Goshen Friends School is an accredited independent school guided by the Quaker values of equality, integrity, simplicity, community, and peace. A member of the Goshen Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, Barbara Dixon, founded Goshen Friends School in 1959 to fulfill the need for a kindergarten for local farm children. Her vision for Goshen Friends School is the foundation for thethoughtful academic education and value-based social perspective it offers today.
Goshen Friends methodically expanded into preschool and then the elementary grades, one by one. The school buildings grew over the years from an enclosed porch in the Quaker Meetinghouse to the conversion of old carriage sheds into preschool classrooms. A campaign to "Grow the Circle of Friends" accomplished the addition of an extended day room in 2001 and a lower school building in 2006 to accommodate the growing student body. Additionally, the campaign called for the construction of a multipurpose building "a dream for the future of Goshen Friends."
Since Goshen Friends School's inception, its facilities and operations have consistently reflected the Quaker tenet of simplicity and its commitment to making tuition accessible to the broad community. Investment in Goshen Friends School is critical at this time. In order to fully support the strong academic and social endeavors of a Goshen Friends education, a multipurpose building is greatly needed. To complement the long-term capital expansion plan, the General Committee also envisioned an endowment to ensure financial stability for Goshen Friends School.
The future is now. It is time to "Complete the Circle." PDF
Goshen Friends School is a place where children feel safe, comfortable and loved and where they are free to learn and grow.