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Westbury Friends School

550 Post Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590

(516) 333-3178


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The values of individual worth and non-violent conflict resolution are the cornerstone of a Quaker school. Beyond our community outreach activities, WFS aims to give each child a chance to shine within the safe environment of the school. Acknowledging that each individual learns differently is the beginning. WFS teachers strive to reach each child where he/she is, and help students move through the learning process at their own pace. Education occurs not only in the classroom, but in all areas of the school. The goal is to create an independent learner who will find his/her strengths, accommodate the things that challenge him/her, and come to appreciate a love of learning.

WFS also aims to instill a level of respect for others through several concrete activities that evolve and spiral up with the children as they progress from Nursery through Sixth Grade. Pre-School students are encouraged and supported in their first steps at learning to count on their peers to help them with simple tasks like putting on their coats, or in meeting the challenge of a difficult task like getting a block structure to stay up. Students throughout their WFS experience are encouraged to listen to each other respectfully during group meetings in the classroom, to ask for help from a teacher or a friend, and to rise to the occasion when the need for an act of kindness makes itself known. By the time they graduate, WFS students are expected to embody a respect for themselves and the community they find themselves
Our philosophy of welcoming people of different backgrounds, of welcoming people of different races, religious, cultural, socioeconomic, physical and learning styles, is clearly stated in our mission statement. All of our literature and many of our activities confirm and reflect the diversity which we celebrate."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are required to make donations ourselves
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school