A unique private cooperative elementary school
Friends Western School is a community-based elementary school (K through 5th grade) in Pasadena, California that values inquiry, participation, examination, and reflection. We believe in each child’s natural curiosity and compassion, and we work with each student to nurture a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of integrity.
The school described by our students
" FWS is a wonderful match for our family. Our daughter loves school and we are proud and excited to be members of a community of parents building a values-based environment for our children. We continue to marvel at the high adult-to-child ratio and focused attention to the children's needs throughout the day. Our daughter is thriving as a student and as a whole, well-cared-for, growing person."
From the FWS Instragram feed
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Scenes from the school
This video was generously produced by Alex Lorge. Music charitably provided by Figg.
Pasadena Now's profile of FWS
In the News
Check out Flying Foxes (issue 5), the school newsletter created by the students for the FWS community.
FWS prides itself on its small class size. Learn the importance of class size during the early grades.