Friends' Central Middle School
Friends’ Central Middle School transforms eager, enthusiastic, and motivated elementary school students into self-aware, analytical, and empathetic eighth graders. Our Middle School program produces courageous leaders and independent thinkers who are ready for the challenges of Upper School and beyond.
The time and attention Friends’ Central Middle School teachers devote to encouraging, challenging, and supporting our students as individuals and members of the community sets us apart. Our teachers understand and delight in the opportunities and challenges that come with shepherding children into adolescence. The individual attention our teachers pay to their students’ intellectual, spiritual, and ethical selves enables them to thrive.
Middle School children become bold thinkers because they are encouraged to try new ideas and take intellectual risks. We champion trial and error, discovery, and intellectual courage in all areas of our Middle School curriculum. By doing so, we give students the self-confidence and academic skills that ensure success.
Our Middle School program is rich with academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities, as well as weekly clubs, community service, Meeting for Worship, mini-courses, instrumental and vocal groups, a fantastic drama program, a student-run newspaper, and more. Students are encouraged to both discover new interests and pursue their personal passions.
“Our focus on relationships builds an incredible safety net for children at a particularly vulnerable time of their lives. The trust and assurance of relationships allows children to take risks and challenge themselves to higher levels of social and academic excellence. I don’t know what greater gift we can give kids.”
- Alexa Dunnington Quinn '98, Middle School Principal
Meet Our Middle School Principals
Alexa has been the principal of Friends’ Central’s Middle School since 2012 and a member of the Middle School administrative team since 2008. Before becoming principal, Alexa spent ten years as a teacher of Language Arts and Writers’ Workshop; she also served as an advisor and coach at FCS. Alexa holds a master’s degree in English from Middlebury College and a Master’s in School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a graduate of Friends’ Central School (Class of 1998) and is the parent of two Lower School students.
Andy White '03 joined the Friends' Central community as the Middle School Assistant Principal in July 2020. Andy earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and holds two master's degrees - one in cinema studies from the University of Southern California and another in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to FCS, he taught English at Hopkins School and St. Bernard’s School before becoming their Head of Upper School (gr. 7-9). At St. Bernard’s, Andy was responsible for hiring, retaining, evaluating, and supporting faculty; he strengthened and led the advisory program and programming for diversity, equity, and inclusion. He also reviewed and evaluated curriculum and academic offerings, oversaw admissions efforts, built strong partnerships between families and the school, and was beloved by his students.