For over 160 years, Friends' Central School has championed equality, diversity, service to the community, and the rigorous pursuit of knowledge. Friends' Central students, of all ages, are expected to honor each other's voice and opinions, and to recognize a plurality of perspectives. They are expected to engage actively in their coursework, to assume a role in the classroom conversation, to take seriously their stewardship of the community both locally and globally, and to question, probe, listen and share. Our exceptional faculty inspires each and every student to respond to what is best in themselves, and recognize and learn from the best in others. As a result, our graduates are intelligent, compassionate problem solvers; they are active, involved citizens; and they are visionary leaders. It is no surprise that the presidents of two leading institutions of higher learning—Haverford College and Harvard University—have sent their own children to Friends' Central.
Twenty percent of our senior class earns National Merit Honors, and all of our students go on to excel at top colleges and universities of their choosing. Friends' Central has a 9:1 student-teacher ratio, 41 acres on two campuses centrally located for both the city and the suburbs, and a dynamic college-preparatory curriculum designed to challenge students at every stage of their intellectual development. Our state-of-the-art Science, Math, and Technology Center has become the model for other area schools. In 2007, an all-weather track was added to our athletic complex, which includes 3 gyms, 7 tennis courts, a wrestling room, a fitness center, and a 6-lane, 25-yard indoor pool. Admissions is highly selective, with four or more applicants for each opening.