At Lancaster Friends School, we know that learners learn best when they feel safe, valued, and loved. LFS uses an expeditionary learning (learning through exploring) philosophy that includes learning through inquiry, reflection, collaboration, and service. Our child-centered, query-based curriculum promotes critical thinking skills, respectful discussion and group work, reflection, and connection to the broader community and world. Across all subject areas, we include and focus on figures and information representing the full diversity and citizenship of the world. Historical and contemporary justice for all groups is emphasized in the materials we use and the lessons we teach.
Quakers are seekers of truth. The philosophy and curriculum of Lancaster Friends School (LFS) encourages students to be truth seekers.
Physical and Health Education
Physical Education provides intellectual stimulation and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors for physical activity and physical fitness.
Lancaster Friends School seeks to develop well-rounded students, and makes the arts a priority.
Social Emotional Learning
Social emotional learning (SEL) is Integrated into daily activities, interactions, and lessons, as well as supported by the Quaker practices & testimonies.
In addition LFS will use the resources from the Toolbox Project. These “tools'' allow students to manage emotions and relationships, make good decisions, and be self-aware. The concrete and visual reminders help students keep these practices accessible and give educators a common language around SEL. These skills can help students have a more positive attitude about school and learning, reduce emotional distress and aggressive behavior, and improve academic skills.
Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that connects academic curriculum to community problem-solving, and provides students with authentic experiences in working with others to build more just and peaceful communities.
By providing opportunities within the curriculum for students to identify and act on issues to witness and understand the needs of others, we hope to instill in LFS students critical social, emotional, and cognitive skills, and prepare them for a life that includes service. Toward this end, the school uses an approach to service learning in which students learn to: identify a problem in their community; prepare to act on that problem through research and collaboration with community partners; develop a plan and take meaningful action; and reflect on their experience and what was learned. Through this approach, students demonstrate mastery of new insights and skills, while exercising compassion, social responsibility, and care for humanity or the natural world.
Mixed-age Classrooms by Design
Classes with multiple ages allow for an authentic community where students learn from each other.
“Vertical groups give a student an advantage by being able to mentor the younger kids. My daughter in (the) 4th through 6th class learned to appreciate the 4th graders very well. The school has so many opportunities to learn from different perspectives and experiences.”