Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

Understanding Tuition Assistance

Friends School of Minnesota is committed to an economically diverse student body. We provide financial support to families who need it to help send their children to the school. As a Quaker school, we will always be an independent, tuition-based institution, but we work hard to ensure that tuition is not a barrier to attending FSM.

The Value of Narrative Assessments

Friends School of Minnesota mid-year narrative assessments about our students will soon be compiled, stuffed in envelopes, stamped, and sent to our families. These twice yearly reports are the culmination of a long process of assessment, reflection, and many hours of careful writing. Narrative assessments express our belief as progressive education institution that much what is learned at school or known about a child cannot be measured by letter grades or.. Read More

Thinking About the Box

Pat Thompson, parent of a Friends School of Minnesota 2008 graduate, was a guest in the 1st and 2nd grade Prairie classroom this week. She reflects on her visit: When I donated a box of costume jewelry to Friends School of Minnesota, I didn’t expect to end up meeting with five 6-year-olds to discuss cameos and class rings. It started out pretty simple. My daughter Ruby and I cleaned out.. Read More

Congratulations, graduates! Class of 2013

Congratulations to Friends School of Minnesota’s Class of 2013!  Our 18 graduates will be attending eight senior high schools in the Twin Cities: Highland Park High School, St. Paul (9 students) St. Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists (2 students) Central High School, St. Paul (1 student) Como Senior High School, St. Paul (1 student) DeLaSalle High School, Minneapolis (1 student) St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul (1 student) St. Paul Preparatory.. Read More

How Does Friends School of Minnesota Attrition Compare?

As the admissions season gets busier and re-enrollment approaches, I field lots of questions about openings and attrition at Friends School of Minnesota. Attrition occurs in every school as families move or change schools. Over the past three years, Friends School of Minnesota has had lower than average attrition rate of 5%. Here’s how our numbers compare: Friends School of Minnesota attrition 2007-2008: 6% 2008-2009: 7% 2009-2010: 5% 2010-2011: 5%.. Read More

Ten Ways to Learn About Schools

As autumn deepens, many prospective families are beginning to look at schools for next year. With so many wonderful school choices, finding the right fit can seem like a daunting task. Here are 10 ways to learn about schools’ philosophies, programs, and communities.