Why Are We A “Friends” School?
It is important to know that Orchard Friends School does not promote or subscribe to any religious faith. We are a non-sectarian, non-religious school that utilizes best practice research and positive approaches to help our students thrive. So why are we a “Friends” school, and why does that make us different?
There is no doubt that Friends schools are some of the most successful, inclusive, and innovative schools in our region. Their traditions of providing excellent education to all children have helped their students realize their potential in college and beyond. Moreover, students at Friends schools often come away with a focus on service and social responsibility, enabling them to become outstanding citizens in their communities.
OFS was founded on the principle that every person deserves to be treated with respect and appreciated for their unique qualities and gifts. At OFS, each student is treated and respected as an individual. We believe that children with language and learning differences learn best in an environment that welcomes them and encourages them to grow. We provide that safe place. And like other Friends schools, we not only want your child to get a good education – we also want them to build character, serve their community, and grow in a positive and productive way.
While OFS does not espouse any religion, God, or creed, we call ourselves “Friends” because we believe that the core principles of a Friends education are ones that translate well to our school’s mission and the needs of the population we serve. We combine these core values with a dedication to research-based programming to provide the best possible educational experience for your child.
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