The Friends Play School offers a joyous day of play and learning for “Little Friends” who are three-years-old by September.
West Chester Friends School’s youngest students explore enriched art-, literature- and play‐based experiences rooted in the Quaker values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship (SPICES).
As they develop friendships and become a part of their school community, young children learn to problem solve and develop strategies for understanding their world.
Creative play and guided learning support their social and emotional growth. Loving, experienced teachers model and encourage children to recognize emotions, express their feelings and needs verbally, and be respectful of friends. Group play is designed to ensure that all children “shine their light.”
Preschoolers enjoy the resources and experiences available on our elementary school campus, including studio art, music, Spanish, gardening and outdoor play, library and story time, “field trips” around campus and special classroom visitors, as well as appropriate assemblies, concerts and other special events.
On weekly trips to the beautiful “treetop” library, students experience the best of American and British children’s literature. The children’s interactions with both text and illustration initiate their journey into a deep love of reading. Children may borrow books from the fine fiction and non‐fiction collections.
At West Chester Friends School, we believe that all children are innately curious and creative! The Play School day is chock full of opportunities for drawing, painting and sculpting in a variety of medium; for age-appropriate science exploration and invention; and for children to learn about both American song heritage and international musical cultures through instruments, dancing and song.
Please view the online registration form for WCFS Play School and contact us with any questions!
Brian Fahey Head of School
Karen Iacobucci Associate Head of School
Barbara Rowe Director of Admissions
If you wish to email the Admissions Office, please complete this form.
(610) 696- 2937
The Full Day Program The Morning Program
8:15 am to 3:00 pm 8:15 am to 12:30 pm
*Drop‐off may be between 8:15 am and 8:30 am*
Class Size: Limited to ten, with two teachers
Five Full Days – $14,975; Five Mornings ~ $9,375
Full Day, M-W-F ~ $9,925; Mornings, M-W-F ~ $6,225
Full Day, Tu-Thu ~ $6,925 ; Mornings, Tu-Thu ~ $4,050
Accreditation and Associations
West Chester Friends School is accredited as a private academic school by the Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools (PAIS), the agency that is chartered by the Department of Education to accredit independent schools across the Commonwealth. Full-scale evaluations occur every ten years and include an extensive self-study and an evaluation by a visiting team of education professionals based on over 100 standards. The last full-scale evaluation for WCFS was in the 2017-2018 school year.