UFS was founded as a cooperative school in 1983 by a group of parents and caregivers seeking an independent education for children based on the Quaker principles of care for one another, truthfulness, simplicity, community, and peaceful resolution of conflicts. They sought to create a school where parent involvement would not only be welcomed, but expected. United Friends School began under the sponsorship of Lehigh Valley Friends and Richland Friends Monthly Meetings, and the formation of a Board of Trustees. A year later, the school opened with one teacher and twelve students in kindergarten through third grade in the basement of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.
United Friends School purchased Bingham Hall, originally Quakertown’s first high school, on 20 South Tenth Street. The purchase allowed United Friends School to expand. Teachers and administrative staff were hired and new classrooms serving grades kindergarten through sixth grade were established.
The school grew quickly, and by our 17th year we had over 100 students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school. United Friends School needed a larger space to encompass the growth and purchased a separate campus in Trumbauersville, Pennsylvania. The school’s sponsorship included Unami, Doylestown, Richland, and Gwynedd Monthly Meetings.
The Board of Trustees approved the Unification Project, which included the purchase of two buildings at our current location on 1018 West Broad Street in Quakertown, Pennsylvania (Route 313), and the original school on 10th Street in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, which is now our Middle School. A “link” building was constructed to connect the two buildings. With the Unification Project, United Friends School was no longer divided between two campuses and we gained five new classrooms; a science lab; a library with computer stations; a music room; the “Big Room” used for physical education, Meeting for Worship, and assemblies; and multiple administrative offices.
With continued dedication to students and academic integrity, United Friends School embarked on a major renovation called Raise the Roof. Renovations included creating a high-tech Middle School, redefining classroom space for preschool and kindergarten, providing wireless internet throughout the school, installing interactive whiteboards, enlarging our music and art rooms, and much more.
United Friends School celebrated its 25th Anniversary with a special celebration attended by alumni, parents, caregivers, students, staff and the Board of Trustees. Over 200 UFS friends attended the event and shared fond memories of their time spent at UFS and the lessons they continue to value.
United Friends School is a thriving preschool through eighth grade coeducational, independent Quaker day school in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Serving and busing 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, our 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 democratic principles. Our stellar academics enable UFS alumni to go on to attend the finest institutions. UFS offers need-based financial aid and installment plans to help families afford tuition. To apply or schedule a private tour, visit our Admissions page.