FAQ

MPFS Values

Our family is not Quaker - will we be comfortable in a Quaker school?

MPFS doesn’t seek to inculcate a particular set of beliefs or doctrines. To the contrary, we actively seek to learn about the diverse beliefs of our school families and faculty and others around the world. Within our school community in any given year are Christians of numerous denominations, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Muslims, along with agnostics and atheists.

What does S.P.I.C.E.S mean?

S.P.I.C.E.S. is the mnemonic for the “testimonies” which underlie Quaker practices: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Service.

Admissions

When should I begin the application process?

We recommend that you start the process in the Fall prior to the academic year your child would enroll.

What is the deadline for applying?

We do not have specific deadlines, however, we recommend early application to reduce the chance of wait-listing. Admissions are done on a rolling basis for PreK through 5th Grade. We encourage parents of Middle School applicants to complete the process before December holidays as decisions are made in January. Subsequently, if space is available, middle school decisions are made on a rolling basis.

What happens on a person tour and who should come?

Prospective parents are invited to schedule an Admissions tour during school hours, typically between 8:00 AM-2:30 PM. It includes an introduction to the school and its philosophy, a personalized tour to see teachers and students in their classrooms, as well as time for Q&A. We recommend this as a time for adults and suggest allowing approximately an hour for this initial visit.

May I bring my child with me on my first visit?

We encourage parents to come on their own for the initial visit as it may be easier to ask questions about our program, talk about your goals for your child, discuss finances and tour the school. Your child will have an opportunity to visit during the next step of the admissions process.

Tuition & Financial Aid

What tuition payment options do I have?

MPFS offers three tuition payment plans. Families may choose to pay tuition in full in advance, in two portions (60/40), or via a monthly payment plan.

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Do you offer financial aid?

MPFS offers need-based financial aid on a first-come, first-served basis. Approximately 48% of our students receive aid. Families can obtain a Financial Aid Package from the Admissions Office.

MPFS Graduates

Where do MPFS graduates go?

Our 8th Graders and their families work with the Director of Admissions and Advisor to find an appropriate match for high school. Recent graduates have been accepted by the following schools: Agnes Irwin School, Archmere Academy, Baldwin School, Church Farm School, Friends' Central, Friends Select, Haverford School, Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, Kimberton Waldorf School, Malvern Preparatory School, Penn Charter, Shipley, Springside School, Tower Hill School, Westtown, Wilmington Friends and Woodlynde. Some graduates choose to attend their local public high schools.

How do MPFS graduates transition to high school?

Alumni and their parents advise us that the transition to high school goes quite smoothly. Our graduates leave well-equipped with the tools to succeed: strong writing, critical thinking, research, technology, social and self-advocacy skills, solid content mastery and a strong sense of who they are as individuals. High schools report that MPFS graduates stand out as engaged learners.

School Day & Student Activities

What hours does the school operate?

The school day is from 8:20 AM-3:00 PM. Children may arrive as early as 7:30 AM. Optional Extended Day and After School Enrichment Programs are offered from 3:00 PM-5:45 PM.

Do you offer care during school holidays?

We do not offer care during school holidays.

Does MPFS provide transportation?

21 school districts provide free transportation to and from MPFS: Chester-Upland, Chichester, Garnet Valley, Great Valley, Haverford Township, Interboro, Lower Merion, Marple Newtown, Penn-Delco, Philadelphia, Radnor Township, Ridley, Rose Tree Media, Southeast Delco, Springfield, Tredyffrin/Easttown, Upper Darby, Unionville-Chadds Ford, Wallingford-Swarthmore, West Chester and William Penn. We recommend that you contact the transportation department of your local school district for details.

Do you offer competitive sports?

Middle School students may elect to participate in competitive sports. At present, competitive offerings include Soccer, Basketball and Track. Practice takes place during the school day in gym class. Home and away games take place after school on Mondays or Wednesdays.

Are your teachers certified/What kinds of backgrounds do your teachers have?

The majority of MPFS teachers have advanced degrees in their areas of specialty. All are master instructors who are highly skilled in both the art and science of teaching and are passionate about education. They are well-rounded individuals who bring a variety of talents and experiences to the classroom.

Do you use standardized tests?

MPFS students in 5th-8th Grade take ERBs. Our primary goal in using these tests is to provide students with practice in taking standardized tests, because, for now at least, they can expect to encounter them as part of the admissions process for independent secondary schools, in any public high school they might attend, and as part of the college admissions process. And, unlike in large schools, our teachers have the ability to look at individual student and overall class results, question by question, to assess mastery and needs for review.

How can parents be involved at MPFS?

We invite our parents to share in the education of their children because, when joined by a common set of beliefs and purpose, teachers, parents and administration are a powerful partnership. All parents of MPFS students are also automatically members of the school’s Parents’ Association, which builds community within the school, staffs events throughout the year (Bookfair, Winterfest, Annual Auction, etc.) and supports faculty and administration.

How does lunch work?

Our students eat lunch in the classroom with teachers. They can choose to bring lunch from home or can purchase a healthy school lunch. The school lunch, which is locally sourced, varies each day and includes a “hot” option, salad or sandwich on whole wheat bread, plus seasonal fresh fruit and a vegetable, and a whole grain roll or pretzels. Milk is provided for all students.