United Friends School (UFS), established in 1983, is an independent school that serves children in preschool through eighth grade. As a Quaker school, we are guided by the testimonies of Simplicity, Peace & Social Justice, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Care for the Earth. Our mission informs curriculum planning, decision-making, and the commitment to community service and peaceful conflict resolution. UFS wholeheartedly promotes inclusion & equity and inspires students to social action throughout the year. Our entire school community participates in both Ally Week & the Black Lives Matter Week of Action.

UFS is a progressive school where individual students’ talents and interests are celebrated. Multi-age classrooms promote community building and foster authentic peer relationships within a mentor-apprentice framework. Progressive education does not follow typical “traditional” school norms, rather we move away from standardized testing, rote memorization, and worksheet-driven classrooms. What sets a progressive school apart from a traditional school is the emphasis placed on the process of experiential learning in a collaborative environment. As teachers purposefully create space for student interest to help guide project-based learning, deeper understanding occurs.

Our family-centered, close-knit school community honors and welcomes students of all cultural, religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. UFS works to cultivate and nurture an inclusive environment where the entire community can explore, discover, and embrace our differences and similarities in non-judgmental ways. Using the guiding principles of the testimonies, particularly Equality, UFS embodies an atmosphere of equity and social justice. The exploration of our diverse community is central to an education at UFS. Through our curriculum, culture, practices, and policies, we seek to reflect the diverse community in which we live, encouraging students to embrace social action and become catalysts for change.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our school. This vibrant community welcomes you.

Daena Berdougo, Head of School

Fast Facts

  • Affiliation: Religious Society of Friends (Quaker)
  • Accreditation: Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS)
  • Memberships: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Association of Delaware Valley Schools (ADVIS), Friends Council on Education (FCE)
  • Ages Served: 3 to 14, Preschool through Grade 8
  • Enrollment: 90 students, 12% identify as students of color
  • Transportation: Busing is available from local school districts including East Penn, North Penn, So. Lehigh, Quakertown, Palisades, Souderton, Upper Perkiomen, Pennridge, and Saucon Valley.
  • Faculty & Staff: 17, Average student to teacher ratio 8:1
  • Administrators: 5
  • Tuition: $6,350 to $17,250. View Our Flexible Tuition.
  • Financial Aid: Our Flexible Tuition program demonstrates a commitment in making a UFS education financially accessible to more than ⅔ of our student population.
  • School Hours: 7:45am to 3:00pm
  • Additional Programs: After School Program 3:00pm to 6:00pm

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