Richmond Friends School is a PreK-8th grade independent Quaker school founded in 1971. Our multi-aged classrooms are purposefully designed to have low student to teacher ratios allowing for customized instruction, expectations and assessments tailored to the academic and social needs of each individual child. Students are challenged to solve problems critically and collaboratively in a rich and nurturing community where faculty and staff, parents and guardians, and students are all important partners in the dynamic process of learning. Our graduates go on to be life-long learners and compassionate citizens committed to making the world a better place.
What makes Richmond Friends School Unique?
- Educating the whole child: addressing individual skill levels; customized curriculum; acknowledging mental, emotional, and physical growth
- Small student-to-teacher ratio
- Strong foundation emphasizing self-discovery and inquiry
- Non-traditional assessment: portfolios, written evaluations, and presentations instead of letter grades; sample standardized tests administered in upper elementary only
- Multi-age classrooms engage students in peer mentoring and modeling; allows teachers to address and adjust to individual challenges and gifts; fosters greater understanding and routine consistency as well as deeper relationships among peers and teachers after being together for multiple years
- All-School Events: All-School Meetings, special field trips (Annual Creek Walk, for example), events such as Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, Family Work Days, mentoring between classrooms, and school buddies
- Parent involvement: crucial for success of above-listed events (committee work, board work, volunteering, etc.) and financial support (tuition in addition to annual fund, capital campaigns and parent fundraising initiatives)
- Commitment to diversity and equality
- Decision-making by consensus (in classrooms as well as in school governance)
- Peaceful conflict resolution
- Community Service