School Details

Alexandria Friends School

3830 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304
(703) 461-7222

(out of 10)

Private Grades 9-12 9 students 2 students/teacher (VA avg is 17)

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About this school

Alexandria Friends School is a private high school in Alexandria. The principal of Alexandria Friends School is William R. Stewart, whose e-mail is 9 children attend Alexandria Friends School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Alexandria Friends School is 2:1. Episcopal High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 67% %
Hispanic 17% %
Black, non-Hispanic 17% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a school where students can be themselves without fear of being bullied for being different. LD and all students here are treated with respect by peers and staff alike. Each student's education is tailored to his/her needs and level of achievement so every student can excel and do her/his personal best. I love this school because it works for our kids!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am an academic tutor who works with an Alex Friends School student. I have been this young man's tutor for almost 7 years through three schools. This year his first at AFS has been the most positive ever. The workload is manageable--which enables him to truly master concepts and skills. The caring community created by AFS staff has made a dramatic difference in his attitude toward homework completion and learning in general has taken a huge turn for the better. Well done AFS!

  • (6 years ago)

    Our son had difficulty at two schools that were supposed to be tailored to his needs. At Alexandria Friends he is doing a good deal better academically and is much more comfortable with schooling. We attribute this to the caring individual atention that he is receiving from faculty members.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son cannot imagine going to school anywhere else. He has always been a bit of a 'square peg' but this school makes it their business to smooth those edges. It's a confortable nonthreatening environment. This shouldn't be something that's hard to find - but it is.

  • (6 years ago)

    Alexandria Friends School is a special place for students who have lost their zest for learning. It succeeded Thornton Friends School (TFS) at the same location when TFS consolidated to one site in Silver Spring MD. A group of parents and faculty together with a Board representing Quaker Meetings locally pulled together a new school from families in VA. Together this group recruited a new group of students. Now in year three AFS is a growing success. If your child has difficulties in large school settings this may be the place for him/her. With small classes and teachers who care about learning AFS provides an individually tailored learning experience. The school has students from international settings home schooled students and a mix of students from public and private schools. The standards are rigorous however they allow for the needs and interests of individual students. My son actually likes attending school.

  • (6 years ago)

    We feel extremely fortunate to have found Alexandria Friends School. Our daughter a first-year student at AFS is academically engaged and excited about school--and that's a real turnaround. She's getting an individualized education in the truest sense--very small classes assignments tailored to her interests and skills and teachers who take a real interest in her progress and style of learning. It's a school where open communication--student teachers and parents--is emphasized and where such values as honesty and integrity matter. Our only regret is that we didn't stumble across AFS sooner.

  • (6 years ago)

    Finding the Alexandria Friends School was a god send! Our ADD son was convinced that he was 'stupid' (which his IQ scores belied) and absolutely hated school. He looks forward to school everyday and is doing well in subjects that were previously a challenge. When I asked what the difference was at Alexandria Friends he said 'the teachers treat us and respect us like equals.' It seems it is this one single element that has helped unlock my son's natural love of learning again. He is even learning to love subjects that he thought he had no interest in. While the small enrollment size was initially of concern I now realize that it is a gift... like having private tutors and mentors. As Yeats said 'education is not so much the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire ' We are so pleased that AFSl is providing the perfect 'match' for our son.

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