Wilmington Friends, the oldest school in Delaware and the 11th oldest independent school in the country, is a Quaker, co-educational, day school serving students in preschool (age two) through twelfth grade. In the tradition of Quaker education, Friends is welcoming to families of all faith and ethical traditions. The school program has a focus on global thinking, engagement, and leadership.
Global education spans the all-school curricular scope and sequence at Wilmington Friends and culminates in distinctive and distinguished programs in the upper school—the International Baccalaureate (IB), School Year Abroad (SYA), and the American Field Service (AFS) student exchange. The school offers three modern languages—French, Mandarin, and Spanish—with cultural study and interdisciplinary components.
Students at Wilmington Friends learn how to engage complex questions intellectually, with multi-layered, open-minded, truly “global” thinking. They learn the academic and leadership skills to engage challenges in and outside of the classroom, with a sense of responsibility and confidence that they can act 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.