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Friends' Central School

Craig Sellers, Head of School
Map228 Old Gulph Rd. (Lower)
1101 City Ave. (Middle & Upper)

Wynnewood, PA 19096
610-649-7440 (Middle & Upper), 610-642-7575 (Lower)
  • Independent School


Friends' Central School is an independent, Quaker, coeducational, college-preparatory day school for students in Nursery through grade 12. Located on 41 acres across two campuses in Wynnewood, Pa., Friends’ Central cultivates the intellectual, spiritual, and ethical promise of students. Since 1845, Friends' Central has been educating for excellence, inspiring tomorrow’s leaders, honoring each individual, and encouraging students to peacefully transform the world.

Points of Pride: Digital Media Lab; 1-to-1 iPad Program in K-12; award-winning Middle & Upper School STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) program and Makerspace; The Ulmer Family Light Lab, a groundbreaking, cutting-edge facility dedicated to the creation and innovation of students in Nursery through grade 5, opened in October 2016; the Light Lab houses four makerspace studios in the areas of natural sciences, fabrication, media & computing, and design, giving youngest learners the space and tools to acquire a deeper understanding of and connection to their learning and to bring their ideas to life; vibrant farm-to-table program in the Lower School, promoting healthy eating and lifestyle through all-school participation in the on-campus organic garden, which provides ample food items for the new Lettuce Feed You food program (introduced in September 2016); Core Teams in Science and/or Humanities available for interested students in grades 9-12 connecting students to our Distinguished Visiting Scientist and Humanities Lecturers.

High School Specifics

Friends' Central provides highly personalized, expert college admission counseling to students and their families. Over the last five years, well over 20% of students have enrolled at top 20 colleges and Ivy League universities. In the last two years, our graduating classes have earned over $6 million in merit offers (covering four years), and students in the Class of 2017 have been awarded full tuition at University of Hong Kong, University of Pennsylvania, and St. Joseph's University. 100% of our students are going to college and over 40% were admitted to their first choice school.

HS Short Description

Digital Media Lab, award-winning STEAM program and Makerspace.

Open House Dates

Wednesday, Oct. 4-8:30 am (Middle & Upper School); 9 am (Lower School) Monday, Oct. 9-9 am (Lower School); 12:30 pm (Middle & Upper School) Wednesday, Nov. 1 Wednesday, Dec. 6 Thursday, April 19 - 9 am (Lower School) and 4 pm (Middle & Upper School) Walk-in Wednesdays any Wednesday

Additional Information:

Select State: PA
County: Montgomery
Grades of School: *PreK
Gender: Coed
Enrollment: Middle & Upper: 520; Total: 783
Religious affiliation: Quaker
Students per teacher: 14
Tuition: $19,000-$35,750
Financial aid offered?: yes
Technology programs, what grade offered?: 1:1 iPad program for all students K-12; provided in K-5; required in grades 6-12. iPad/Tech also offered for Nursery and Pre-K. Tech Instruction and Digital Citizenship offered in grades 5, 7, 9. Google Classroom; Digital Portfolios (Seesaw in K-grade 5 and Wordpress in grades 6-12)
College prep: # of AP/Honors/IB courses offered: 29
Cum. SAT scores (math / reading / writing): 625/630/630
Standardized test scores: High proficiency
World languages taught and year in which instruction begins: French-7; Latin-7; Spanish-PS; Prima Lingua-5
Extracurricular Activities: Academic/literary clubs
Community service
Honor society
Instrumental music
Visual arts
Vocal music
School climate (what are you known for?): Academic rigor
Community service
Student leadership
Warm community
Some special needs accommodated>: yes
Summer program?: yes
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