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Spring Arts Collaborative for Middle and Upper School

Celebrate the Arts on May 3rd with NGFS students showcasing their talents!!



Our Statement of Support for All Individuals

 In response to the passage of HB #2 during the special legislative session, we share the following statement of inclusion.  This reflects our Quaker values and support for and acceptance of all individuals within our immediate community and beyond.

New Garden Friends School will continue to be a school that embraces diversity in all of its dimensions while emphasizing "that of God" within each individual. Our Quaker values including community, justice, diversity and equality remain at the core of our mission and educational experience.   We are committed to providing an inclusive Quaker community for all while honoring and supporting each individual regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 


Osi Smart signs National Letter of Intent

Osinachi Smart, Class of 2016 at New Garden Friends School, signed a National Letter of Intent to play at the College of Charleston next year. Osi, an international student from Nigeria, lives with NGFS parents, Cinda and Nick Purrington, at their home in Liberty.


Upper School Service Trip to Cuba

Welcome home to our Upper School students who spent 10 days in Cuba. Our group had many opportunities for Spanish language practice, several fun excursions, and meaningful work on two service projects. We visited four Quaker churches in the cities of Holguín, Gibara, Velasco, and Puerto Padre; and students had the chance to travel and interact with Cubans from ages 4 to 80.

From Robb Jolly, Spanish Teacher and Leader of the Spring Break Service Trip

Our group returned last week from a great trip to Cuba, which included many opportunities for Spanish language practice, several fun excursions, and meaningful work on two service projects. We visited four Quaker churches in the citiesOur group returned last week from a great trip to Cuba, which included many opportunities for Spanish language practice, several fun excursions, and meaningful work on two service projects. We visited four Quaker churches in the cities of Holguín, Gibara, Velasco, and Puerto Padre; and students had the chance to travel and interact with Cubans from ages 4 to 80. We were also able to donate a violin, a guitar, many pieces of "BearWear" and around 100 pairs of ballet shoes, thanks to the generosity of many members of our school community and beyond. Students enjoyed eating fresh guava, papaya and pineapple; roast chicken and pork; bananas prepared five different ways; and--of course--many variations of rice and beans. Our Cuban friends were even more eager to talk to us about current events this time, given the headlines about our presidential election, Obama's visit this week and recent changes in policy between our two countries. Here's hoping that both Americans and Cubans can soon travel freely back and forth, and thanks to everyone who helped to make this trip happen!


Seniors Receive Over $1.2 million in Merit Scholarships

10 members of our current senior class have been awarded over 1.2 million in merit scholarship opportunities this year so far.

The scholarship offerings include 5 of our students who have also been invited to compete for additional scholarship opportunities either through a presidential or honor scholarship invitation or an invitation to audition for a performing arts scholarship.

Awards range from $9,000 to $63,000 per individual per year with some students receiving multiple offers. The scholarships offered to date are all renewable over the 4 years of the students’ college experience.

This is an amazing accomplishment for our class of 20 students so far this year and we have much to look forward to as more announcements are made in the spring.





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." 

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


Check out this video from the visit and celebration 


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


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


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



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. 



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.