The latest at FSMN

Friends School of Minnesota is a K-8 progressive education school grounded in Quaker values. FSMN was founded in 1988 and is located in the Midway neighborhood of Saint Paul, convenient to South Minneapolis. We are a diverse community with students from a broad range of religious and non-religious backgrounds, including ten percent from Quaker families.

Wonder, Connection, Stewardship, and Justice – Environmental Education at FSMN

We know that simply being outside is important. The act of being outside helps ground us, connect us to the natural world, and connect us to each other. Experiencing awe and wonder while we are outside exploring, playing, and learning is fundamental to our experience at FSMN. Quakers and Environmental Education (EE)Quakers believe we have a […] Read more


How Many Woodchips Should a 4th Grader Order if a 4th Grader Could Order Woodchips?

How do you make learning geometry skills, specifically calculating area, perimeter and volume fun and “real”? First you learn and practice those skills on paper and then your (amazing) teacher, Kak, tells you she has a project in mind–new woodchips for the playground. First, 4th grade math students used adding and multiplying skills to determine […] Read more

Quaker Education

What Google Learned About Success That We Have Always Known

FSMN students graduate with the essential qualities that create and support successful teams. These lifelong skills not only support success in today‚Äôs dynamic work environment, but also lead to more fulfillment in all areas of life. In 2012, Google launched a project to figure out what made effective teams so effective. The project was called Project […] Read more

Progressive Education, Quaker Education

A Study In Wondering – A Study of Snow

When we begin a study, we observe and listen to our students. What do they notice and what do they wonder about what they notice? What conclusions are they making?When Kindergarten decided to study snow, they started with a snow prediction. I wonder what will happen to snow that is put in a jar and […] Read more

Progressive Education

See for yourself

The best way to experience what FSMN has to offer your child is to join us for a tour.

Take a Tour


Stay in touch with FSMN!

Friends School of Minnesota Logo

Our Mission

Our mission is to prepare children to embrace life, learning, and community with hope, skill, understanding and creativity. We are committed to the Quaker values of peace, justice, simplicity and integrity.

Learn more


  1. SC

    08/17 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  2. Parents/Caregivers party

    08/19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. Back to School Picnic

    09/02 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  4. No School- Labor Day



Friends School of Minnesota
1365 Englewood Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104

Hours & Directions
Staff Directory

Friends School of Minnesota