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Guided by Quaker principles since its founding in 1885, Friends School Haverford provides an intellectually rich program to an intentionally diverse school family. We promote academic scholarship, creativity, respect, integrity, and self-awareness with a commitment to creating a culture of stewardship and kindness. Friends School Haverford graduates are uniquely prepared to go forth with boldness of intellect and character.

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School Spirit

Our FSH families are keeping the school spirit alive this summer! One of our families sent us a picture of themselves sporting their new fox tank tops. Thanks for showing the love. We hope everyone else enjoying their fox clothing items from the school store. Be on the lookout for more items later this summer.
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Virtual Marimba Concert

The Friday before school ended, Teacher Ed invited nursery through kindergarten classes to a virtual marimba concert in lieu of their usual Friday sing-along. During the half-hour concert, Teacher Ed talked about the composers and music on the program. Some students were moved to play along on their xylophones at home.
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Speaking Words of Wisdom

June is a time of reflection and celebration at FSH. Current third-grade students wrote words of wisdom to our rising third-grade class. They shared wonderful advice and expectations for their fellow students and told them all they can look forward to next year. Writing continued with third-and-fourth-grade classmates sharing class positives about each other: at least a sentence containing a positive memory or characteristic about each of their classmates. Students had so many wonderful things to say about their friends.
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Congratulations to Cheryl Hammond Hopewell!

Throw confetti and congratulate our Director of Finance and Operations Cheryl Hammond Hopewell! Cheryl received the John Batley Award from the Philadelphia Area Independent School Business Officers Association. This is given annually to those who demonstrate a “professional ethos and personal commitment to advancing the role and effectiveness of Business Officers at independent schools.” When she receives the award later this month at PAISBOA's annual meeting, Cheryl will become the first person of color to receive this prestigious honor; her professional peers were in unanimous agreement in recognizing her accomplished career. Thank you, Cheryl, for all that you have done for Friends School Haverford!
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Congratulations, FSH grade 8 graduates!

On Thursday, friends and families gathered for a special virtual graduation ceremony that was filled with joy. A slideshow of photographs brought back memories of the 2019-2020 school year. Friends heard inspiring words from School Committee Clerk Bev Keith and Teacher Liza. Middle school students led us in song with Bob Dylan’s classic tune, "I Shall Be Released." We celebrated our 8th-grade graduates by watching videos documenting the faculty’s surprise visits to their family homes, where they received gifts, graduation certificates, and resounding applause from their proud families and teachers. Faculty and 8th-grade graduates delivered moving farewell speeches. Congratulations to our wonderful 2020 graduates. We wish you the best and will miss you next year! Copy the link to enjoy watching the graduation ceremony:

Distance Learning & Virtual Admissions

Our campus may be closed, but Early Childhood through Middle School students continue to learn together through FSH Online. We will continue our Distance Learning Program through the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Our Admissions Office remains open and continues to accept applications for the 2020-21 school year.
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Congratulations, Jack!

Join us on Friday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m. for our virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate Jack and the class of 2020. Congratulations, Jack!
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Living Our Mission in the Face of Injustice

As a Quaker school that holds sacred the inherent value of each human life, Friends School Haverford joins with people across our city and nation to mourn the senseless loss of black lives and to stand against the institutionalized racism that allows such violence to happen again and again.
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Congratulations, Hanan!

Join us on Friday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m. for our virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate Hanan and the class of 2020. Congratulations, Hanan!
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Nursery Handmade Puppets

Handmade puppets of Teacher Meredith and Teacher Debra went home with nursery students, often tagging along on outdoor adventures. Inspired by the book “Flat Stanley,” these puppets bring a little bit of FSH spirit while Nursery takes nature hikes and outdoor adventures with families. Recently, everyone surprised Teacher Meredith and Teacher Debra by taking out their puppets and playing with them in a Zoom session!
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Congratulations AJ!

Join us on Friday, June 5 at 4:00 p.m for our virtual graduation ceremony to celebrate AJ and the class of 2020. Congratulations AJ!
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Virtual Spring Celebration of the Arts

On May 28, families and friends came together for our Virtual Spring Celebration of the Arts, a digital variation of an annual event that showcases the creative expanse of our art curriculum. Participants viewed printmaking, ceramics, fiber arts, paintings, and drawings by students in nursery through eighth grade. Along with the amazing visual art, participants listened to music performed by students through our musical curriculum. If you missed the show, you can still see it by following the link below. Grab a few snacks and a beverage, sit back, and enjoy! Copy link:
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Middle School Poetry Reading

FSH families and faculty came together Wednesday evening for a virtual poetry reading hosted by our middle school poets and Teacher Rob’s beat-poet alter ego. We heard a stellar variety of experimental writing as diverse in form and subject matter as the middle school community itself. Our poets sang about family, social issues, self-identity, places, quarantine, and hope beyond COVID-19. Some poems were humorous; others were sincere; all were expressive and true. Let’s give a thunderous applause to our fabulous middle schoolers!
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Outdoor nature exploration

Outdoor nature exploration is the heartbeat of Nursery School. Nursery friends have been submitting pictures of themselves and their outdoor discoveries on recent nature walks, reminding us that we stay together in spirit even when we're separated. Classmates share their nature discoveries every morning during Zoom circle time. So far, they have found tree stumps to jump on, rocks to climb, trails and tadpoles, and caterpillar marks on leaves. To collect some of their discoveries, students have made nature treasure boxes out of egg cartons.
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Kindergarten Poets

Kindergarten students have been writing poetry in small group Zoom sessions. They’ve experimented with acrostic poems and free verse to express ideas of their own. Our poets are learning from each other and practicing community-building while far apart!
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Congratulations Grades K-8

Since September, kindergarten through eight-grade students have answered 120,000 questions in both Math and Language Arts combined in IXL. IXL is a personalized online learning platform that develops skills in Math and Language Arts. FSH teachers use the platform as one of many tools to analyze data and offer personalized instruction to our students. FSH recently earned a certificate for this outstanding achievement. Way to go FSH!
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Grades 3/4 Social Studies

“The great force of history comes from the fact that we carry it within us.” Teacher Rae’s 3/4 class learned the truth of James Baldwin’s statement this week when they studied the landmark case Brown vs. Board of Education. This lesson expanded the world of the class’s recent novel "The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963." Students read the last few chapters aloud during their morning Zoom meetings, talking through the challenging scenarios faced by the Watson family, and asking questions about the story and our society today. They made individual connections to movies, television, books, and shared personal experiences.
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Special Guests on Zoom

Heritage House students were treated to a few special guests on Zoom last Friday! One of our preschool parents arranged a behind the scenes talk with the giraffe zookeeper from the Elmwood Park Zoo! Gerald, Mokolo, and Dhoruba are the three giraffes the students got to see up close. The students had several questions for the zookeeper and learned that they walk within an hour of birth, they eat leaves from trees, and only need about thirty minutes of sleep a day.
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Grade 1/2 Poets

Celebrating National Poetry Month, Grades 1/2 wrote acrostic poems about amazing women from history. The stellar subjects included Mária Telkes, Queen Elizabeth II, Malala, Sally Ride, Elizabeth Hamilton, Nancy Roman, Sojourner Truth, and Maya Moore. A few students “celebrated themselves and sang themselves” with a different organizational pattern: repetition. These students wrote original "I am" poems composed of three-line stanzas that each began with “I _______.” Students wrote about themselves in true, expressive terms. Have a look at some of their clever samples!

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At a glance

  • 8:1 Student to teacher ratio
  • 25 Faculty
  • 57% Faculty have advanced degrees
  • 134 Years in Quaker Education
  • 40% Students of color
  • 28 Zip codes
  • 99% Students accepted into first secondary school choice