Signature Programs

Our signature programs – unique and carefully crafted experiences that take students beyond traditional classroom learning – are integral to the Friends' Central approach to education throughout the grades.

Service Learning

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.

Maker Education

Making is grounded in the tradition of constructionism, which believes that we learn best by building knowledge through experience, not through transmission and assimilation.


At Friends’ Central, teachers understand that when they listen to their students and approach their ideas and questions positively, it teaches students that they can lead, that they can create real change.

Lower School Signature Programs

Among its many signature programs, the Lower School is known for its commitment to learning in the natural world, thematic learning, and the Ulmer Family Light Lab - a state-of-the-art Makerspace for young learners.

Middle School Signature Programs

Middle School students are provided with an abundance of hands-on learning experiences in and out of the classroom.

Distinguished Lecture Series & Core Teams

Friends' Central School's Distinguished Lecture Series seeks to inspire the next generation of writers, educators, scientists, researchers, policy makers, and thinkers by bringing renowned scholars to campus for courses and a public lecture. A Core Team of Friends' Central students prepares for the lectures in advance and participates in special classes and workshops throughout the year,