Mary McDowell Friends School is a K-12 college preparatory program dedicated to the success of students with learning disabilities. Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, integrity, and social responsibility, we cultivate a diverse community in which each student can reach her/his/their full potential. Our specialized teaching methodologies and challenging curricula empower students to become academic achievers, creative thinkers, and contributing members of a global society.


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Learning: Students with learning disabilities can learn and thrive within a supportive environment coupled with a challenging curriculum, preparing students for college and life.

Quaker Values:  MMFS is guided by the Quaker testimonies of service, peace, integrity, community, equality and simplicity.

Diversity:  MMFS strives to be an inclusive, diverse community of educators, staff, students and families.

Excellence:  MMFS pursues excellence at every level.



Guiding Principles

  • Students with learning disabilities are intelligent.
  • Learning disabilities are one aspect of a person, not the defining characteristic.
  • Special education is quality education.
  • Learning goes beyond mastery of content and skills; it includes creative thinking, questioning, discovery and further research to formulate well thought out opinions and perspectives on the world.
  • MMFS is at the forefront of LD education.
  • MMFS faculty and staff are experts in their fields.
  • MMFS offers a comprehensive educational program that includes academics, arts, athletics, travel, and social responsibility.
  • MMFS’s curriculum is based on well researched and proven methodologies.
  • MMFS’s differentiated approaches to learning address each student’s learning style, strengths and struggles.
  • MMFS teaches students to understand their learning needs so that they can advocate for themselves.
  • MMFS students who are ready for mainstream schools will be transitioned to mainstream schools.
  • The MMFS community embraces each individual while fostering cooperation and collaboration amongst students, families, staff, and educators.
  • The Quaker testimonies provide an essential foundation for all MMFS does.