My big complaint about Friends Meeting School? My child has a longer commute than I do. I'd be very happy if Friends would move to a more convenient location. Other than that, our family loves Friends Meeting School. The teachers are amazing, the academics are challenging, and very best of all, the
... Read more kids are kind to one another -- even in those middle school years when kids are often cruel to one another. The school is very small (90 to 100 students) and there are some negatives to a small school. But I challenge you to find a stronger arts program at any high school in the region. The positives of our little community so outweigh the negatives.... Students who look you in the eye when you talk with them... the ability to learn, grow, and achieve independently in a supportive and caring environment... I've read the negative reviews here. And I've noticed that they are all from the period immediately following the retirement of Annette Beeling, the school's founder. The loss of a beloved leader is tough on any organization. But I can tell you first hand that Annette built a caring community that continues to flourish in her absence. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/21/14
My daughter started attending this fall and had a terrific year in pre-K. She came to the school after a bad experience at another school, so she was feeling a little hesitant. All of the teachers and staff have been so patient and amazing with her, she is thriving in the environment and we love dropping
... Read more her off every day excited with a big smile on her face. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/14/14
I attended Friends Meeting School as a high school student and I wish I had not attended this school. I had no elective classes to choose from. I was forced to take classes I didn't want to take because it was the only class offered. I did not get to prepare myself for the college path I wanted. There
... Read more are no sports at the high school level, no Prom, no Homecoming. There is no guidance counselor, so students have no one to list for contact persons on college applications. Also, there is no one to advise students about college testing and application process. The school motto "Seek and Speak Truth and Love" could not be farther from the truth. The Administration doesn't know how to run a high school. Save your money for college and go to a public high school. Read less
Posted by a other on 01/15/14
Friends Meeting School hasa programs for Pre K-8th Grade that may be satisfactory, but the High School program is lacking in every way, The teachers are of high quality but they have far too many things to do to be as effective as they would like, The Administration has not run the high school properly
... Read more since it began. There are very few choices for classes, hardly any electives and sports on the high school level are non-existent. Think LONG and hard before you have a student attend high school here, especially if they plan on going to college. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/15/14
Friends Meeting School has been a wonderful environment for my children. They are very happy their third year there and want to stay because they feel like the faculty care about them. In public school my daughter came home crying saying the teachers don't care about us. Both of my children were losing
... Read more self-esteem in public school and here at FMS they are thriving again. The small class sizes are wonderful for our children and the campus is beautiful on 50+ acres. It is a place that feels like extended family. Parents can be very involved and are important to the school. My children have learned how to be independent, creative thinkers and not sitting all day listening to lectures. I feel the school is interactive and multi-sensory in it's approach to educating. Differences are valued. This school is working out well for our family. Read less
Posted by a parent on 11/25/13
Friends Meeting School is a small school with an okay environment for elementary and middle school. We will be taking our daughter somewhere else for high school. We have allowed her to stay because she has friends here but I worry about how she will measure up to kids going into high school. Friends
... Read more Meeting School does not offer enough choices for classes, and hardly any electives. Plus the sports they have are sub-par and she wants to play real soccer in high school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/26/13
Friends Meeting School. Of course, a school can get a high rating if they have all the satisfied parents putting in reviews, but don't be deceived. Although this school works for some, for others it is an awful choice and we had to take our child out of the school taking a loss of the entire year of
... Read more the high school tuition. Our issues were sub par academics in comparison to the public high school and the drug use among the students which you will find in the public school, but in such a small population, it makes choosing your friends more difficult. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/15/13
We have had 3 children attend Friends Meeting School from kindergarten through graduation. The teachers are caring, creative and very gifted at what they do. I have watched the school grow and graduate it's first high school class last year. The ceremony was lovely and moving and our daughter is doing
... Read more very well in college, thanks partly to the academic preparation and confidence that FMS gave her. Every step along the way, the teachers and staff have truly cared about my children and seen them as individuals. They have helped to foster a life-long love of learning and I am always thrilled when my kids tell me about something they discussed in school and excitedly tell me they have just thought of another question to ask their teacher the next day, knowing that their teacher will always find the time to talk with them. This is a small school, just expanding into the high school level. If you are looking for a sports-oriented program, or one with masses of children, you will be disappointed, but if you are looking for a school that cares about learning and understanding the world and yourself better then this may be just right for you. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/10/13
Having been raised in a Friends School, I can personally testify for the quality of personal and intellectual education provided. Being in a Friends environment fostered my interests and helped me expand myself and my horizons. Teachers were friends as well as mentors, and treated their role in my
... Read more life accordingly. They went out of the way to further my education, no matter the sacrifices they had to make. One of my great friends and advisor even created a sociology course for me-which was not being previously offered-because I had expressed an interest in sociology. Because of that sort of one-on-one relationship with my teachers I am double majoring in Psychology and Sociology and have a clear plan for my life. I am now attending one of the top liberal arts colleges in the region and feel as though I have been excellently prepared for my time here as well as later on in life. I am excelling academically, have a strong group of friends supporting me, and a set of values that I feel confident to stand by. I am so glad that I attended Friends Meeting School and would highly suggest others to look into a Friends education for their children! Read less
Posted by a other on 10/10/13
I find it disappointing that a parent clearly has an "axe to grind" when posting reviews even after they have left on multiple sites on multiple days which is clearly not in keeping with Quaker values. My child has had a positive experience with the school and I have found the environment to be caring
... Read more and supportive by both teachers and administrators. The school is in a period of change while searching for a new head master but I feel it is moving in a positive direction that is supported by the board. Read less
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Ijamsville schools — Friends Meeting School is located at 3232 Green Valley Rd, Ijamsville MD 21754. 3232 Green Valley Rd is in the 21754 ZIP code in Ijamsville, MD Friends Meeting School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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