Mission & Philosophy

preschool teacher doing art with preschool student

Mission Statement

Wichita Friends School seeks to provide a high quality academic experience within a supportive learning environment that reflects the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.

Vision
Children discovering their world academically, socially, and spiritually rooted in a community that fosters self-directed life-long learning.

A Wichita Friends School Education…                                                                                   

….reflects our belief that faith is an integral part of education

Children are guided to discover their own unique gifts through spiritual reflection. Character development is shaped by teaching and demonstrating the values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship. These values and practices are rooted in those of the Religious Society of Friends. Students and families of all faiths or none are welcome.

…encompasses 3 years through 3rd grade

A rigorous and dynamic curriculum meets the needs of children during these most critical learning stages. Our facility and curriculum are designed with specific features that encourage optimal social/emotional development for these age levels.  An early focus on core academics prepares our students for future educational success.

…educates the whole child

Wichita Friends School provides children with a learning environment in which play is valued and intellect is challenged. With the guidance of highly qualified and certified teachers, children explore content-rich curriculum through activities aimed at developing the whole child. Theme-based units encourage exploration, observation, prediction, and problem-solving skills.  By design, indoor and outdoor play areas intentionally enhance all areas of growth.

…calls for a variety of teaching methods

Our faculty members utilize a variety of hands-on and experiential learning techniques to help make learning meaningful. Children are introduced to early reading concepts and progressively add to these skills as they learn to read. Mathematical awareness transitions into computation and problem solving skills. Our small class settings allow us ample time to discover the vast world around us through science, social studies, art, music, movement and so much more.

…allows for individually paced learning

The academic program is structured so that students can progress through concept learning at a pace that is challenging. Academic groupings are also sensitive to social developmental and growth.  Small class sizes facilitate individualization.

…is rooted in community

From the belief that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts, we recognize the interconnectedness among people and we work to discover the value of diversity in the context of community. Through collaboration, cooperation and peaceful conflict resolution, we continually seek ways to build relationships among our children, families and wider world.

…offer skills for lifelong learning, discovery and growth

Children affirm their unique skills in being positive role models now and in future settings. Building upon the values, skills and knowledge developed at Wichita Friends School, students gain awareness of the larger world and their responsible place within it.