Plymouth Meeting Friends
2150 Butler Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
The official founding date of Plymouth Meeting Friends School is 1780 when the first written record of the school appears in Meeting minutes. At this time a committee was appointed to oversee the construction of an addition to the Meetinghouse which would serve as a school.The school was originally attended only by boys; girls were first enrolled in 1812. As the school’s population expanded it needed more room, and in 1813 a new schoolhouse was built. The Meeting chose to construct what was called an “eight-square school,” that is an eight-sided building, a style that was popular at the time, and the building was completed in 1816. The eight-square building served the school well for many years.The school faced financial difficulties in the early 1870s and closed briefly from 1877-80, but it we-opened in 1881 and has been open continuously ever since. Over the years there have been been many additions and improvements to the facility.Enrollment stood at 167 for the 2007-2008.
Plymouth Meeting Friends School provides an education based on the Quaker belief that there is that of God in everyone. Through its nurturing environment, the school offers an intellectually challenging and creative academic program to a diverse student body. Supported by adults who model respect and understanding, students reach toward individual strengths as responsible members of a community of learners.
Plymouth Meeting Friends School promotes excellence in academics, arts, and athletics, through an integrated, developmentally sequenced curriculum that includes service learning activities, field trips, and travel extending beyond the immediate community. Spiritual development grows from the nurturing of the whole child. Testimonies, such as peace, simplicity and integrity, equality, and community, are the outward manifestation of Friends’ beliefs and are interwoven into the educational process for children, parents, and faculty. Development of “the Light” within each person is encouraged in every aspect of the school day. Emphasis is placed on peaceful, non-violent response to conflict and decision making as well as the development of responsibility to a global community. While continually examining the balance of academic challenge and age appropriate expectations, PMFS celebrates the exuberance and joy of children who are active members of a community of learners.