Mission and History


Friends School is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, family cooperative school. Our mission is to provide experiential, noncompetitive, child-centered educational opportunities where individual differences are respected and celebrated, and where children with special needs are welcomed.

Friends School accomplishes this mission by:

  • Providing a nurturing, caring, and loving learning environment.
  • Valuing the uniqueness of each child.
  • Teaching tolerance, kindness and understanding as well as good citizenship and social values.
  • Requiring family involvement.
  • Providing classes with a low student-teacher ratio to help meet individual needs.
  • Providing a highly individualized, developmentally appropriate program aimed at the whole child.


Our History

In 1980, the Quaker Meeting of Louisville was approached by a group of parents seeking to create a unique preschool program that could serve both children of typical development and children with special needs in a genuinely inclusive environment. Thus, Friends School was founded under the auspices of the Friends Council for Social Concerns. In 1992, the school received its own nonprofit charter. Friends has grown from humble beginnings to become a high quality, non-sectarian, family cooperative, serving children of all abilities within an inclusive, accepting, and challenging educational program.