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Susan Nagel

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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.

First Day of Kindergarten: 3:15 p.m.

The first day of kindergarten is drawing to a close. Spirits are peaceful and maybe a little weary. One girl asked me when her mom and dad would be coming (just one more half hour). I hope they have some good stories to share with their families tonight. I imagine it will be an early bedtime tonight.

Understanding Quaker Decision-Making

Arthur M. Larabee returned to Friends School of Minnesota for an inservice focusing on the process of Friends (Quaker) decision-making. He led two days of workshops for staff as well as an evening session for FSM school committee and standing committee members. Reviewing and learning the basics and nuances of the Friends decision-making process strengthened our understanding of this foundation of Friends School of Minnesota’s community.