In addition to its college preparatory academic mission, Friends Select School is fully committed to the Quaker testimonies (simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship) and practices of the Religious Society of Friends, which are integral to the life of the school and its community.
This Quaker influence manifests itself daily in the practice of peaceful resolution of conflict, service toward others, and respect and inclusion. Friends Select is "under the care" of the Central Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Race Street) and the Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia (Arch Street).
Meeting for Worship
Every Wednesday, each of the school's three divisions walks to the Race Street Meetinghouse. In the manner of Friends, Meeting for Worship takes place in a silent search for truth; those who are moved to speak rise to do so out of the silence. At times during the year, the entire school community gathers together for Meeting for Worship.
Meeting for Community
Lower school students are taught to listen to each other and to work through challenges as a group. Meeting for Community, for example, brings together classes or groups for cooperative decision-making and planning in a manner that strengthens the community.
Clear expectations for behavior contribute to the well-being of the individual and the community. Friends Select is committed to teaching nonviolence and creating a community in which all members seek peaceful resolution to conflict.
Inherent to Friends Select's belief that "learning should be placed at the service of society," community service is an integral feature of the educational curriculum. Service begins in the lower school, with classroom responsibilities and participation in school-wide projects, and continues through middle and upper school.