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OPEN HOUSE this Saturday, February 22 from 9:30 to Noon

Welcome to Friends Schoolhouse


Friends Schoolhouse is an early learning program of State College Friends School, guided by the Quaker testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.

Our Pre-K schoolhouse is a beautiful, nature-inspired space where children grow in self confidence and social awareness while building developmentally appropriate skills that prepare them for their first experiences in formal learning.

It's a caring, family-oriented place where light-filled rooms and cozy spaces provide a comfortable and reassuring extension of the daily routines and rhythms found at home, as children explore at their own pace and enjoy the success of learning through teacher-supported play.

With the thoughtful presentation of activities in music, art, cooking, "make-believe," nature exploration, and outdoor fun, children are given an array of creative opportunties to begin the process of discovery and inquiry that develops into the building blocks of academic understanding.

Friends Schoolhouse is located at 611. E. Prospect Avenue in State College.

Admissions Office located at State College Friends School 1900 University Drive, State College. 814-308-8388 or Admissions: 814-237-8386.



Our curriculum is designed to recognize and respect each individual's style of learning, taking into account the whole child - head, hands, and heart.

Children engage in activities that help them discover and develop their natural interests and innate strengths.  From using "kid writing" to create and present a puppet show, to building a tower with blocks, paper and yarn, or making "soup" for a family of imaginary wee folk, children are encouraged to express themselves in a variety of ways.

Teachers promote self-confidence and esteem by celebrating the achievements and success of all students.







Our goal is to enrich the lives

of young children by helping them develop physical and emotional independence, and natural curiosity.

Friends Schoolhouse is where learning happens in a child's time, as they express themselves through meaningful work, sharing with friends.

Drawing from an array of educational philosophies, children explore language, logical thinking and number relationships, cause and effect, and social skills through teacher-supported play and developmentally-appropriate "lessons."

Recognizing that the preschool setting is often the child's first experience outside the familiarity of the home, our flexible schedule allows families to determine the best situation for their child.

Enrollment is open

to families of children ages 3 - 5.

Friends Schoolhouse in session

September - May

8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


We offer a variety of scheduling options

to help children ease in the transition from home to school and provide flexibility

for busy families.  Our schedule is designed

to offer both flexibility to parents and consistency for the child.

5 Day Full Day

8:30 - 2:00

5 Day 1/2 Day

8:30 - 12:00

2 and 3 Day options as available

For more information, please contact

Mary Ziegler, Head of Admissions at

State College Friends School

814-237-8386 or