We thank you for your interest in our school. Mary McDowell Friends School is a K–12 college preparatory school for students with learning disabilities. Information about students who are best served by our program can be found here. While many of our students start in our lower school, new students are welcomed at every level.

Why choose MMFS?

Our school provides a challenging academic curriculum in a respectful environment for students with learning disabilities. Our faculty and staff are at the top of their respective fields and bring rigorous training and genuine passion to their roles. Our Quaker values guide us to respect every individual’s voice and value each student’s unique skills and gifts.

Within the first weeks of attending MMFS, students know they are in a safe, accepting place where every adult is on their side, working to help them discover their strengths, address their difficulties, and cultivate their passions. During their time here, students grow into confident learners and move on with a powerful combination of knowledge, strong self-esteem, and advocacy skills. Our upper school integrates a robust college preparatory program and college advising to prepare students for their next steps.

We believe that all students with learning disabilities can learn when given the attention and specialized resources they need.
(See our Definition of Learning Disability)

We encourage you to explore our website to get a sense of our vibrant, supportive, and challenging program. We also encourage you to
watch the videos to see our community in action and to read more about
our focus on “Revealing Brilliance.”

We look forward to meeting you and seeing if we are the right fit for your family.


Tiffany Huggins
Director of Admissions 
(Upper and Middle Schools)

Pam Cotto
Associate Director of Admissions
(Lower School)

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