A Bright Future

Our basic mission is to ensure each child has the strongest possible first school experience, nourishing and encouraging the innate love of learning that lies within us all. But we also prepare our students to possess the skills, knowledge, experience, community mindedness, and confidence they will need to thrive in any educational setting—and in every other setting they will encounter as they move throughout their lives.

We have paid close attention to what our students do when they leave FMS, and are proud to report that their educational careers have been exemplary.

We love to stay in contact with our graduates, and especially when they return as parents of new students. 

FMS alumna have been valedictorian of Kent County High School most recently in 2017, 2019, and 2020.  Another alumna was a 2020 valedictorian in Queen Anne’s County while another held the position at The Gunston School in 2018. 

Alumni have been attending some of the nation’s finest colleges, including: Cornell, MIT, Penn State, Columbia, Franklin and Marshall, UCLA, Vassar, and the Berklee College of Music.

Equally important to us are the earliest outcomes of this experience—the light in the eyes of our youngest students as they come to understand that school is a wonderful place for gathering with good friends and that learning is not an obligation, but a central joy of living.

Our enduring mission is to preserve that light, that it might shine on always.

Anecdotally, our alumni report that their early years at FMS established certain expectations about what an education should be—expectations that informed their performance and experience in elementary, middle, and high school—and even beyond. Our alumni are leaders and role models among their peers. They are collaborators. They are problem solvers. They are expansive thinkers.

I love everyone. I like work.  I like to learn new things because that shows I am getting bigger like my brother Sebby.

I like to do building work, that’s one of my favorites.  I like making my own picture and cutting out things.  I like Circle Time because I get to do music.  I love when my Love Light shines.

My favoritest thing is playing outside on the playground with my friends.

FMS gave all four of my kids an incredibly positive first school experience. They learned to read, solve problems, explore their world, and to value themselves and others.

FMS graduates recognize the value of focus, the power of independent inquiry, and the joys of community. They are willing and able to work hard. They thrive.