About Friends


Wilmington Friends, a Quaker school with high standards for academic achievement, challenges students to seek truth, to value justice and peace, and to act as creative, independent thinkers with a conscious responsibility to the good of all.

Philosophy and Beliefs

Wilmington Friends School offers a comprehensive college preparation program–including athletics, the arts, and community service–fostering students' academic, leadership, and community engagement skills from early childhood through high school. Upholding the belief in the inherent goodness in everyone, we cultivate diverse perspectives while promoting integrity and service in an environment where students can reach their fullest potential.

Our approach includes:
  • Modeling and teaching integrity, community, equality, peace, stewardship, and simplicity, the Quaker core testimonies.

  • Providing challenges, options, and accountability to foster self-discipline and resilience.

  • Creating an environment that encourages both confidence and curiosity for growth.

  • Emphasizing self-awareness and openness to diverse experiences.

  • Fostering physical as well as intellectual activity as components of personal growth and well-being.

  • Prioritizing information, technology, and media literacy for effective communication and critical thinking.

  • Committing to environmental education and stewardship.

  • Incorporating scheduled meeting time for reflection and community dialogue based on the Quaker practice of Meeting for Worship.

This holistic approach prepares students to succeed academically and ethically in a rapidly changing world.

Statement on Diversity

At Wilmington Friends, diversity is integral to our educational objectives and to our mission as a Quaker school. The defining belief of Quakerism is that there is “that of God” in everyone. That belief gives rise to a profound respect for the dignity of each person and an obligation to lead on issues of social justice. Guided by Quaker principles, we seek to build and sustain a community of students, families, faculty, staff, administrators and trustees with a variety of identities—in terms of culture, economic means, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion and sexual orientation.
We define diversity not only by the composition of our school community but also by the character of our interactions and the high level of scholarship in our program. We recognize that diversity of thought, identity and experience is essential to academic excellence and to the pursuit of truth, in the Quaker tradition. In and beyond the classroom, we seek to instill an orientation to learning about various countries, cultures, experiences, points of view, and identities that inform individual and family stories. That intentional engagement allows for honest discussion, including disagreement and the growth that can come from it, promoting mutual respect and a broadened perspective for all.
101 School Road, Wilmington, DE 19803
302.576.2900   |   info@wilmingtonfriends.org

Statement of Nondiscrimination as to Student Enrollment
Wilmington Friends School admits students of any race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students of these schools. Wilmington Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national and ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.