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About Friends School of Minnesota

Staff and students at the Friends School of Minnesota, grades K-8.

Friends School of Minnesota (FSM) is an independent K–8 Quaker school in the heart of St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood. In the tradition of more than 80 Friends Schools across the United States, FSM meets children’s intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs in an environment that nurtures their social consciousness. Now in its 27th year, FSM is a vibrant school, known for its progressive curriculum, commitment to community, acclaimed conflict resolution program, and joyful approach to educating children.

FSM is dedicated to its mission: to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding, and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.

FSM’s 168 students learn from a rich, hands-on curriculum in multi-age classrooms of 16 to 21. We believe children learn best as active participants, collaborators, and problem-solvers within a community. We think learning should be in-depth, thematic, and interdisciplinary, while teaching the appreciation of multiple perspectives and fostering social skills. Our focus on place-based education engages students within the local community and prepares them to be compassionate global citizens. We emphasize environmental education and service learning starting in kindergarten. We have specialists in music, visual arts, physical education, and Spanish.

Our community actively works to increase diversity, remove barriers, and be welcoming and accessible. In our admissions process, we seek a wide range of academic abilities and diverse learning styles. We seek diversity, including racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, family structure, and belief system. FSM families have a broad range of religious and non-religious backgrounds, including 10 percent Quaker. Twelve percent of our students come from LGBT families and 35 percent of students are children of color, mostly from multiracial families. We provide need-based tuition aid for 37 percent of our students—up to 90 percent of tuition per student—to increase access to FSM. Our conflict resolution program is integrated into the daily culture of the school, actively teaching and modeling nonviolent, respectful techniques to solve the natural conflicts found in every diverse community.

Our great location across the street from a mini-arboretum city park and our inviting indoor spaces serve our students well, but we continue to improve our facilities. This past summer, we added a fully equipped art room, dedicated Spanish room, small group spaces and middle school student lounge to our existing facilities, which include nine classrooms, a full-size gymnasium, music room, library, and multi-purpose room. Our school grounds incorporate outdoor classroom spaces and a natural play yard as well as a traditional playground and open field.

Lots of folks first hear about Friends School of Minnesota because of our plant sale fundraiser. Many prospective families come take a look at the school that’s behind the big event. Some say meeting our helpful middle school student volunteers made them curious about our school program. If you would like to learn more about the school, please contact us at admissions@fsmn.org, call 651-917-0636, or see our website at www.fsmn.org. We’d love to show you around!

 

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