Media-Providence Friends Preschool

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Basic Information

Address: 125 West Third Street Media, PA 19063
Phone Number: 610.565.1960
Fax Number: 610.565.9866

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Media-Providence Friends Preschool
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Additional Information

Director: Jon Hall, Head of School
Ages/Grades: Jon Hall, Head of School
School Type: Quaker
School Setting:

Small town

Classroom Size: Maxiumum enrollment is 18 in dual-teacher preschool classrooms
Year Opened: 1876
Hours: 7:30 AM - 5:45 PM
School Season: early September - early June, plus summer camp


Meals Provided?: No
State Permits?: Yes
Full Time/Part Time: Both
Languages Spoken: English (students take Spanish from a specialist teacher)
First Aid Certified?: Yes
Religious?: No
Extended Care?: Yes
Summer School/Camp?: Yes
Transportation Provided?: Local districts provide transportation for elementary and middle school students.
Financial Assistance Accepted?: Need-based aid is available. Approximately half of students receive aid
Academic Programs: All MPFS students participate in a rich program of core courses in language arts, math, social studies, science and foreign language complemented by art, music, chorus, library, computer, guidance/values studies and physical education, with frequent multi-disciplinary experiences.
School Events: See website.
Mission Statement:

Media-Providence Friends School, a Quaker school offering pre-kindergarten through middle school, is a learning community, rich in diversity, where academic challenge is combined with the teaching of values. Those values flow from the Quaker conviction that there is “that of God” in each person. Our intimate classes encourage individuality to be celebrated and intellectual growth and curiosity to be nurtured. Community involvement and service learning play integral parts in school programming, cultivating responsibility within students and connecting them with the larger world.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

• Philosophy of Education: MPFS is dedicated to creating a community of life-long learners who grow in a nurturing environment filled with both academic vigor and rich opportunities for character development. We embrace diversity, all its forms, challenging students to develop respect for all communities while cultivating their social, creative, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, and physical aspects.
We emphasize the Quaker belief that there is "that of God" in every individual and are deeply committed to nurturing the Light and potential within each child. We support children who learn within a range of differences in style and strengths, working from mastery of basic skills to higher order thinking, encouraging individual responsibility and critical thinking throughout the learning process.

School History:

Originally situated in a school room above a local livery stable in Media in 1876, the school moved to its current home next to Media Monthly Meeting nine years later, in 1885. This original 1885 school building still houses students today. Now comprised of 4 buildings, the campus serves 140 students and employs 40 full and part time faculty and staff members. Since the earliest days, Media-Providence Friends School opened its doors to students from a variety of backgrounds. Children from Russian Doukhobor refugee families were invited to attend school in 1908 and the first African-American student to be accepted to an independent school in the area attended MPFS in 1937, despite objections and the departure of a significant number of families. In 1957, MPFS hired its first African-American teacher and became one of the first schools to celebrate diversity in the teaching staff. More recently, the school has welcomed students whose parents left El Salvador amidst the heat of war. Today, the School is rich in religious, cultural, and economic diversity. Our students, coming mainly from Delaware and Chester County, reflect the racial diversity of the surrounding area: 75% Caucasian; 12% African American; 6% Multiracial; 2% Latino/Hispanic, and 3% Asian. School families have identified their religious affiliations as follows: 13% Catholic, 3% Eastern Orthodox, 4% Jewish, 3% Hindu, 23% Protestant, 20% Quaker, 5% Multiple Household Religions. Over a third of our students receive financial aid.

Notes/School Information:

For more information about Media-Providence Friends School's rich and nurturing preschool program, please visit