learning environment and the collaboration and collegiality among our students and teachers at Friends' Central, join us at one of our Admission Events or request more information here.

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