What is a Quaker School?
A Quaker school education is based on the beliefs and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
Quakers embrace the principles of tolerance, equality and spirituality. They believe the Inner Light, or God, is in each of us. Quaker schools reflect these philosophies in the classroom, creating a learning environment that is flexible, challenging and understanding.
Each Quaker school has its own unique style and personality. However, they all have a common purpose: to provide a rich and rewarding education, and to foster community, spirituality, responsibility and stewardship.
Why a Quaker School?
Attending a Quaker school, also known as a Friends school, can be extremely rewarding. Hallmarks of The Quaker School experience include:
- The belief that each child has unique gifts and talents
- Open-mindedness and understanding
- An emphasis on service, social action and learning by experience
- Commitment to community, responsibility, stewardship and environmental sustainability
Do I have to be Quaker?
No you don’t. Nor do Quaker schools seek to convert others to the Friends religion.
- Quakers deeply value a diverse religious atmosphere.
- At most Friends schools, Quakers make up only a small portion of the student body.
- The Quaker school environment helps children refine their own moral positions and consider their spiritual roots.
Meeting for Worship
Students gather for Meeting for Worship (what might be called "chapel" elsewhere) and sit in silence. All those present are welcomed to stand and speak if they feel moved or inspired.
There is no minister or sermon. It is through this quiet reflection and communal sharing that people of all faith traditions can worship together.
Questions about the Quaker school experience?
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