United Friends School (UFS) is an award-winning preschool through eighth grade coeducational, independent Quaker day school in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.  Established in 1983, UFS serves and buses students in the Upper Bucks and Lehigh Valley regions.

UFS has a progressive, exciting academic program with the highest educational standards.  We assess students’ achievements in authentic ways, without using standardized tests, and offer extracurricular programs from sports to art, music, Spanish, summer camps and more. Notably, UFS’ open-minded, loving, family-centered approach honors students of all cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. We care for our local community and inspire students to social action, working within the foundations of democracy. To apply or schedule a private tour, visit our Admissions page.

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10 United Friends School Facts:

  1. UFS offers Flexible Tuition to help families afford tuition. Over 30% of our students participate in the Flexible Tuition Program.  Visit our Admissions page for more information.
  2. We assess students’ achievements in authentic ways, without using standardized tests. “Report cards” at UFS are customized, personalized, detailed, narrative reports for each student.
  3. Peer teaching and mixed age groupings are valued practices at United Friends School and integrated throughout a developmentally-appropriate curriculum to allow students to find their inner strengths as part of a community of learners.
  4. Our high educational standards are bolstered by strong teacher-student relationships. For 2016-17, UFS had 103 students with 21 faculty members and 5 administrative staff.
  5. We help students create, maintain, and restore social relationships and foster a sense of social responsibility and shared accountability through Quaker conflict resolution practices.
  6. Our stellar academics and Quaker practice enable UFS alumni to go on to attend the finest institutions, fulfill their life’s missions and engage positively in our global community.
  7. Our class sizes with 16-18 students serve to maximize children’s gifts and meet their unique needs.
  8. Our school is safe.
  9. We are diverse.  25% of our student body are students of color.
  10. Tuition for the 2017-18 school year range from $5,650.00 -$15,500.00.

Where do our graduates go?

Half of UFS graduates attend the following independent high schools while the remaining half attend their local public schools, where 80% of our students are placed in honors and AP classes.

  • Abington Friends School
  • Christopher Dock Mennonite High School
  • Dublin School of New Hampshire
  • George School
  • The Hill School
  • La Salle College High School
  • LV High School for the Performing Arts
  • Moravian Academy
  • Peddie School
  • The Perkiomen School
  • Scattergood Friends School
  • Solebury School
  • Tinicum Arts and Science School
  • West Nottingham Academy
  • Westtown School
  • William Penn Charter School

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What are Independent Schools?

Independent schools are where

  • children learn, lead, and achieve in accredited, mission driven, close-knit communities.
  • rigorous academic standards and artistic and athletic talents are valued.
  • need-based financial aid supports diverse – socio-economic and ethnic – student and family populations.
  • responsible citizenship is modeled and young people are expected to be good citizens.
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What Does a Friends School Have to Offer?

Friends schools hope to create an environment within which students and staff alike can continue to mature as companions in a wide range of experiences. These experiences, both outward and inward in nature, may bring forth in each a deepening awareness of the presence of God.

The Quaker belief in the “Inner Light” leads to faith in the ability of every member of the school community to reach his or her full potential. Children are expected to grow and change in an environment that nurtures their spirits and challenges them to develop inner resources for discipline and achievement. A variety of gifts and talents are honored.

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What is a Friends Education?

Friends believe that each person has the capacity for goodness and a responsibility to attain that goodness. Friends schools believe that education is preparation for the whole of life: the lively development of intellectual, physical, and social-emotional capacities as well as those of the spirit. Friends school teachers are facilitators of the learning process, using dialogue, reflection, and inquiry as tools for learning in the classroom. Students learn that all of life is sacred and resonates with meaning.

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In the K-8 schools, those tweens and young teens were the “top dogs” — the oldest, the most comfortable and familiar with the school. But, in traditional middle schools and 6-12 schools, sixth-graders were the “bottom dogs.”

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