Friends School of Portland challenges and empowers students to develop their intellectual, physical, emotional, creative and spiritual potential. We honor our students’ natural gifts as they learn to enter the world with confidence, competence, joy and a sense of purpose. We are guided by the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, stewardship, and truth.
Our Quaker Values
Simplicity: Uncomplicated routines, uncluttered use of space and careful use of resources help us stay focused on the unfolding development of each person in our school. The Quaker witness of simplicity reminds us to live wisely, finding the time and space in an increasingly materialistic world to appreciate the Spirit.
Peace: We learn to resolve conflict through respectful conversation and peaceful negotiation, we practice sharing community time and space creatively, and we study the peaceful leaders and movements of the world.
Integrity: We seek and enjoy that of God in each person. This is our clear focus. We provide children with challenge, a low student-teacher ratio, high expectations for learning and behavior, and clear and open communication. We use resources carefully and we study and learn to care for the world.
Community: We create a close and accepting atmosphere as an essential condition for growth and learning. Warm welcomes, daily class meetings, group singing, handling challenges side by side, and celebrating success contribute to a strong sense of community. We also carry out service projects and field trips in the wider Portland community.
Equality: We seek diversity in students and staff, and we learn to truly listen to each person. This means nurturing a dynamic balance between the individual and the group.
Stewardship: We use resources carefully and we learn to care for the world. We study the ecosystems of Casco Bay in order to understand the interconnectedness of all living organisms. We cultivate a community garden and encourage sustainable practices.
Truth: Quakers believe in the continual revelation of truth, and that truth is available to each of us. In the classroom, truth is reflected in an open-minded approach to curriculum and teaching, and in an emphasis on critical thinking skills. We guide children to practice scientific investigation and to express themselves creatively and effectively in conversation, writing and art. We use silence and reflection as ways to deepen understanding and extend the search for truth.
Inquiry - Reflection - Action
Our belief that there is light in each of us leads to the conclusion that we are all natural learners, and we all have something to teach. These beliefs support an active, inquiry-based approach to learning at FSP. In a community of learners, students and teachers alike frame questions, investigate topics and ideas, practice frequent reflection, and connect learning to individual and group action within our communities.
The Friends School of Portland is a company of learners who are guided by the Quaker belief that there is that of God in all persons and who are strengthened by the rich diversity of the world. To prepare our students for life and leadership in a complex and diverse world, we welcome students, families, faculty, staff and directors with differences based upon, (but not limited to) race, color, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, family structure and economic background. Consistent with the Quaker principle of equality, the Friends School of Portland admits students of any religion, race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. The School does not discriminate on the basis of religion, race, color, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, employment, financial aid programs, and other school-administered programs, except special consideration may be given to members of The Religious Society of Friends with respect to admissions, financial aid, and hiring of faculty and staff. In our classrooms, every child will be treated equally regardless of religious affiliation.