Friends School of Minnesota Blog

A Quaker school blog about progressive education.

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

A Visit to the Khyber Pass Cafe

As part of our immigration unit in social studies, 3rd and 4th grade students went on a field trip to an Afghani restaurant, the Khyber Pass Cafe in St. Paul. We talked with owner Emel Sherzad and learned about his immigration experience. We took the city bus to the restaurant. This was the first time on the public bus for some students in the class. Emel Sherzad, owner of the Khyber Pass Cafe and a.. Read More

All School Photo 2012-13

Last Monday morning the whole school gathered for a photo. Here it is! Like stats? For the 2012-13 school year, Friends School of Minnesota is: 166 students (82 boys/84 girls) 30 faculty and staff 35% are students of color 37% of students receive need-based tuition aid 9% of students are from Quaker families 11% are from LGBT families  

Wolf Ridge Week 2012

Class trips like the annual 7th-8th grade trip to Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center are a cornerstone of progressive education. Middle schoolers spend an autumn week in northern Minnesota immersed in nature exploration, cultural history, outdoor skills, team-building, and personal growth. Parent volunteer Wendy Lutter shares their adventures.