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Our History

Princeton Friends School was founded in 1987 by a small group of progressive Quaker educators to bring Friends education to the greater Princeton area. At the heart of our school is the Quaker belief in a transcendent spirit – “that of God” – in everyone. For a school, this means an education focused on the “whole child,” fostering humanitarian as well as intellectual growth. Princeton Friends School now enrolls approximately 125 students in pre-K through grade 8, offering an exceptional, forward-thinking curriculum and a welcoming, diverse community. Princeton Friends School is accredited by the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. We are also a member of the Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools.

Our roots go back to 1781 when a small school was opened in what we now call the Schoolmaster’s House, on the 10-acre grounds of the Princeton Monthly Meeting. Contrary to the times, the little Quaker school was open to all, regardless of financial means or family status. A larger one-room schoolhouse, adjacent to the Meetinghouse, was built in 1800 and served the community for decades. After it fell into disrepair, the old schoolhouse was dismantled around 1900.