Abington Friends School
575 Washington Lane
Jenkintown, PA 19046
In March 1697, 120 acres were donated “for and towards erecting a meetinghouse for Friends and toward the maintenance of a school under the direction of Friends.” It was on this ground that Abington Friends Meeting and School were built in 1697. The school has been continuously operated on the same plot of land, making it the oldest school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with such a claim.
The seasons of the school year at AFS are marked by beloved traditions that bring the community together with song, games, friendly sports and time honored rituals that stretch back through the decades and centuries. AFS values inter-generational friendships, and many of our traditions are designed to foster and nurture these relationships. AFS traditions bolster every student's sense of belonging to a larger, caring community and help forge lasting bonds across grades. They celebrate this spirit of collaboration and camaraderie.
Statement of Philosophy
Abington Friends School, a coeducational, college-preparatory day school, serves students from preschool through grade twelve by providing a strong academic foundation for advanced study. Teaching is rooted in Quaker beliefs, combining reflection with action and balancing the needs of individuals with those of community. The School holds scholarship, moral integrity, simplicity and diversity at its core. The precepts and practices of Friends give definition to the daily life of the School and affirm the belief that there is "that of God" to respect and answer in every individual. Weekly Meeting for Worship, the central spiritual experience of the community, offers time for silent reflection and thoughtful sharing. Quaker values promote individual and collaborative work toward such ends as environmental stewardship, social justice and the peaceful resolution of conflict.
Students meet challenging academic expectations by uniting personal strengths and varied talents with vision, imagination and well-disciplined effort. Interdisciplinary, intercultural and aesthetic studies spark innate curiosity and the joy of learning fundamental to long-term growth. Emphasizing social responsibility and the life of the mind, the School prepares students to become independent leaders who voice and act upon strongly held beliefs.
Abington Friends School, drawing on its three centuries of history, expects to instill in each student a life-long love of learning, personal integrity and commitment to self, family and the service of others.
Age 3 to K12