Global learning at Friends teaches students to engage complex issues intellectually and in action, in and outside of the classroom, with a sense of confidence and responsibility.
Global learning at Friends includes signature programs - Reggio Emilia in the early years, the International Baccalaureate (IB), School Year Abroad (SYA), three modern languages (including Spanish starting in pre-k and an interdivisional Chinese program), and Singapore Math ("Math in Focus"), grades K-7. More broadly and fundamentally, global education at Friends teaches students to engage complex issues intellectually and in action, in and outside of the classroom, with a sense of confidence and responsibility.
We recognize that the careers our students will pursue may not even exist yet, and the program at Friends is designed to prepare students for whatever the future brings.
Friends students learn the skills and habits of mind to be lifelong learners who communicate, act, and lead effectively.
They learn how to listen and how to work with people of different points of view.
And they learn that the faster the world changes, the more important their own foundation of values and ethics becomes.
Friends was the first school in Delaware authorized to offer the IB, recognized around the world as one of the highest standards—indeed, it is often recognized as the highest standard—in college preparatory education.
Additional global education programs, including School Year Abroad and international/intercultural service learning trips, are coordinated at Friends through the Quaker Center for Understanding, Engagement, and Stewardship (QUEST).