The fundamental belief that there is an “Inner Light” in every person forms the basis for the values Friends embrace and enumerate as: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Service. These values infuse our curriculum in every grade and subject, and explicit instruction in their meaning and application takes place in Quakerism and Group Guidance classes.
Simplicity: Friends endeavor to exercise moderation where material possessions and use of the Earth’s resources are concerned.
Peace: Quakers seek to eliminate conflicts that lead to violence and war.
Integrity: Friends are expected to be truthful in all interactions.
Community: Respect for every individual compels Friends to foster open, mutually caring and enriching relationships.
Equality: Friends believe that all people are created equal, regardless of race, gender, faith, age or class.
Service: Quakers practice their faith through active engagement to affect positive change in the world.
Our belief that our students are preparing for morally-based, 21st century global citizenship impels us to utilize the world around us in the process of education so children learn that there is a larger community of which they are a part, that they can participate in it helpfully, and that they can have influence in the lives of others in powerful, positive ways. At all ages and in every class, our students engage with local, regional and global organizations in service learning initiatives that share the following characteristics:
- they are meaningful to the participants
- they promote cooperation
- they provide opportunities to utilize context-specific problem-solving
- they promote profound learning
- they support social, emotional and cognitive development
- they enable us to live our mission and Friends ideals
Friends have been in the "business" of education, linking intellectual, social and spiritual growth, for nearly 400 years. Rather than espousing a particular doctrine, Friends schools aim to expose children to a "way of seeing the world" in the hope that it will have a lasting impact upon their lives. Teachers in Friends schools seek to nurture young people who know that the material world is not all there is to life; have a passion for the truth and concern for social justice; and are optimists, equipped to make a difference. At MPFS, these aims translate to:
- the cultivation of engaged and creative critical thinkers
- a belief in the inherent worth of every individual
- peaceful conflict resolution and consensus-based decision-making
- diversity being embraced and celebrated
- the valuing of inquiry and pursuit of truth
- alignment of actions with beliefs via service and care for the environment