United Friends School !

United Friends School (UFS), established in 1983, is an independent private Quaker school located in Quakertown, PA that serves students in preschool through eighth grade. As a Quaker school, guided by the testimonies of Simplicity, Peace & Social Justice, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Care for the Earth its mission informs the curriculum planning, decision-making, and commitment to the community. Our family-centered, close-knit school community honors and welcomes students of all cultural, religious, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. The exploration of our diverse community is central to a UFS education.

Outdoor Education Program

Caring for the earth and environment is not only one of the Quaker Testimonies, but a vital commitment for United Friends School. UFS is the only school to offer an Outdoor Education Program into its curriculum. A dedicated outdoor instructor leads students in creek study, stream monitoring and other important topics in environmental education. In addition, UFS has partnered with local advocacy groups: The Heritage Conservancy, The Watershed Stewards as well as the Borough of Quakertown to support and monitor the creek.


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UFS works with children, differentiating instruction based on age, interest, and ability. Learning is centered on the interests of the students. Peer teaching and mixed-age groupings allow students to find their inner strengths.

The preschool classroom at United Friends School follows an emergent, project-based curriculum. Seasonal nature studies guide interactive and exploratory learning with an ever-changing nature table, themed story times, gardening, and abundant play in the mud kitchen and outdoor classroom. The preschool program is a 5-day program with a full-day or half-day option. Children in half-day leave after lunch (8:15am – 1:00pm). Full Day preschool offers time after lunch to relax, unwind, and nap before children are dismissed to their parents.

Project Based Learning Mott Class
Preschool Students explore building a worm compost bin as part of a larger multi-day unit on worms.

Our Full-Day Kindergarten program keeps our kindergarteners as active as possible as they learn how to increase their capacity to focus on tasks and lessons for longer periods of time. Students graduate to the same schedule as their elementary peers.

Small Classrooms

UFS provides a small classroom environment where teachers can support the needs of the individual learner. Students learn how to read through a structured literacy program, beginning with the basic skills of phonemic awareness and phonics. As students grow, they continue to build skills in fluency, comprehension, making connections, predictions, and inferring skills.

student design thinking

The classroom offers a project-based curriculum where students gain knowledge from hands-on exploration, investigating solutions to authentic, engaging, and complex topics. UFS takes it a step further to deepen knowledge through one on one, and classroom discussion while sharing methods and strategies with their fellow peers. UFS provides a safe, caring environment where students can be themselves while learning to be culturally responsive.

United Friends School is proud to offer a Private Independent Middle School for grades 6-8. The middle school program supports students not only academically, but socially, emotionally, and spiritually. As a Quaker school, educators use dialogue, reflection, and inquiry to develop meaningful connections to learning in the classroom. The Middle School classroom environment prioritizes small class sizes where individual attention is supreme to focus on each student’s individual needs and interests. Classes are mixed-grade and provide students, with challenging student-centered lessons in Quakerism, Humanities (Language Arts and Social Studies), Math, and Science.

Affordable Tuition

Financial Aid is available for all students who qualify.


ProgramPayments (10 Months)
8:15am-1:00pm 5 Half Days$1035
8:15am-3:00pm 5 Full Days$1450


Payments (10 Months)

Middle School

Payments (10 Months)


Residents of Pennsylvania are entitled to receive busing from their local school districts. Busing is arranged by UFS in conjunction with local school districts.

Transportation is available from the following areas: East Penn, North Penn, Palisades, Pennridge (excludes children ages 3 – 5), Saucon Valley,  Souderton, Southern Lehigh, Upper Perkiomen, and Quakertown.