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HomeAboutQuakerism at LFS

Lansdowne Friends School was founded in 1902 by Quakers and is a Quaker or Friends school.  The school is under the care of Lansdowne Monthly Meeting of Friends (see Governance).

Quakers believe that there is "that of God" in everyone. The philosophy and tradition of Lansdowne Friends School draws from a commitment to the values and testimonies of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), such as simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and service/stewardship (SPICES).  These values form the foundation upon which the curriculum is built.  Skills of cooperation, and non-violent conflict resolution are taught and practiced in developmentally appropriate ways throughout the school.  Respect for the individual and for the community, and for diversity of background and learning style is modeled by adults in the community, reflected in our program, and encouraged among all students.

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Meeting for Worship

The school community gathers together in the Meeting House once a week for Meeting for Worship, a period of worship rooted in silence, out of which thoughtful messages are shared. 

Visitors and parents enrich our Meeting and are invited to join us on Wednesdays at 9:00 AM.

Worship Sharing

Once a month, students and teachers meet in the spirit of worship in small, mixed-age groupings for Worship Sharing.  Unlike Meeting for Worship, Worship Sharing groups meet in classrooms and focus on a particular query or topic.  Worship sharing groups foster a sense of community.

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“The Friends aspect of the school was accidentally a big factor for us.  Once we were here we realized that all of our values were enhanced here.  It is what keeps us here.”  LFS Parent