ABOUT FRIENDSHIP DAY SCHOOL
Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts had its inception through the visionary leadership of Dr. Clifford Jones, Sr. and Mrs. C. Brenda Jones, senior pastor and first lady, respectively, of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Charlotte, NC. These two tireless advocates for youth development and educational advancement had long envisioned a school that embraced innovation, rigor and character development within the framework of evidence-based educational research. Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts is an appropriate complement to Friendship Missionary Baptist Church’s acclaimed summer Y.O.U. Program that for over 15 years has engaged youth in an eight-week summer academic and enrichment program. Approximately 400 youth enroll in this summer program each year. Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts also is an appropriate adjunct to the five-star Marizetta Kerry Child Development Center located on the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church campus on Beatties Ford Road.
Many years in the planning, Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts has benefited from the conceptual input of several dozen educators and community leaders who have invested countless hours in research and discourse about educational philosophy. Relevant studies from the most recent brain and learning research have informed Friendship Day School’s curricula. The result is a school that will offer a rigorous academic program that allows scholars to engage, explore, and evaluate the world through the lens of the sciences and the arts in a private school setting open to youth of all faiths and ethnicities. Friendship Day School for the Sciences and the Arts also offers an innovative and integrated arts program. Scholars learn self-direction and character building through attention to mindfulness and guided meditation. The School seeks to provide rigorous curricula that prepare scholars for the competitive environments of college-bound students living in a global society.