Westfield Friends School develops students to their fullest potential by focusing on active learning grounded in Quaker values. Westfield provides a nurturing environment for students to be creative and independent thinkers. Our emphasis on hands-on learning brings academics to life for children and facilitates the joy of discovery that we feel marks a life-long learner.
From Preschool through 8th grade, our students grow in knowledge and are filled with the best qualities of mind and spirit: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship. Within our community of learners, our faculty strives to bring out each student's individuality, working to develop creative thinkers, problem solvers, peacemakers, and humanitarians who will contribute compassionate, responsive, and responsible leadership throughout their lives.
Westfield nurtures self-confidence. Within Quakerism, we believe that Truth may come from any member of the community; the speech of the youngest child is given the same respect as the speech of an adult. Students mature into attentive listeners to those they are with, reflective thinkers, and accomplished communicators ready to speak their truth.
Our "Buddy" system, pairing younger students with the older students, is a successful model for forging meaningful bonds and fostering an inclusive, supportive atmosphere throughout the school. The special relationships formed here aren't limited to the students; parents are a part of our daily lives as they volunteer alongside faculty in our classrooms, lunchroom, fundraising and social events, Parent Council, and guest speaking opportunities.
Each week our community gathers for Meeting for Worship. Our form of worship is simple to learn, welcoming to all in our religiously diverse community, and deepens for individuals and the community as we practice together over the course of the year. Believing that each person has within themselves the capacity to listen deeply and to discern what is relevant and true, students, faculty, and parents gather to worship in expectant silence, listening for the Spirit within each of us. All are welcome to speak from their hearts, if so moved. Meeting for Worship makes explicit the connection between the inward and outward life that is unique to Quaker education; because we have listened, reflected, and thought deeply our actions are grounded and impactful. The nature of meeting for worship, with its focus on the strength of the gathered community, gives children and adults a powerful tool for spiritual growth.