1. What type of students are you looking for?
FSP is most suitable for the student who is friendly, curious, self-reliant, and willing to collaborate as a creative learner in community with others. This child persists when the climb seems uphill and is comfortable with stillness when thoughtful reflection is needed. The successful FSP student works hard, has fun, practices leadership, and enters high school confident and well-prepared. We seek families who support our Quaker values and our educational goals. We are committed to building and maintaining a community that is diverse and inclusive with regard to race, ethnicity, gender, creed, family structure, and economic background, knowing that such diversity enriches all of us.
2. Do you accept students with IEPs/special needs?
As part of our commitment to diversity, we seek students with a variety of learning styles and strengths. Some children with learning or other needs will succeed in small classes with close attention from teachers and minor modifications in program or environment. Some will need more than that. We assess the special learning needs of individual applicants on a case-by-case basis by reviewing all testing, evaluations and IEPs. For some children, limited outside help may be enough for them to succeed within the school. For other children, another school or program may be the best solution. We reserve the right to decline admission to students whose needs we cannot adequately meet. In all cases, we will weigh the needs of the individual child with the needs of the other students in the school to make the best decision for both.
3. How old must my child be for your preschool program?
To be eligible for our admission to our preschool program, children must be 3 years old by the first day of school (the day after Labor Day). This is true for all applicants, even those applying for mid-year admission (space permitting). Our program requires students to be able to stay with a group on outdoor excursions, follow basic directions, and listen to a story with other children. Independent toileting is also a requirement for all children entering our preschool program.
4. Do all students come from Quaker families?
No. The reality is that only a small fraction of students at Friends schools are Quaker. While our school is rooted in Quaker values, we do not teach specific religious beliefs. Friends School of Portland embraces students from all religious and cultural backgrounds and traditions.
5. How much is the annual tuition?
2017-18 tuition for grades 1-8 at Friends School of Portland is $17,115. Tuition for Kindergarten (full-day only) is $14,447. Preschool tuition depends on the number of days the student attends, and ranges from $5,998 (2 mornings/week) to $13,167 (5 full days).
6. Is financial aid available?
Need-based financial aid is available for students in Kindergarten and up. Financial aid is awarded to approximately 33% of the student body each year and helps to ensure a healthy community. The deadline for applying for financial aid for the 2017-18 school year is February 13.
7. How and when can I apply for admission?
Admission events begin in mid-October each year and our “priority” deadline for applications is January 31. After that date we accept applications on a space-available basis. To find out if a spot is available for the current school year, please contact Jen McNally, Admissions Director, at (207) 781-6321.
8. When can my child visit?
The first step in the application process is the completion of the application form, personal statement and related materials (personal reference, teacher reference, transcripts, and any testing/reports). Once an application is complete, it will be reviewed by our Admissions Committee. The Committee will decide whether to invite the applicant for a classroom visit, which is the next step in the application process. We have found it works best to get to know an applicant on paper before meeting him/her in person. Prospective students are always welcome to attend our Family Open Houses, held each year in October and January.
9. When are admissions decisions made?
Our first round of admissions decisions for the 2017-18 school year will be made on Friday, March 3. Letters will be mailed to families early the next week with the request that enrollment agreements and deposits be returned to us by March 24. Applications received after our “priority” deadline (January 31) will be reviewed on a space-available basis, with admissions decisions generally being communicated within two weeks of a student’s visit.