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NGFS Partners with Chinese Middle School

Arriving tomorrow (Saturday, Jan 23), 36 middle-school students and 6 teachers visit Duke University, Smith Middle School in Chapel Hill and New Garden Friends School in Greensboro during a week of cultural and educational exchange. The school group is from No. 9 Middle School in Zhuhai, China. 

The students from No. 9 were invited by New Garden Friends School (NGFS) in Greensboro for a cultural exchange. Lore W. Fariss, Director of Advancement at NGFS, explains that the school is developing a long-range plan to significantly expand global initiatives and international programs. This "sister school" exchange is part of that strategy.

Lore W. Fariss Quote: "As a Friends School community, we embrace diversity in all of its dimensions and are excited to welcome our new Friends from China. We hope that our partnership is just the beginning of a long relationship with Zhuhai No. 9." 

The Chinese school also has ties to the area through Duke University’s DukeEngage program, which places 425 undergraduate volunteers in communities around the world each summer. The DukeEngage program in Zhuhai, China, led by Duke University Prof. Hsiao-Mei Ku, has taught English and arts electives to students at No. 9 Middle School since 2010.

When they learned about the school exchange in neighboring Greensboro, the Duke students who were part of DukeEngage in Zhuhai last summer helped to organize a weekend visit for the No. 9 students and teachers on campus in Durham. Nearly 40 DukeEngage alumni and participants will join with Prof. Hsiao-Mei Ku to welcome the students and teachers to campus. Duke student Sagar Patel, who participated in DukeEngage last summer, is helping to spearhead the activities at Duke this weekend. 

Sagar Patel Quote: "Last summer I embarked on one of my greatest college experiences to Zhuhai, China. I absolutely loved Zhuhai, No. 9 Middle School, the Chinese teachers, my host family, and my students. I wanted to help organize this visit because I wanted to provide my friends and students with an enriching experience in America similar to the experience they offered me in Zhuhai." 

For up-to-date times & locations and media permissions, please contact: 

 - New Garden Friends School in Greensboro, contact Lore W. Fariss, Director of Advacement at NGFS, loref@ngfs.org(336) 346-3176

​12:00 on Friday, Janaury 30th - NGFS students, host families and visiting guests will gather for lunch and a celebration and, signing of the sister school agreement with Zhuhai #9. ​

This Youtube video about DukeEngage-Zhuhai showcases Middle School No. 9:



Learn more about NGFS - Walk in Wednesdays

Want to learn more about an NGFS education?

Join us for our Walk in Wednesdays

Weekly from 9-11 am

at each of our Campus locations

contact: admissions@ngfs.org for more information


"Leap for NGFS" Auction and Gala

Save the date for our "Leap for NGFS" Auction and Gala on February 27th, 2016


You can help.... Sponsor a table Donate an Item Attend the event Volunteer We need everyone to participate. Let's all get up and "leap for NGFS" this year. Click here for more information. Click here to sponsor or donate.


Purchase your tickets now. 


Social Skills Critical

NYTimes reports the need for both critical thinking AND social skills in tomorrow's workers.  NGFS families know that we've been teaching that way for over 40 years. Check out this NYTimes piece by Claire Cain Miller. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/18/upshot/how-the-modern-workplace-has-become-more-like-preschool.html?ref=topics&_r=1


Wednesdays with Steve

Join us for upcoming opportunities to visit with our new

Head of School, Steve Blanchard

Wednesday, November 18th - 8:30 am - Guilford Campus

Wednesday, December 9th - 8:00 am - Page-Frederiksen Campus

Drop by for a visit that suits your schedule
Coffee and light breakfast served

Hands On History

NGFS Upper School History students along with History teacher, Peter Kalajian joined hundreds of citizens who marched to the State Capitol in Raleigh as part of "America's Journey for Justice" in support of voting rights.  Students were selected in a random draw from a large pool of interested students to participate in the March. Participating students were Virginia Ignelzi, Molly McGill Carter and Ethan Digby-New.

The students had the opportunity to visit with NAACP national president Cornell Brooks who participated in the rally on September 3.

Learn more about "America's Journey for Justice" and check out our students on camera being interviewed. 

Upper School Students, Molly McGill Carter, Virginia Ignelzi and Ethan Digby-New along with Peter Kalajian with Cornell Brooks, President of the NAACP



Board of Trustees Appoints Stephen Blanchard, Head of School

April 6, 2015

GREENSBORO, NC — New Garden Friends School’s Clerk of the Board of Trustees, Pierce Egerton, announced today to students, faculty and staff, that Stephen Blanchard has been named the new head of New Garden Friends School, effective July 1, 2015.  

On Blanchard’s appointment, Egerton stated, “Steve has worked for over 41 years in independent education, many as head of school, with experience in strategic planning, marketing, enrollment growth, fundraising and international partnerships.  Steve’s positive energy and motivational and interpersonal skills make him the ideal person to lead New Garden Friends School.”

“I am excited about joining a great school community that values each student and emphasizes academics, character development, diversity and service,” remarked Blanchard.

Blanchard has previously served as head of school at Augusta Prep, Porter-Gaud in Charleston and St. Andrews in Jackson, Mississippi, and most recently as the interim head of school for The Khabele School in Austin, Texas.  He has held senior positions in advancement and admissions at numerous other institutions, including Wasatch Academy in Utah and Greenhill School in Dallas.  Blanchard began his career as a history teacher at the Greenhill School before moving into educational administration.  Blanchard graduated from Oklahoma City University and earned his M.Ed. in Secondary Education from North Texas State. He has been active with the National Association of Independent Schools and the Rotary throughout his career.

Serving more than 280 students, New Garden Friends School is the Triad’s only preschool through 12th grade Quaker school.  Bruce Stewart, co-founder of New Garden Friends School and former head of Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. made the following comments on Blanchard’s appointment: “We are delighted to appoint a Head of School with such deep professional experience, and who has received such positive response from students, parents, faculty and all other members of our community.  I think it is safe to say that New Garden Friends School has never been in a more promising position. Clearly, a great future lies ahead!”

Greensboro’s history is rich with Quaker influences, and for more than 300 years, Quakers have embraced education as a means to gain knowledge, develop wisdom and create positive change in the world through the Quaker Testimonies (Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality and Stewardship).  The innovative curriculum at New Garden Friends School is enriched by the inclusion of the Quaker beliefs in character development, diversity and community service.  





Welcome, Anastasia Zink. Head of Upper School

We are pleased to welcome Anastasia Zink to our school family on July 1 as Head of Upper School. Anastasia joins us from  the Westtown School in Pennsylvania, a well known and highly respected Pre-K - 12th grade Friends School. Anastasia has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Theater from Lehigh University and she has been for many years the chair of the Performing Arts Department at Westtown as well as the Assistant Dean of Students and the Dean of Girls’ Residential Life. She recently completed her Masters degree in Organizational Leadership  in May. Anastasia has worn additional hats at Westtown including the roles of registrar, dorm head, peer evaluator and teacher, She has also served on and clerked a number of faculty committees.

            Anastasia will bring a strong foundation with her to support our Upper School growth and continued program enhancements. In her educational philosophy, she emphasizes the importance of teaching students self-advocacy while allowing them to take risks in a safe, supportive environment. She shares that “it is of the utmost importance to me that students feel seen and heard.”  She also describes herself as a team builder and creative thinker who works diligently to engage others in creating and finding solutions.

           Anastasia  and her husband, Mitch are thrilled to be joining the NGFS family and have recently moved into their new home in Greensboro. We look forward to many opportunities to introduce you to Anastasia and Mitch this summer 


Summer Camp Time

From CSI to Dragons and Dungeons to Pirates and more .... 

We have a program for every age from 3 years old through 8th grade. 

Summer Camp Registration is now available. Visit our webpage to learn more about the awesome themes for our summer weeks this year.

You won't want to miss out so register early to avoid disappointment. 



Celebrating Annual Fund Success!

We are grateful to each and every donor who gave generously to support our Annual Fund this year. Thanks to you we surpassed our goal of $150,000 with every dollar making a difference every day for our students! Your commitment to our mission and Quaker education means so much! 


Upper School Merit Scholarships

Merit Scholarship Program for High School Students

Extraordinary Character ♦ Academic Excellence ♦ Demonstrated Leadership

New Garden Friends School is pleased to announce that applications are available for the  High School Merit Scholarship program for the 2015/2016  academic year.  The program reflects our values as a Friends educational community and will be awarded to students who demonstrate extraordinary character, academic excellence, and leadership.

The scholarships are open to rising Upper School students. Four high school awards will be given out each academic year. Two awards will be given to rising NGFS 9th grade students and two awards will be given to students new to NGFS with preference to rising 9th grade applicants.

Scholarship awards are 75% of tuition and are given in addition to need-based aid. (Total awards may not exceed 100% of yearly tuition.)

The scholarship application deadline is February 16, 2015  for students applying to New Garden Friends School for Upper School. Scholarships will be announced on March 2. Application and recommendation forms can be downloaded from the website, or obtained by calling 299-0964.


Guilford College and NGFS Form Cooperative Partnership

Guilford College, New Garden Friends School Collaboration to Benefit Families at Both Institutions

New Garden Friends School High School students will have an option of enrolling in courses at Guilford College, and the children of Guilford employees will receive a tuition discount at NGFS, under a new agreement between the two institutions. 

NGFS, an independent school offering preschool through 12th grade, is guided by Quaker faith and practice. Guilford was founded by Quakers.

“This collaboration makes great sense for both of us,” said Guilford President Kent Chabotar.“Both schools are committed to the value and strength of Quaker education, and we are pooling resources to benefit our students. The diversity of both institutions will provide a wonderfulopportunity for added dialogue and understanding in addition to promoting opportunities for Quaker education among our own faculty and staff.”

NGFS Head of School Ari Betof noted, “The roots of our school started with the inspiration of Bruce Stewart and Jim Newlin while they were at Guilford College. Through the years, Guilford College and NGFS have looked for opportunities to collaborate in ways that benefit both of our communities. This new agreement continues to build upon the strength of that partnership.”

NGFS juniors and seniors who qualify will be able to take courses at Guilford for college credit under a plan coordinated by the Office of the Academic Dean at Guilford. These classes will provide advanced subject matter and greater curricular depth while allowing students to receive dual credit. In addition to New Garden’s own rigorous curriculum, Guilford courses will help prepare NGFS students to succeed in a vibrant college learning environment. 

There is also a joint commitment to encourage more NGFS graduates to enroll at Guilford, and to encourage more Guilford faculty and staff to explore the options for their children at New Garden. 

The College already enrolls public high school students through The Early College at Guilford, which was established in 2002. In 2012, Guilford entered into an agreement with American Hebrew Academy that allows Hebrew Academy students to take courses at Guilford, and allows Guilford student-athletes to use the Hebrew Academy’s first-rate track and swimming facilities. New Garden students have taken courses at Guilford in recent years, but the new agreement will solidify this partnership. 

Guilford faculty and staff will have the opportunity to apply for their students’ enrollment at New Garden at a reduced tuition rate. Guilford employees have often chosen NGFS as the best fit for their students. The new tuition structure will make New Garden even more attractive.

“Our hope is that this agreement makes an NGFS education even more accessible to Guilford College families,” said Betof, a Guilford alumnus. “As a Friends school with such close ties to Guilford, we want to ensure that an NGFS education is a viable opportunity for the children of all Guilford employees.”


NGFS names Merit Scholars

Merit Scholarship Recipients Announced

New Garden Friends School is pleased to announce that Lauren Atwell and Lauren Drafz have been named New Garden Friends School Merit Scholars .We congratulate these accomplished students who will be joining our community next year.  Each winner demonstrated outstanding scholastic achievement, character and leadership. The scholarship provides for 75% of the full tuition costs for four years of our Upper School provided the recipient remains in good standing.

The recipients were chosen from an outstanding group of applicants.  A selection committee reviewed each application, and criteria for the award included extraordinary character, academic excellence, and leadership. These characteristics represent the heart of the New Garden Friends School educational community. A profile of the recipients is included below:

Lauren Atwell

Lauren, a rising 9th grader, is currently a student at Northern Guilford Middle School where she participates in band, soccer and track. An avid soccer player she is also a member of the GUSA Classic team. She is also a certified scuba diver and has participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for the past four years.  

Lauren is characterized by her teachers as an outstanding student with a strong work ethic and exceptional leadership qualities.

Lauren Drafz

Lauren and her family will be moving to Greensboro from Richardson, Texas this summer. She is a rising 11th grader. Lauren is an avid dancer and enjoys playing her saxophone as first chair in her school’s wind ensemble group. She has been involved in numerous community activities, including the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure and the Turkey Trot to fight hunger.  Lauren is described as a student with an amazing work ethic with a quiet yet dependable leadership style.

We are thrilled to have these two students joining the NGFS community next year and look forward to the many contributions they are certain to make both in and out of the classroom.



Ikenna Smart to Play at Buffalo

IKENNA SMART signs letter of intent with SUNY at Buffalo

Ikenna Smart, class of 2014, has signed a letter of intent to play with coach Bobby Hurley at Buffalo next year. 

Ikenna, who immigrated from Nigeria, has become the first New Garden Friends basketball player to average a double-double;not only for this season, but for his entire two-year career with the Bears. Ikenna currently ranks #7 in the state in total rebounds and #8 in the state in rebounds per game.

Ikenna and his younger brother, Osi, live with Cinda and Nick Purrington of Liberty. 

Ikenna works hard on and off the basketball court, not only to tackle his academic work, but also in the visual and performing arts arenas as well as school service and community events. He is a true athlete, leader, and friend.