The fundamental belief that there is "good" in each person forms the basis for the values Friends embrace: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Service. These values infuse curriculum in every grade and subject, and explicit instruction in their meaning and application occurs in Quakerism and Guidance classes.
Simplicity: Friends aim to exercise moderation where material possessions and use of 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, global citizenship impels us to utilize the world around us, so they learn that there's a larger community of which they are a part, that they can participate in it helpfully, and that they can influence 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 linking intellectual, social and spiritual growth for nearly 400 years. Rather than espousing a particular doctrine, teachers in Friends schools aim to expose children to a "way of seeing the world" that will have a lasting impact on their lives, nurturing within them knowledge that the material world is not all there is to life; passion for the truth and concern for social justice; and confidence that they can make a difference. At MPFS this translates 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