Welcome to the San Francisco Friends School! SFFS is a vibrant, diverse, and intentional learning community.
Our school is both young, celebrating our 20th anniversary this year, and old, part of a storied 325-year tradition of Friends education. This tradition of excellence in both academics and character, the head and the heart, is what we at SFFS call education for action. Our students graduate from Friends with a sense of their education as both a joyful and meaningful journey. Our students learn how to listen, see the inner light in others, take multiple perspectives, and identify a sense of personal responsibility for the world we live in.
As we celebrate the Pride Parade returning to San Francisco this summer, we wanted to re-share an essay by SFFS parent John Tighe P'24 on the beauty of marching with SFFS Friends. This essay was originally published on our site on May 26, 2017.
Each year, we learn that we will be saying goodbye to colleagues who are moving on or retiring from their positions at SFFS. As we encourage risk-taking, lifelong learning, and growth in both our students and ourselves, we celebrate our Friends as they continue their adventures and journeys outside of 250 Valencia, and we thank them for their contributions to our community. This year I reached out to colleagues for some insight about our departures. The quotes you will read below are from unnamed faculty members who have years and decades of collaborative experience with our departing colleagues. I hope their words help convey a fraction of the debt we owe them as instructional leaders and community members. We encourage you to help us honor and celebrate those who are departing, while also welcoming those who will soon be joining this special community of learners and Friends.
We are preparing for the 2022–2023 school year in earnest already, and we do so with optimism for a bright future at SFFS. The vibrating spirit of professional and personal growth and change is alive and well in our school culture, unabated, and there are several internal shifts, and a few moving on transitions, that we want to share with you now.
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.