The Alexandria Friends School will be housed in the Beth El Hebrew Congregations Temple at 3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, beginning Aug. 1. The school, currently located at 25 South Quaker Lane, is moving to the newly renovated Temple to take advantage of additional space and improved classrooms. Classes for the 2007-2008 school year will begin on Tuesday, Sept. 4, following the Labor Day holiday, and will finish out that week in community-building activities at Shiloh Quaker Camp near Stanardsville, Va.
The school was founded to serve students in grades 9-12 for whom other educational environments were not working. According to William Stewart, Head of School, We seek to bring out the fullest potential in each member of our community by relying on core Quaker beliefs and values.
The school also adjusts its curriculum to meet the needs and interests of its students, which, Stewart said, is possible because of the small student body, class size, and excellent student-to-teacher ratio.
Alexandria Friends School, now in its second year of operation, is building on the legacy of the Thornton Friends School, which served northern Virginia students for nine years at the Seminary Road location.