Moorestown Friends School is a community rooted in Quaker values and dedicated to the pursuit of educational excellence for a diverse student body within an academically rigorous and balanced program emphasizing personal, ethical, and spiritual growth.
Founded in 1785, Moorestown Friends School celebrated its 225th anniversary in 2010. Founded in 1883, the Kindergarten program is celebrated its 130th anniversary in 2013. Prominent alumni include women’s suffrage leader Alice Paul, Nobel Laureate Joseph Taylor, and many more.
The school is located on 48 acres in the heart of Moorestown, named in 2005 as the Best Place to Live in the U.S. by Money magazine. Contiguous classroom buildings house students from Prekindergarten to Grade 12, with two Beginnings classrooms in the White Building, a one-frame schoolhouse that dates back to the 1920s. The White Building is right next to the Lower School Building, where the other classrooms are located on the first floor.
Preschool Half Day: 10 students
Preschool Full Day: 14 students
Prekindergarten: 16 students
Kindergarten: 18 students
8:05 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Extended Day Hours
7:15 a.m. through 6 p.m.
Students engage in projects (in-depth studies) that build on their natural curiosity, enabling them to carefully observe, interact, question, connect, problem-solve, communicate, reflect, and more. Academic programs include:
- Growing with Mathematics
- Handwriting Without Tears
- Core Literacy, Reading and Writing Workshop
- Words Their Way: Word Study for Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling Instruction
We only hire teachers with previous teaching experience. All classroom teachers have undergraduate degrees in education, nearly all hold master’s degrees. Our faculty participate in numerous professional development opportunities every year (on campus, locally, and nationally).
The Beginnings at MFS program offers a classroom atmosphere of playfulness and joy. The environment is rich in possibilities that invite extended exploration and problem solving. Documentation of children’s work, plants, and collections that children have made from previous projects and outings are displayed.
Communication and Parent Involvement
Student growth is regularly documented and shared with parents through reports, conferences, emails, bulletins, newsletters, portfolios, and displays. Parents are an integral part of the children’s school experience.
Students in Preschool through Kindergarten eat lunch in their classrooms with their teachers. While many students bring their lunches from home, lunches may also be purchased through Moorestown Friends School’s dining service.
Students in our Moorestown Preschool through Kindergarten spend some time each afternoon resting (or relaxing). The amount of time lessens as the children get older. For children who do not sleep, there are a variety of cot/mat activities and manipulatives they can engage with.
Moorestown Friends School is committed to fostering an environment that is both diverse and inclusive. 34% of the overall student body are students of color, and this number is sometimes higher in Beginnings. A wide variety of religious faiths are represented as well. In keeping with the Quaker philosophy of honoring each individual, students representing different ethnic, cultural, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds are challenged daily to respect and learn from one another. The school employs a full-time Director of Multicultural Affairs.
Students regularly participate in special area classes including Coding, music, art, library, Quaker Education, physical education, science, and technology. These classes are taught by specialists in their field.
Examined Life Program
MFS is committed to developing students who have learned how to live an “examined life” characterized by a dedication to critical thought, openness to the Spirit, ethical development, and resilience. The Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship are an integral part of every school day. Students are supported in the use of peaceful conflict resolution and peer mediation.