Plymouth Meeting Friends School

2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

PMFS Children playing with lea

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PMFS School Office Phone: 610-828-2288
Head of School: Brenda Crawley (
Admissions: Joyce Colzani (

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Plymouth Meeting Friends School (PMFS)  serves students Age 3 – Sixth Grade, offering a vigorous, creative curriculum in a caring environment. Since its founding in 1780, PMFS balances academic challenge with age-appropriate expectations, while celebrating and encouraging the exuberance  of children. A diverse school community, PMFS has a global program that builds appreciation of difference as well as commonality through a curriculum built on respect.

Through caring relationships with expert elementary educators, PMFS students grow into themselves with a clear sense of who they are, as well as a sense of wonder and excitement for the world and for learning. This prepares them well and sets a critical foundation for all that follows.

Basis for School Programs

Plymouth Meeting Friends School provides an education based on the Quaker belief that there is that of God in everyone. Through its nurturing environment, the school offers an intellectually challenging and creative academic program to a diverse student body. Supported by adults who model respect and understanding, students reach toward individual strengths as responsible members of a community of learners.

Plymouth Meeting Friends School is grounded in Quaker faith and practice. Our core values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship (SPICES) are woven into the educational and cultural fabric of who we are and what we do.

Accordingly, we strive to live up to the legacy of equal access to education and equity across social identities. Throughout their PMFS journey, our students come to understand that kindness and respect are critical to resolving conflict peacefully; they recognize the importance of acknowledging and respecting different perspectives.

Campus Fosters Learning

Located three miles north of Philadelphia, the woods, playground, and fields of the eleven-acre campus serve as a living laboratory for exploration and creative discovery in all aspects of the curriculum. Nine buildings spread throughout natural and dedicated outdoor spaces form the backdrop for learning and play from our youngest to our oldest students (Campus Map).

Highlights include:

  • Making clay creations in the Art Studio, to be finished in the school’s kiln

  • Taking care of the school’s beehives during Beekeeping Club

  • Enjoying a book from the 10,000+ choices in the Library

  • Searching for caterpillars (and butterflies) in the Butterfly Garden

  • Playing games in the Gym... or on the field under the “Mary” tree

  • Taking compost from classrooms to the school compost pile

  • Seeing if anything is swimming in a puddle on a rainy day

  • … and taking what is found to the Science Room to check under a microscope

PMFS reinforces Quaker values throughout its program, including:

  • Simplicity: a focus on student-created artwork on grounds and in buildings

  • Peace: teaching students Conflict Resolution skills

  • Integrity: helping students work through Apologies of Action

  • Community: participating in PMM and PMFS’ annual Leaf Raking Day

  • Equality: learning that every talent matters in the 4th Grade Circus

  • Stewardship: caring for the campus with class jobs and taking part in student Meeting for Business


PMFS children playing with lea

Students and faculty practice regular stewardship jobs for care of the campus, and the entire School and Meeting community come together for an annual Leaf-Raking Day and soup lunch.


    Strawberry Festival

End of the school year strawberry festival occurs each June - a time of celebration.



Children with leaves

Curiosity leads the lesson


Carolee Duckworth, 5/6/2020