Friends believe that each person has the capacity for goodness and a responsibility to attain that goodness. Friends schools believe that education is preparation for the whole of life: the lively development of intellectual, physical, and social-emotional capacities as well as those of the spirit. Friends school teachers are facilitators of the learning process, using dialogue, reflection, and inquiry as tools for learning in the classroom. Students learn that all of life is sacred and resonates with meaning.
For more than 300 years, Friends schools have been recognized for fine academics as well as a whole-child approach to intellectual and moral development. Students are encouraged by word and by example to respect the talents and perspectives of others and include them in a cooperative search for knowledge.
Rather than espousing a particular doctrine, teachers in Friends schools aim to expose children to a worldview 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. Friends link intellectual, social and spiritual growth and 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