Virginia Beach Friends School

Virginia Beach Friends School

Friends School Accredited Toddler through 8th Grade, Experiential Learning, Virginia Beach. Private VBFS is as much of an idea as it is a location.

Virginia Beach Friends School (VBFS) is a Quaker co-educational independent school serving students ranging from Toddler through Grade 8. Located just miles from the Chesapeake Bay yet situated in the heart of the bustling Hampton Roads metropolitan area, our school's unique location allows students to learn by doing. Whether harvesting oysters in local riverbeds for environmental science or creat

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Congratulations Cassie! Cassie has been such a vibrant community member during her time at Friends School! The memories made at Camp Silver Beach, singing karaoke, buddy time, and school events will last a lifetime. Cassie is off to spread her wings at Kellam High School! Continue to let your inner light shine in your new community and continue to rock it on the volleyball court! You make us proud!

🎓 “My time at Friends School has led me to manage and utilize my time in the best way possible. I learned how to speak up for myself when I needed help and that I should always ask questions when needed.” -Cassie


Congratulations Eve! Since kindergarten, you have been a force at Friends School. You have embodied the Quaker SPICES, you have led our community and been a role model, and you have grown so much! Your legacy at Friends School is solidified! Stay in touch as you embark on your next adventure across the “pond” in Austria!

🎓”I will visit VBFS as often as possible. I would love to come back for events and concerts and will try my best to attend alumni meet ups. VBFS benefitted me in every way possible. I’m confident and curious and the strong childhood foundation made me trust in school. Just this year, I have learned to live in the moment.” -Eve


Congratulations Cathy! Cathy we have watched you thrive in your short time at Friends School and we are so excited about your future in the IB Program at Princess Anne! Let your light shine bright in your new community and know that you will always have our support! Go make us even more proud!

🎓 “The trip to Camp Silver Beach was the most fun I’ve had in a long time. I made friends on that trip that I’ll never forget.” -Cathy


Congratulations Scarlett! Scarlett began her Friends School career as a kindergartener and graduated in the 8th grade class of 2024 last week. She is headed into the Law Academy at First Colonial High School!!! We are so proud of you and can’t wait to see all you accomplish in life. Spread your wings… but come back to see us!

🎓 “VBFS has included a lot of hands-on-learning which has bettered my educational experience. It has also taught me how to work in collaboration with others.” -Scarlett

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 01/06/2024

We had a big week in the garden! Many months ago our 3rd and 4th graders entered a nationwide cabbage growing contest and this week the students harvested the cabbages! Our largest cabbage weighed in at 22.5 lbs!!! These students have taken great pride in caring for their cabbage plants this year and we can’t wait to see how we measure up to the cabbages grown at other schools! We truly have one of the best school garden programs around!!! Oh yea, and the cabbage chips were good too!🙂

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 30/05/2024

Both 6th and 8th grade are finishing the year with an awesome dissection! Grade 6 presented a slide show on the different body systems in frogs and grade 8 studied anatomy, physiology, and diseases/disorders of each body system. Fun fact- the dark black area in the opened frog are female eggs!!!


Pre-K is spending their morning with Teacher Carley in music education! From rhythm to harmony, every note fosters creativity, teamwork, and cognitive development! Our community recognizes the importance of music education in school and the joy it brings to our students. 🎶 Music is our sunshine! ☀️

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 28/05/2024

Second graders presented their Quaker SPICES speeches today to our Middle School Quaker Studies class! They’ve worked on drafting their speeches over the last few weeks and got to practice their reading and public speaking skills in front of others! We are SO proud of the values based education being provided at Friends School and how each of these students embody the SPICES! The future is bright!

⭐️ ICYMI- The Quaker SPICES are Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship ⭐️

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 24/05/2024

Our students wrapped up a year of volunteering at Atlantis Apartments! We partnered with Lynnhaven River NOW to bring life to the gardens in the complex. We have worked hard to beautify the grounds and to teach residents about sustainability. Our work isn’t done yet! We plan to continue our stewardship and service over the summer with Friends School families. Thank you Teacher Kate and Teacher Stan for valuing this time spent giving back and for being passionate about this project! To be continued…

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 18/05/2024

Holi is a Hindu festival that celebrates spring, love, and new life! Some families hold religious ceremonies, but for many Holi is more a time for fun. It’s a colourful festival, with dancing, singing, and throwing of powder paint and coloured water. Holi is also known as the “festival of colours”.

💜THANK YOU to Teacher Marissa for continuing this tradition at Friends School and for always introducing our students to cultures and traditions beyond those they already know!💜 Welcome Spring!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 16/05/2024

A tale as old as time! Parachute Play at Friends School-1987 vs. 2024!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 15/05/2024

Second graders are working on their SPICES speeches! Each student added what each of the SPICES mean to them, and they have been assigned one of the testimonies and will give a speech to the class. The SPICES are baked into everything we do at Friends School, including our academic curriculum!


Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 14/05/2024

Early K and Kindergarten celebrated “Mothers & Others Day” with a tea party 🌸 The students were so happy to have their supporters invited into the classroom for a party! Thank you to our teachers for helping our students recognize all the love our “mothers and others” pour into them! We hope everyone enjoyed a fulfilling Mother’s Day on Sunday!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 09/05/2024

Today we hosted “Muffins for Moms” for our lower school families! Students have been working on portraits, artwork, and writing pieces in honor of their loving and caring Moms! This is one of our favorite days of the year at Friends School and we hope all of these incredible and deserving women have the absolute best Mother’s Day weekend 🌸

⭐️ We applaud you!


Check out Teacher Greg being featured on this podcast episode of Mindful School Marketing- “Teaching Happiness At Your School.” Teacher Greg has a deep rooted belief that happiness can indeed be taught, and he shares his enlightening insights in the podcast, offering a beacon of hope, inspiration, and well-being for educators and students alike! Thank you for the feature and for shedding light on the importance of mental health in education! 😊


Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 25/04/2024

We have a group of 8th grade students exploring New York City this week as their capstone trip for our Beyond the Classroom program! This trip has a focus on the arts and the students have already visited The Museum of Modern Art and seen & Juliet! A school trip to NYC must include a stop at the 9/11 Memorial as well! Check back for more on their adventure!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 24/04/2024

Learning through play! Our Cottage program starts at 2.5 years old and our curriculum embraces learning through play. Learning through play encourages communication, helps with language development, actively engages children, and fosters creativity! By changing out manipulatives and centers, students explore a wide range of PLAY!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 23/04/2024

We had an incredible day at Red Wing Golf Course for the Friends School tournament yesterday! We had a full course, amazing support from our sponsors, and were able to raise over $15k for our Annual Fund. Thank you to the golfers for pushing through a chilly day in April and for joining us for a successful event with our community! We are already looking forward to next year’s tourney! ⛳️

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The Friends School Yearbook is going to print soon! Last call for dedications and ads! Contact [email protected] if you have questions or concerns!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 17/04/2024

Our 5th graders are studying the anatomy of a flower!They dissected a flower and decided to look at the “eggs” of a plant under the microscope. Where there is enthusiasm, there is a way… the best part of hands-on-learning! They also completed the celery absorbing the food coloring lab to show how water moves up the stem. They learned that the xylem and phloem is responsible for transport and was able to see the structures under the microscope! 🔬 🌸 🔬


JOIN US after school on Friday as we celebrate Mother Earth in honor of Earth Day!!! This is always an awesome community event and we have some great stations set up under Garden Teacher Kate's direction!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 11/04/2024

Absolutely incredible! Our 6th and 7th graders got to meet with Congresswoman Jenn Kiggans on Capitol Hill! We can’t thank her enough for taking time out of her extremely busy day to make an impact on our students and their trip. What an honor!

💫 Also, we had a special meet and greet and tour with a Friends School alum that works as a policy advisor for the Majority Whip. THANK YOU!

Our students have had an unbelievable trip this week. Our experiential learning program plays such an important role in our mission!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 10/04/2024

We have a group of 6th and 7th graders on their experiential learning trip to Washington DC this week! They are exploring history and making wonderful memories with Friends. Through our Beyond the Classroom Program, we empower our students to become active participants in shaping their own education by turning textbooks into living lessons. Stay tuned for more updates on their adventures!


During the Month of the Military Child, "Purple Up Day" on April 15th recognizes some of the military's most unsung heroes - their children. On Monday the 15th we are asking everyone at Friends School to wear purple representing all branches of the military and showing unity with each other!!!


Join us next Friday, April 19th from 3pm-5pm for our community celebration in honor of Earth Day! Let's enjoy the beautiful day and participate in all the great stations we will have set up for activities! We hope you join us!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 04/04/2024

Finding the perfect balance between playtime giggles and classroom wiggles in Pre-K! 💥 Through play, children learn valuable skills such as cooperation, empathy, problem-solving, and conflict resolution! Our pre-k students have the best days at Friends School!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 28/03/2024

Did you know that 1/3 of children in the United States are victims of bullying? Today in SEL class, 7th and 8th graders presented their essays on forms of bullying. They’ve been deep diving into social, emotional, physical, and cyber bullying and today they even shared personal stories about their past experiences with bullying. As a Quaker school, bullying doesn’t jive here!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 27/03/2024

Our group of middle schoolers headed to First Landing State Park today for the educational outreach program, Exploring the Chesapeake Bay! We are so lucky to have North America’s largest estuary just 10 minutes from our campus. Students learned more about what makes the Chesapeake Bay such a unique and valuable resource and had an awesome watershed experience!

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 25/03/2024

Today our kindergartners and 1st graders had an off campus excursion to First Landing State Park! They got to experience the Animal Adaption educational program with a Park Ranger. They met Peekaboo the mud turtle, Rudee the diamondback terrapin, and Henry the corn snake. They learned all about animal skins and furs, and other unique animal characteristics that help them survive! It was a great day beyond the classroom!!! 🐢

Photos from Virginia Beach Friends School's post 21/03/2024

PRE-K PHOTO DUMP 💥 At Virginia Beach Friends School, we recognize the vital role a play-based learning environment plays in fostering creativity, critical thinking, and social-emotional development! From centers work, to science lab, our pre-k students get a TON of hands-on learning experience!

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Our Mission & Heart

Virginia Beach Friends School aims to educate the whole child, developing strong academic intellect and personal character, through recognition of each child’s individual light and living the Quaker testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship.

Above all else, VBFS is a community that values diversity and inclusivity, as our student body represents a wide variety of religious faiths, backgrounds and cultures. In keeping with the Quaker philosophy of honoring each individual, students representing different ethnic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds are challenged daily to respect and learn from one another.

A VBFS education allows students to make the most of their school experience. Regardless of their interests, our approachable size enables students to have meaningful experiences as they pursue passions in and out of the classroom. Whether it be taking an active role in service learning projects, grade level leadership roles, playing sports, participating in internships, conducting peer-to-peer mentoring, or completing meaningful capstone projects - VBFS students never fall through the cracks.

Virginia Beach Friends School (VBFS) is a Quaker co-educational independent school, serving students from 2.5 years of age through Grade 12. Small by design, Friends continues a 350-year tradition of educational principles committed to an inquiry-based curriculum and experiential learning in order to develop the whole child.

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Pre-K is spending their morning with Teacher Carley in music education! From rhythm to harmony, every note fosters creat...
A FRIENDSgiving update from our Head of School, Greg Angilly and our Asst. Head of School, Dr. John Bain!! Let’s keep th...
Dodgeball. It’s such a classic PE activity and it never goes out of style. Our middle school students enjoy the friendly...
Rolling into the new year and hoping 2022 is good to everyone! The students are happy to be back to school and are getti...
Virginia Beach Friends School Fall 2021 Virtual Open House with Head of School, Mike Barclay, and Assistant Head of Scho...
Gaga Ball! Dubbed a kinder gentler version of dodge ball, the game is played with a soft foam ball, and combines the ski...
Cooking with Friends!


Opening Hours

Monday 07:45 - 18:00
Tuesday 07:45 - 18:00
Wednesday 07:45 - 18:00
Thursday 07:45 - 18:00
Friday 07:45 - 18:00