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
Recently, I had a conversation with a few parents who asked me about FSMN’s expectations for student behavior. I think it might be helpful to share what we work toward as a school, regarding behavior.
Environmental Education Coordinator Kris Bennett summarizes what Friends School of Minnesota has been up to this fall in environmental education. This school year, Kris is collaborating with teachers school-wide to further develop and integrate environmental education into our curriculum. Here’s a summary of what we’ve been up to.
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
Friends School of Minnesota 3rd and 4th graders went on a full-day field trip to Fort Snelling State Park on Wednesday, October 24th. It was the first of four trips to the Mississippi River this year.
Friends School of Minnesota 5th and 6th graders went on a half-day field trip to the Coldwater Spring site of the Mississippi River National Park on Thursday, October 18th. The excursion was part of the 5/6th grade river unit.
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
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.