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3652 days ago

This is the absolute worst elementary school the city of Denver has to offer! The faculty is not concerned with childrens safety! My Son was blatently picked on and assaulted and even had his arm broken by another student and the faculty knew there was a problem and nothing was ever done except to punish both my son and the bully by not letting them attend a classroom party? What kind of punishment is that? Do yourself and your children a favor and avoid this torture chamber of a school at all costs!!!

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3660 days ago

My son has attended since he was five. It is the best school ever. Individualized attention, personal instruction and character building. I would not choose anywhere else for my child. Any place can teach your child to read and write, FMS teaches them to think, learn, and be responsible and empathetic members of society.

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3814 days ago

Check the college list - they must be doing something right.

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3859 days ago

This school, which serves students grades Pre-K through 8, combines challenging academics with values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality and stewardship (ecology). They actively teach consensus building and conflict resolution, and strive to send students out to face the world with conscience, conviction and compassion.

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4475 days ago

  Germantown Friends is a well respected Friends School located in Philadelphia. The Campus takes up much of a city block in downtown Germantown, a neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia. The school is supervised by the Germantown Monthly Meeting. Quakerism and a very liberal atittude help define this urban private school. Many of the students come from Northwest Philadelphia ( Germantown , Mt. Airy , Chestnut Hill ) and are from middle class to affluent families. The school also has a Community Scholar Program that helps bring in minorities. This program has successfully helped integrate a school that was not alway diverse before the program. In fact GFS is a school where Quakerism and school ties to the Germantown meeting run deep. Although Quakers make up maybe 5% of the total student body, they and their families tied into the Meeting have a great say in how the school operates. It's also a school where you can find generations of families attending the school. There is quite a deference (openly or not) to those who's families are tied into the School.

GFS is an excellent academic institution. The quality of the education is first rate. It ranks #10 in Philadelphia Magazine's Elite 40 Private schools, highest among it's Quaker Friends School League peers. The school offers strong academics , quality athletics and some strong extracurricular programs. GFS students are known to be workaholics and/or flakes. They also go onto top notch colleges. The school competes across the board in athletics and has won more overall Friends School League Titles than any other school in the League. They have done so while playing some of the more competitive area schools, even when they havent had teams that have measured up to these better teams. GFS's biggest extracurricular program is the school Choir. They perform a Christmas program and annually travel abroad. GFS also has a number of programs that take place annually and are part of the School Exeprience. The school is very liberal, very much a left-leaning idealism based on Quaker values. It makes for a bit of a unique School experience, something that doesnt quite encorporate things you'd find a more traditional H.S. ( like not having Class Validictorians or allowing Juniors to take a month off to do Independent Projects out in the "Real World" then have them come back and report on what they did). GFS isnt one of the older Friends Schools but it is one of the more distinguished in the Philadelphia area and it's very much rooted in Germantown. For more on the school check it out on wikipedia.com. Someone connected to the school must have written the review because it is quite detailed.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germantown_Friends_Sch ool

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4475 days ago

  I give Friends Central Five Stars. I must say I am impressed with the school. Located on City Line avenue outside of Philadelphia, FCS is a school located in an affluent neighborhood. It was reflected in the student body when I was in school and we went there for games. The school itself has come along quite nicely since then. I had a chance to go to a Basketbal game there and the campus is very impressive, with new buildings and a gym that looks like a Div-3 Liberal Arts College gymnasium. The school also has some impressive new building. The student body also looked much more diverse than what I had known it to be.  It's one of the larger Quaker schools in the area and they do well in Friends School League competition. Checking out the school on wikipedia.com you have to be impressed as well. The list of alumni is quite distinguished. The school is rated #13 among area Private Schools which is very good, and you'd think it might have been even higher.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friends_Central_School

 

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4475 days ago

  Greene Street Friends is a private Quaker Lower and Middle school located in the neighborhood of Germantown in Philadelphia. It's a small private school with solid academics and a very good school experience that makes it a quality academic option for families that wish to send their children to private school.

GSFS is located across the street from Germantown Friends School and while the two schools are on good relations , they really operate as their own separate schools. This is just fine for Greene Street. The School is very much in line with Quaker ideals and it reflects in much of how the school operates. The school itself has grown , expanding it's campus along the City block it occupies while adding a middle school ( 7th and 8th grades) some twenty years ago. The changes have been part of the evolution of the school. GSFS is a great academic option for middle class families in Northwest Philadelphia ( mainly Germantown and Mt. Airy). Like GFS, there is a left leaning liberalism based on Quaker ideals that define the school. It makes for a more unique school experience, but in a good way. There really seems to be a sense of community among those who attend the school. Because it's students move onto High School it doesnt always carry over to it's alumni. Still this is a great little school in a good section of Philadelphia that offer a solid education that fits right in with it's surroundings.

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4475 days ago

Quaker bording school located in Newtown , Pa. ( Northeast of Philadelphia). School is on a nice campus in the suburbs. I remember it looking kinda like a private, liberal arts school. I'm not all that familar with George School academically. I did know Bill Cosby's late son Ennis went there. George School is very competitive in the Friends School League, fielding good sports teams across the board. I believe their Boy's Soccer team is the best of the bunch. Philadelphia Magazine's Elite 40 Private schools ranks George School 29th among area schools, below many of it's Priavte School peers. That is a real surprise considering the review given on wikipedia.com.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_School

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4476 days ago

I am an alum of AFS and I loved my AFS experience. Over the last twenty years, AFS has really given their students a true "liberal arts" experience with a range of academic courses, excellent sports, and visual and performing arts as well.

Also, as someone who has been in education for a long time, it is important to remember that there are no "good schools"...only good fits for a student.  AFS was a good fit for me.

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4477 days ago

  Abington Friends is actually located in Jenkintown, Pa. Go figure. Sports fields front the campus before you get to the main buildings of the school. It's located in a nice suburban neighborhood that is not that far from the Philadelphia border.

I can't say I know a whole lot about the school academically other than it's #18 Rating among the Elite 40 Private Schools in the Philadelphia area. I would have thought they'd have been rated higher, but I really don't have much to base that on. I do know this....There was a kid who went to AFS who desperately wanted to transfer to my (Private) H.S.. He took the test to get in several times and didnt make it. Was it because my school was hard or his was bad or he was stupid? Who knows?

Abington Friends has made a name for itself as a H.S. Basketball power. They Dominate the Friends School League in Boy's Basketball ( not so much in any other Sport). They have done so by openly recruiting area Basketball talent. This is a dubious practice but has served them well. It can be argued ( and they do ) that attracting Talented basketball players is no different than attracting talented Musicians, Math Students, Artists or any other kid with exceptional ability. The argument hasnt gone over well with it's League peers. AFS's Basketball success has forced other league schools to address their commitment ( recruitment) of players to compete with this League Dynamo. What they're doing is the same thing that happens at Penn Charter and The Haverford School ( Quaker schools) and the other Inter-Ac schools. I havent met enough of their students or alumni to give them more than Three Stars. I think I'd be inclinded to move it up a Star though.

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