United Friends School (UFS) is a 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.

UFS Family Handbook 2019-2020

10 United Friends School Facts:

  1. UFS offers Flexible Tuition to help families afford tuition. Many 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.
  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 2019-20 school year range from $6,050 for part-time preschool to $16,400 for our middle school program.

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
  • The Lotus School of Liberal Arts
  • 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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SBA Non-Discrimination Compliance Policy

United Friends School (the “School”) has received a loan pursuant to the Paycheck Protection Program administered by the Small Business Administration (“SBA”).  This policy is intended to demonstrate good faith compliance with the regulations issued by the SBA and by other governmental agencies enforcing the laws that attach to the School due to the School’s receipt of federal financial assistance through the SBA loan.   This policy shall remain in place from the time the School receives the SBA funding until the loan is paid or forgiven.

School Compliance Officer

The School identifies the following individual to act as its Compliance Officer under this policy:

Title IX and Section 504Roger Sternfeld

Compliance Officer:215-538-1733

rsternfeld@unitedfriendsschool.org

The Compliance Officer shall be responsible for coordinating the School’s effort to meet its responsibilities under this policy. The Compliance Officer will receive and investigate any complaints filed under this policy and make recommendations to the Head of School for the prompt and equitable resolution of complaints.  The School will provide its Compliance Officer and staff appropriate training on this policy and their obligations hereunder.

Non-discrimination, Anti-harassment, Non-retaliation

The School acknowledges its obligations to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, disability/handicap, or religion in admission to its educational programs, activities, and services, and in employment opportunities.  Retaliation against an individual for filing a complaint under this policy or participating in the informal or formal resolution is prohibited.

Academic and Non-Academic Services for Persons with Disabilities

The School remains committed to excellence in educational programming and acknowledges its obligation to ensure that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of his/her disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This includes both academic and non-academic services, such as counseling, extracurricular services, athletics, transportation, health services, recreational activities, clubs, and other activities.

The School will also assess its ability to make reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals to permit such persons to participate in and enjoy the benefits of the School’s programs and activities so long as doing so does not fundamentally alter the nature of the School’s program.  Individuals who seek an accommodation should contact Roger Sternfeld (Compliance Officer for 504).

Employment Obligations for Applicants and Employees with Disabilities

The School acknowledges its obligation under the SBA regulations and laws applicable to recipients of federal financial assistance to prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant based upon his/her disability.  This obligation extends to all aspects of employment, including the hiring and employment processes.

The School will also assess its ability to make reasonable accommodations to disabled individuals so long as doing so does not create an undue hardship.  Individuals who seek an accommodation should contact Roger Sternfeld (Compliance Officer for Section 504).

Facilities Access

The School acknowledges its obligation under the SBA regulations to operate its programs and activities in existing facilities so they are readily accessible to qualified individuals with disabilities. The location in facilities (or movement of classes, meetings, etc. to other facilities) will be scheduled in a manner that will not knowingly deny a student, employee, parent, or visitor with a disability the opportunity to participate on the same basis as such persons without disabilities. Accommodations may be provided to allow access to educational programming or meetings.

Complaint Procedure

Who may make a complaint?

A person (student, parent, employee, or applicant) may use this complaint procedure to report a concern or allegation that s/he is being denied an equal opportunity to access the School’s education programs, activities or services, including employment opportunities.

Who can a complaint be made to?

A complaint may be reported to the Compliance Officer, an Administrator, or to a staff member. Any complaint received by an Administrator or staff member shall be promptly reported to a Compliance Officer for handling.

How do you file a complaint?

A complaint may be made verbally or in writing. The School has an SBA Complaint Form available for those who choose to use it.

A complaint may also be filed with the SBA directly by sending a letter to the Administrator, Small Business Administration (SBA), Washington, D.C. 20416.

Or you can file a complaint with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR). OCR’s electronic complaint form is at the following website:

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintintro.html.

You may also email OCR’s Discrimination Complaint Form or your own signed letter to ocr@ed.gov. If you write your own letter, please include the information identified above.

Are there timelines for filing a complaint?

Timelines are flexible, but a person with a complaint should try to report it within thirty (30) calendar days after an alleged discriminatory incident.  If the complaint is filed directly with the SBA or OCR, it must be filed within 180 days of the alleged discriminatory action.

How long will it take to have a complaint handled?

While the School will try to handle the complaint as expeditiously as possible, there can be unexpected or unforeseen circumstances that cause delay. Complaints involving a handicap/disability and request for accommodation will be promptly referred to a 504 team for handling. Those complaints that require an investigation will be completed within thirty (30) days of the complaint, if possible. Should more time be required, the Compliance Officer will notify the complainant.

Informal complaint process

This policy provides an individual the option of filing an informal complaint (verbally or in writing), which allows a fuller range of options in facilitating prompt resolution of an issue(s). It is the choice of the individual complaining whether to initially pursue an informal complaint procedure. The Compliance Officer, or his/her designee, shall explore an informal resolution with the complainant, which may involve providing advice to the complainant on how to handle the issue(s) or reviewing this policy with persons involved in the issue. If the matter involves the conduct of another person, an informal resolution could involve a meeting with the complainant and that person provided both individuals agreed. Resolution through this informal procedure will be promptly explored. At any time, the complainant may request to end the informal procedure to move to the formal complaint process.

Formal complaint process

An individual may file a formal complaint (verbally or in writing) under this policy. The complainant may use the SBA Complaint Form that the School can provide or should provide the following information: a statement of the complaint that identifies the issue, provides pertinent facts, identifies those involved, and states what remedy is sought. If complainant does not provide a written statement, the Compliance Officer will prepare a statement for the complainant to review for accuracy after interviewing him/her.

The Compliance Officer, or his/her designee (“Investigator”) shall begin a formal investigation into a complaint within three (3) business days of receipt. Should the complaint allege another person engaged in discriminatory, harassing, or retaliatory conduct (“respondent”), the Investigator shall notify him/her that a complaint was filed, provide a statement of the nature of the allegations, and provide a copy of this policy and any other applicable school policy. The Investigator shall interview the complainant and any respondent as well as witnesses reasonably believed to have relevant information. The Investigator shall also consider relevant documents submitted by any person interviewed. The respondent may submit a written response to the complaint within seven (7) calendar days of being notified of the complaint.

At the conclusion of the investigation, the Compliance Officer shall submit the written report of the investigator to the Head of School/President along with recommendations as to whether and how this policy was violated and a proposed remedy for the situation.

The Head of School (or his/her designee) shall review the Compliance Officer’s report and issue a final decision, or, remand the matter back to the Investigator for further investigation. If remanded, the specific areas or issues to be investigated further shall be identified. Once the investigation is complete to the satisfaction of the Head of School, he or she shall issue a final written decision as to whether and how this policy was violated as well as any remedial corrective action that will be taken to redress the matter and prevent further violations. Any corrective action must be age-appropriate and timely. The decision of the Head of School shall be final and shall be communicated to the complainant and respondent separately and simultaneously as directed by the Head of School.