Quaker Philosophy


The Quaker Philosophy is central to OPFS's approach to fostering relationships and building a healthy community.  


We use the word "friends" in our classroom as often as we use the word "student" because, in the Quaker tradition, the term is applied to all members of the community encouraging an egalitarian approach to decision making and conflict resolution.  Like any community, conflicts arise in the day-to-day happenings of our school and we views these as opportunities for our students to learn and develop their EQ (emotional intelligence).


A quick way to remember the principles of the Quakerism is through the acronym SPICES --simplicity, peacefulness, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.  These form the foundation of our classroom community.  We encourage our students to explore these concepts, exhibit their qualities, and to carry them out into the community beyond the classroom.