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List of Friends schools


List of Friends schools

Friends schools are institutions that provide an education based on the beliefs and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). This article is a list of schools currently or historically associated with the Society of Friends, regardless of their current degree of affiliation.

Friends schools vary greatly, both in their interpretation of Quaker principles and in how they relate to formal organizations that make up the Society of Friends. Most Friends schools are similar in their mission however: to provide an academically sound education while also instilling values of community, spirituality, responsibility and stewardship in their students.[1]

Some institutions founded by Friends were never formally "Quaker Schools." Some historically Friends institutions are no longer formally associated with the Society of Friends. Those that continue to call themselves "Quaker schools" may have formal oversight from a Friends yearly or monthly meetings (often called coming "under care of" a meeting), and others are governed by members of the Society of Friends and/or adhere to aspects of Quaker practice.

Because of the wide range of Friends, the branch (or branches) of Quakerism with which the school affiliates are included, and where applicable the Yearly, Quarterly or Monthly Meeting under whose care or governance the school is held is shown.


  • Australia 1
  • Belize 2
  • Bolivia 3
  • Canada 4
  • Costa Rica 5
  • El Salvador 6
  • Great Britain 7
    • Secondary Schools 7.1
    • Other institutions 7.2
  • Honduras 8
  • Spain 9
  • Ireland (including Northern Ireland) 10
  • Jamaica 11
  • Japan 12
  • Kenya 13
  • Lebanon 14
  • Palestinian West Bank 15
  • United States 16
    • Higher Education 16.1
    • Secondary (High) Schools 16.2
    • Lower & Middle Schools 16.3
    • Study Centers 16.4
  • Zimbabwe 17
  • References 18
  • External links 19




Bolivian Friends have established several schools, which are supported from the United States by the Bolivian Quaker Education Fund.


defunct- Argenta Friends School, Argenta, B.C

Costa Rica

El Salvador

  • Instituto Teológico de los Amigos de El Salvador, San Salvador, El Salvador, a ministerial training institute under the care of Iglesia de los Amigos en El Salvador.

Great Britain

For Northern Ireland, see Ireland below

Secondary Schools

  • Ackworth School, England. "founded in 1779 by John Fothergill on behalf of The Religious Society of Friends... the School Committee is still accountable to this body."[4]
  • Bootham School, York, England. Majority of School Committee is appointed by Quakers in Yorkshire, formerly Yorkshire Quarterly Meeting.[5]
  • Breckenbrough School, England. Residential school for boys with behavioral and emotional conditions. A "registered charitable trust school with a Quaker... trusteeship."[6]
  • Leighton Park School, Reading, England. Independent Quaker boarding and day school. Founded in 1890 in part to replace Grove House School in Tottenham, London.
  • The Mount School, York, England, independent Friends school for girls, founded by Yorkshire Quakers.
  • Friends' School, Saffron Walden, England, the oldest Friends School, founded 1702, under the care of Britain Yearly Meeting which indirectly appoints the school's Board of Governors through the Friends' School Saffron Walden General Meeting (FSSWGM).[7]
  • Sibford School, England, independent Friends school
  • Sidcot School, England. "The School’s... Governing Body, is largely appointed by representatives from Quaker meetings in the South West of England."[8]

Non-Friends Schools with Friends Connections

  • St Christopher School, England, founded by Theosophists and never under care of the Society of Friends, but operated 1925-1980 by the Harris family, who were Quakers.[9]

Defunct Friends Schools

  • Great Ayton Friends' School, England, founded as a school for students whose parents had been disowned by Friends meetings for "marrying out" of meeting, became a general Friends school after 1854, became formally disassociated with Friends in 1991 as "Ayton School," and closed in 1997
  • Newington Academy for Girls, Stoke Newington, then just north of London. Founded in 1824 by William Allen.
  • Stramongate School, Kendal, Westmorland (as it was then), operated 1698 – 1932 [10][11]
  • Wennington School, England (closed 1975)
  • Wigton School, Brookfield, Wigton, England (closed 1984)[12]

Other institutions


  • Instituto Biblico Jorge Fox, San Marcos Ocotepeque, Honduras, a ministerial training institute under the care of Junta Annual Amigos de Honduras.


Ireland (including Northern Ireland)




All Quaker schools and yearly meetings in Kenya are affiliated with Friends United Meeting. Note that the Friends World Committee for Consultation website counts, but does not name, many more Kenyan Friends schools than are listed here,


  • Brummana High School (BHS) in Brummana, Lebanon was founded by Theophilus Waldmeier and Cybil & Eli Jones in 1873. It remains in the Friends tradition, managed by British Quakers, serving a wide area of the Middle East.

Palestinian West Bank

United States


Higher Education

Secondary (High) Schools

"Independent Quaker schools" are operated using Quaker principles and often include a majority of Quakers among trustees, but are not formally under care of a meeting.

Mary McDowell school, Brooklyn

Lower & Middle Schools

Note: This section lists schools with grades only below 9th grade. Schools including high school grades are listed above.

Study Centers



  1. ^
  2. ^ Friends United Meeting page
  3. ^ "Pickering College: Quakerism". Pickering College. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  4. ^ Ackworth School: Ethos and Mission
  5. ^ Bootham School Governance page
  6. ^ Breckenbrough School site
  7. ^
  8. ^
  9. ^ "About St Christopher"
  10. ^ Stramongate School at Visit Cumbria
  11. ^ Stramongate School documents preserved
  12. ^ "Wigton Old Scholars Association, including a brief history of the school". Archived from the original on 2012-08-05. 
  13. ^ Lisburn School History page
  14. ^ Happy Grove Alumni Association history page
  15. ^ Friends Theological College site
  16. ^ Klamath Falls Friends Church page on FU Kamoisi
  17. ^ from the Friends University History page
  18. ^ HGST statement of faith
  19. ^ , Scarecrow Press summaryFounded by Friends
  20. ^ EFC-ER outreach page
  21. ^ "Values and Traditions". Whittier College. Retrieved 2008-09-30. 
  22. ^ "Quaker Heritage".  
  23. ^ Carolina Friends School site
  24. ^ DVFS web site
  25. ^ Alaska Yearly Meeting site
  26. ^ NW Yearly meeting reference to Greenleaf
  27. ^ Olney School history
  28. ^ Buckingham Friends School page about Buckingham Friends Meeting
  29. ^ Cambridge Friends School fast facts
  30. ^ CT Friends School history
  31. ^ Friends School of Minnesota
  32. ^ Rancocas meeting site
  33. ^ Ridgewood Friends School site
  34. ^ Stratford Friends School site
  35. ^ West Chester Friends School
  36. ^ Westbury Friends School
  37. ^ Westfield Friends School
  38. ^ EFC-MAYM affiliates
  39. ^ Wichita Friends School site
  40. ^ Samathonga Primary School site on

External links

  • A list of Quaker-originated colleges and universities
  • Another list of Friends' schools
  • Friends Council on Education (includes school finder)
  • List of Friends Schools in the U.K. and bibliographical sources for their study (including schools now closed)

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