What's an education for?
What matters most?
What's possible? And what difference can I make?
These are just a few of the questions that animate our work at San Francisco Friends School. We are both young, in the middle of our second decade, and old, part of a 325-year tradition of Friends education, a tradition of aspiration and excellence in academics and character, the head and the heart—what I like to think of and call Education for Action!
One of the first conversations that I participated in when I joined Horizons at SFFS, in late February 2020, was a very honest debrief of Horizons’ fundraiser at Bimbo’s 365 Club. The central discussion questions: the benefit at the new venue had been successful, but had it been inclusive? Did it uphold Horizons’ values grounded in equity and social justice? Was an event really “the Horizons way?”
Hopefully you noticed our beautiful, redesigned website, which we just debuted this week. We've been working on this new site for awhile, and we're excited to be able to share it with you now. With this updated platform, we hope to be able to share more engaging content, news about our school, and ways to connect with this wonderful community at SFFS.
There is so much happening in the news right now that students may or may not be metabolizing in their own ways—and they will inevitably have questions for the adults in their lives. Below are some resources, compiled by Lower School Head Jennifer Arnest, that we hope educators and parents alike may find helpful as we follow the lead of our children in talking about war and responding truthfully, while keeping it simple and appropriate for their evolving minds and growing awareness.
We are delighted to announce that our own Amabelle Sze will be transitioning to a new role this summer when she becomes the next head of the SFFS Lower School. Amabelle has been part of the Friends community for 15 years, and we are so excited that she has committed to an interim appointment that will allow her to test just how much she misses the classroom. You can read Mike and Pankti's full letter to the community about Amabelle's new role—and her long-standing commitment to our school—below.
We are thrilled to announce that Lizzie Rogal will be joining the Friends community this summer as our third-ever head of the SFFS Middle School. Lizzie brings extensive experience in education and leadership, as well as a strong commitment to social justice, and we can't wait to officially welcome her to 250. You can read Mike and Pankti's full letter to the community about Lizzie's new role—and how everyone involved in the search knew she'd be a wonderful addition to our school—below.