A school where your child is supported to grow into their own unique self, wrapped in loving community
Friends Western School is a cooperative elementary school (K through 5th grade) in Pasadena, California. We believe in each child’s natural curiosity and capacity for connection, and we work with each student to nurture a lifelong love of learning and a strong sense of personal integrity.
Friends Western School is committed to a developmentally appropriate approach to school that treats each child as a whole person. Our philosophy of nonviolent education guides our work in helping children become resourceful, responsible community members.
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."