Our Programs


Our academic program supports HFS’ mission and reflects our Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. It also strives to meet our students where they are and develop the whole child in mind, body, and spirit. Our academic program converges students’ skills and interests with innovative content and fundamentals, high-quality, caring and supportive faculty, intimate class sizes, engaging delivery, and research/best practices in education.

Ultimately, our hope is for students to leave HFS carrying the light of confidence, critical thinking, creativity, and stewardship into the next chapter of their educational journey, and we believe our curriculum continually strives to reflect this goal.

Early Childhood

In the Early Childhood Center (ECC) at HFS, we believe that all young children learn through play. Through this medium, our teachers provide and seek those auspicious moments to perpetuate natural curiosity within children—the catalyst that prompts their questions, ignites their passion to explore and discover, and sets the stage for their Lower and Middle School experiences.

Children progress through three grades in the ECC, beginning with the Swallowtails (ages 2-3), followed by Skippers (ages 3-4), and Monarchs (ages 4-5). Teachers use thematic weeks and centers to provide a multidisciplinary approach to learning both in and out of the classroom. Through our curriculum, children have the opportunity to develop in critical areas so they emerge from the ECC fully ready to continue their educational journey as learners. Students must be 2 by the first day of school to enroll in the Swallowtails program.

⭐ Gross and fine-motor skills
⭐ Social-emotional skills
⭐ Literacy, writing and math readiness
⭐ Hands-on STEM experiments
⭐ Basic understanding of social studies, world history and cultures
⭐ Health and physical education
⭐ Exposure to and appreciation for the Arts, Music, and Spanish language

The ECC curriculum is also enriched with special field trips, artists-in-residence, guest speakers, and once-a-month participation in all-school Meeting for Worship, which our little ones enjoy with their older “buddies.”

Our nurturing, warm environment provides ECC children with a feeling of safety, connection, and self-worth to their teachers and fellow classmates. Once children discover this trust, we believe there is no limit to learning. Through planned and purposeful play, our teachers help develop the skills needed for life—problem-solving and resolving differences using words, expressing needs and feelings constructively, developing friendships, and working cooperatively with one another – all while growing in self-confidence as they learn.

Lower School (Grades K-4)

As early as Kindergarten, HFS students learn to think independently and construct their own knowledge, whether they are examining the metamorphosis of the Monarch Butterfly, learning to relate to the world around them via time, space, numbers, art, music and literature, solving problems, or reaching out to others in the community. The children begin to understand that areas of study are interrelated, and that knowledge—and people—are immutably connected. Independence, critical thinking, social development, and relationships all take center stage, even for our youngest.

Grades 1-3
Students continue to develop academic and social-emotional skills. During these years, students begin more formal academic instruction with concentrated study of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. Teachers present the children with meaningful contexts in which to learn the skills they need, and in the process, continually demonstrate those academic connections that reinforce critical thinking skills and independent learning. Query, exploration, discovery, and hands-on learning continue to dominate the academic atmosphere. While technology is integrated across the grades, students in grades 2 – 3 engage in a more formalized study with the school’s librarian/media specialist. Consistent with our ECC program, students across the grades enjoy field trips and special programs that augment their learning.

4th Grade
Students actively prepare for the rigors of Middle School by assuming greater responsibility for their own behavior and learning. They continue to hone their academic skills and work more independently. Differentiated instruction is integral to the school’s academic approach to learning, and teachers readily accommodate rapid learners. The students work extensively on study skills, strategies for note-taking and test-taking, and formal presentations. They also assume leadership roles with the younger children, serving as “buddies” to them in Meeting for Worship and special projects.

Middle School (Grades 5-8)

The HFS middle school curriculum focuses on preparing our students for high school, giving them the tools and knowledge to be prepared intellectually and social-emotionally, while helping instill the confidence to be an independent and critical thinker, self-driven learner, and advocate for oneself. Our smaller class sizes create a nurturing environment, conducive to personal attention, creativity, risk-taking, and in-depth study. As with our lower divisions, experiential and service-based learning continue to play an important role in the curriculum.

Middle school students are fully immersed in a curriculum and routines unique to the middle school grades. History, literature, and writing are integrated into a daily 90-minute Humanities format. As a part of the science curriculum, all seventh and eighth grade students participate in the Coriell Institute Science Fair with the opportunity to advance to the regional and national levels of competition. The middle school math curriculum strengthens arithmetic skills and expands student knowledge in concepts leading to their study of Algebra and Geometry. Teachers also work on organizational skills—from keeping track of daily homework assignments and materials to guided note taking and preparing for longer term assignments and tests.

Our students attend classes in performing and visual arts. Each year of the middle school music curriculum introduces students to performance experiences on a different instrument (soprano recorder in 5th grade and guitar in 6th grade) or immersion in music study (music history in 7th grade and world music in 8th grade). Middle school students perform in two all-school concerts: The Winter Concert in December and Frolic (graduation) in June. In the HFS Spanish program, students are encouraged to acquire conversational proficiency in Spanish through language exposure by listening and reading, intentionally tailored to their level of understanding. This input-based approach to teaching foreign language focuses on the systematic instruction of high frequency vocabulary in a highly comprehensible, personalized, and contextualized manner. Students are taught vocabulary, basic language structure, and grammar through the context of stories, novels, songs, and conversation, as well as through gestures and pantomime with the goal of fluency. In Art classes, middle school students create art in a variety of media that addresses issues ranging from current events, to Quaker values, to the students’ own thoughts and concerns. In Health & Physical Ed, students learn a variety of sports skills, fitness exercises, and health concepts, and they participate in numerous cooperative and strategic games.

Experiential learning occurs through field trips in each grade; some field trips involve the entire middle school. We also engage with our local community — walking to Haddonfield bookstores and ice cream shops to learn about entrepreneurship and chemistry, for example.

Service-based learning is also part of the middle school experience. Our sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students donate their time and effort to cook hot meals and bring interactive activities to sick children and their families residing at Ronald McDonald House. The students also plan and organize a school-wide rummage sale to raise funds for the food purchases necessary for their meal preparation at RMH. Students often identify needs in both our local and global communities and design service projects of their own.

These collective experiences and opportunities at HFS set our middle school students up for success after graduation. Students are mentored through the high school application process and gain admittance to many of their schools of choice, including Moorestown Friends, Lawrenceville Prep, William Penn Charter (PA), St. Andrew’s School (DE), St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (PA), Friends Select (PA), Bishop Eustace, and Monteverde Friends (Costa Rica). They also achieve success at area public high schools (Haddonfield Memorial, Cherry Hill East, Collingswood, Pitman, Eastern, Sterling, to name a few).

+ Extended Day Programs (Clubs & Before/After Care)

The Extended Day Program offers several options to meet the diverse needs of our parent and student body:
After School Clubs

HFS offers a variety of after school clubs appropriate for all age groups. Clubs are available in 8-week sessions based on the trimester schedule. Clubs meet once to twice per week. Samples of club offerings include: Yoga, Flower Arranging, Jewelry & Beads, Legos, Astronomy, Chess, Coding and 3D Printing, Debate, Cross Country Team, Golf, Soccer, T-Ball, Theater, Chess, Coffee Shop Writers, Model UN, Young Engineers, and other areas of interest. Lessons in mandolin, violin, and piano are also available.
After Care Program

Students must be enrolled in a plan to attend after care. Enrollment in a plan can take place at any time if space allows. However, once enrolled, this is a commitment for the year, and only additions may be made. Aftercare is not prorated for late starts. Aftercare is not available past 5:00pm. If you are late to pick up your child, additional fees will be applied.

PLEASE NOTE: Extended day is not provided on early dismissal days, snow days, holidays, days off, or when there is an emergency school closing.

+ At the Meeting House

Weekly Meeting for Worship

Gathering in silence, Meeting for Worship plays a special role in the school’s religiously diverse community. Meeting for Worship is the Quaker form of worship, in which the assembled group meets in a silent, communal search for Truth; those who are moved to speak rise to do so out of the silence.  Students write and present queries for the group to reflect and speak on:

  • Today is Hanukkah. During Hanukkah, the Jewish people took back their land from the Greek rulers, who forced them to worship their Gods. How can we celebrate religious freedom in America?
  • Veterans Day was a couple of days ago. The veterans fought to protect our country in war. If there was more peace in the world, there wouldn’t have to be any wars. How can we try to promote peace within the community?
  • One of the Quaker spices is stewardship, which includes taking care of your own clothes and toys. There is a LOT of stuff in the “Lost and Found,” is not showing good stewardship. How can we improve this and show good stewardship in the future?
  • One of the Quaker Spices is Equality. The actual definition of Equality is: the state of being equal in status, rights, and opportunities. The kinds of equality are social, civil, political, and economic equality. What does equality mean to you?
  • One week after Hurricane Michael, residents are starting to return to their homes, only to find that their homes and possessions are destroyed. How can we be good stewards and help them in their road to recovery?
  • We sit in Meeting for Worship to reflect about ourselves and see how we can improve and spread happiness. What does Meeting for Worship mean to you?
  • Today is National Stop Bullying Day. How can we raise awareness and stop bullying?
  • Today is National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work or School Day. Many of you have brought a teddy bear or stuffed animal today. What does your teddy bear or stuffed animal mean to you?
  • The middle school recently went to Camp Dark Waters where we learned important skills such as teamwork and communication. How can we use teamwork and communication to create and maintain peace in the world?
  • Today is National Family Day. How can each of us in the HFS community show appreciation for our individual families?
  • How can we create peace in our community as American citizens?
  • How can we keep our community clean?
  • Do you respect everyone’s opinions?
  • Friday is the hundredth day of school. What is your favorite memory from the first 100 days of school?
  • This month is National Bullying Prevention Month. The 4th graders are standing against bullying with their kindness wall project. What else can we do if we see bullying or to help prevent bullying in our community peacefully?

Speakers & Parent Enrichment Events

Raising Resilient Girls, by Girls Leadership Co-Founder and Executive Director Simone Marean. Simone recently delivered her acclaimed talk (Parents Magazine) to over 400 parents at the HFS Meeting House. Simone shared insights on the challenges girls face today, the reasons why we see girls struggling, and what we can do to help them. Simone spoke about helping girls practice assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence, and healthy relationships, preparing them for a life of personal and social leadership. Her engaging presentation covered the development of girl dynamics beginning in preschool through high school.

E.B. Lewis, the illustrator of over 70 children’s books, gave three presentations to groups of students. He spoke about his life as well as the process of illustrating and living a Purpose Driven Life. He encouraged students to identify their own passions and purpose. E.B. Lewis and Jacqueline Woodson, Author, used HFS as the setting for their book Each Kindness.

Concerts, Shows and Theater Productions

  • All students, from 2 years to Grade 8, sing and play instruments in a Winter Concert to celebrate the holiday season
  • HFS faculty and students collaborate to present original plays and favorite musicals twice/year
  • From karate to singing, interpretive dance to poetry, HFS students from 2 years to Grade 8 share their talents in our Annual Talent Show

Class Presentations

Class Presentations – Classes utilizes the Meeting House to present their project work to the community:

  • Grandparents & Special Friends Day Activities
  • Monarch Butterflies Parade
  • Thanksgiving Presentation
  • Violin Performance
  • Author’s Celebration


A memorable tradition, Frolic is a celebration of our 8th Grade graduates.  All of our graduates deliver speeches and all HFS classes perform songs and dances to mark this beloved occasion.

PTO Pasta Dinner

Our Middle School students, along with parent volunteers, prepare a delicious Italian meal for all to enjoy.  This is a wonderful opportunity to parents, students and faculty to connect with one another.

+ Community Service

Inspired by the Quaker testimonies (S.P.I.C.E.S) Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship, Haddonfield Friends School prioritizes community service as an integral part of school life, where all students have an opportunity to participate. For Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, every class comes to school for the morning to participate in a variety of service projects, from making greeting cards for a local rehabilitation center to making sandwiches for a local soup kitchen.

Additional service projects have included: visits to a rehabilitation center (1st grade), visiting and bonding with “grand-buddies” at a local assisted living facility (2nd grade), making blankets for Project Linus and collecting books for BookSmiles (3rd grade), gathering cold weather gear with a mitten tree (4th grade), and helping to reforest Wissahickon Park (Middle School). Middle School students take turns coordinating and preparing meals as well as entertainment for residents of Ronald McDonald House. In the spring, our 8th grade students participate in service projects as part of their class trip to Costa Rica!

+ Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

Welcome to the PTO!

We are parents, teachers, and students working together to build a healthy and happy school environment for all our children.  We invite you to learn more about the PTO and join us as an attendee or volunteer.

Some examples of the fun work we do:

  • Plan community-building events such as Pasta Dinners, Roller Skating nights, and our annual Fall Festival, where we camp out in the graveyard, vote on the best homemade chili, and dance under the stars.
  • Participate in community service projects to support Cathedral Kitchen, Cherry Hill Food Pantry, Collingswood Manor, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Ronald McDonald House, and many others.
  • Raise funds to enrich the HFS learning community (e.g., donate books to our school and classroom libraries).

Summer Camp

Haddonfield Friends Summer Camp provides an engaging and fun learning environment where campers experience various activities to round out their more formal, academic school year. From creative and artistic expression to theme-based activities, sports, and games; leadership development opportunities to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math activities, our campers come away with meaningful growth experiences and fun memories with new friends.

Register Online Here

Experience why our children are HAPPY to learn!