Quaker testimonies and the Greenwood Friends School philosophy:
Quaker testimonies are general statements about Friends’ practices and beliefs. Our school’s mission statement refers to several testimonies—integrity, equality, community, simplicity, and peace—which are reflected in our goal of providing a challenging and supportive environment.
You can learn more about Quaker education from the Friends Council on Education.
Quakers explain that Greenwood is “under the care of” of Millville Friends Meeting and the Upper Susquehanna Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends. Our “care relationship” is evidenced in the structure of our school (our bylaws state that more than half of our Board of Directors must be Quaker representatives), in the regular patterns of our activities (periodically the entire school gathers at the Millville Meetinghouse for Meeting for Worship), and in the commitment of both Meetings to support the school’s educational mission with their corporate resources.
Quaker education represents a unique combination of academic excellence and spiritual depth.
Children are expected to grow and change in an environment that nurtures their spirits and challenges them to develop inner resources for discipline and achievement.
The Quaker belief in the “Inner Light” leads to faith in the ability of every member of the school community to reach his or her full potential.