Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.

From the Middle School Principal...

I am delighted to join Friends Academy this year! Our community functions as FAmily, and I appreciate the warm welcome I have received. 

Middle School is a wonderful adventure at Friends Academy. Young adolescents mature in a myriad of ways: academically, physically, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Our students develop autonomy and self-advocacy, forge their identities, and learn to value others’ perspectives while simultaneously navigating their own experiences. Their growth is rarely clean; in fact, we recognize that at times middle school life can feel downright messy. At FA, we joyfully embrace the vibrant, sometimes chaotic energy of emerging adolescence. Quaker education provides a stable foundation in the midst of rapid growth.   

Quaker practice asks us to listen through silence, pay attention to our own inner voice, and strive to see the light in others. It also holds fast the idea of continuing revelation: our learning is lifelong as we experience and question the world around us. I believe that these are critical concepts for a generation of children bombarded with social media, relentless noise (literal and figurative), and subtle pressure to accelerate their development. I deeply value the space that Quakerism holds for stillness, introspection, and safely wrestling with life’s uncertainties. Those quiet moments are rare today, and they help us recognize and illuminate the best in each student.

Our faculty are experts in adolescent education. They craft vigorous learning environments that require students to apply their skills in real-world situations, design effective solutions, and ultimately steer their own learning. Daily, our middle school students investigate, discuss, collaborate, grapple with problems, and design solutions. Our program of study celebrates experiential learning in classrooms, makerspaces and labs, on athletic fields, on stage, and outdoors. From VEX Robotics to Model UN to Arts Week to world language proficiency, we learn through query and action.

Our teachers model what they expect from our students: insatiable curiosity, a willingness to be challenged and learn deeply from others’ viewpoints, and ultimately contribute their skills and gifts “in a generous spirit for worthy goals.” (Robert Lawrence Smith, A Quaker Book of Wisdom).

I invite you to visit Middle School to experience first-hand our programs and our community.

In partnership,

Christine Saunders
Middle School Principal 

Christine Saunders

Middle School Principal