Friends Community School
College Park, MD 20740
About This School
In 2010, Friends Community School had 10 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Maryland average is 15 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Friends Community School Reviews
Great School; Jan. 15, 2012, Review is Odd
The review dated Jan. 15, 2012, does not read like it was written by a parent of a child at Friends Community School (FCS). FCS employs a learning specialist whose job it is to deal with students' learning differences. This position is not new. Further, kids attend different classes according to their abilities and interests, even in the lower grades. While it is true the school may not be able to assist students with substantial learning differences, it is unlikely such students would be accepted into the school in the first place. Unlike some private schools, FCS does not accept just about everyone who applies because it does not have room. Only able students make it in. Further, the school is pretty up front that it can accommodate students with mild learning differences (as well as students with advanced abilities) but not ones needing specialized services across the curriculum.
Initially, we were very excited about attending this school, as we love the Quaker philosophy and tenets that the school is based upon. In practice, however, the school offered little more than your typical public school. There was no willingness by the teachers or administration to meet the individual needs of students, unless the students were performing below grade level. Gifted students, or students with special needs, such as dyslexia or sensory processing disorders, were not provided even modest assistance.
This progressive school in a brand new green LEED certified building has been a wonderful experience for our family. We have a very happy first grader. The school's focus on the whole child is a contrast with our local public schools, and it's affordable compared to similar schools. Great faculty and the new head is fantastic so far - excellent with parents, students and teachers. There are interesting new developments with art, music, science, computers and afterschool programs and the new field will have athletics close behind. Note the address listed here is not current, it's off Kenilworth Ave between Greenbelt and Berwyn Heights now.