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about us

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!

Our teachers, coaches, and advisors design and facilitate hands-on and minds-on student experiences in math, science, and sports, in the arts, humanities, and Spanish, and in reflection and service.

Our Academic Philosophy is clear: We make use of the best of Quaker educational traditions, as well as current research in psychology and neuroscience, to create a program that is academically rigorous, intellectually engaging, purposeful, and affirming of the spirit of each child. Along the way we seize every opportunity to learn in and from the San Francisco and Bay Area community of which we are part—­­­and we embrace our responsibility to contribute.

So, welcome to San Francisco Friends School. I hope you'll explore our website and then visit our campus to learn more about Quaker education as well as Education for Action in action.

Thinking SFFS,

Mike Hanas
Head of School

click here to read a personal statement from mike hanas.

Our Mission

At San Francisco Friends School, students learn in a community grounded in the Quaker values of reflection, integrity, peaceful problem-solving and stewardship. 

Our teachers challenge students with a dynamic curriculum that inspires curiosity, cooperation and hard work. We teach children to listen to all voices and to trust their own. 

We engage with the world around us with kindness and conviction, working toward the Quaker ideal of a caring and just society.

number of homemade loaves of bread baked and delivered by our 7th-graders to glide memorial church's daily free meals program last fall (this program is ongoing):


average dollar amount raised by 3rd-graders annually for the international rescue committee: