John Woolman School

Sunday, April 14-Saturday, April 20, 2019

There is nothing like returning to a place
that remains unchanged to find the ways
in which you yourself have altered.
—Nelson Mandela


We are really looking forward to seeing everyone! If you are unable to attend the 2019 Woolman Alumni Work Camp but are in a position to make a donation to the Woolman Alumni Campaign please know that it will help the work in every way.  [CLICK HERE TO DONATE!]

Please see more at Alumni Work Camp.

Register here.  

Upon arrival, please check in at the STONE HOUSE to finalize payments and paperwork, receive orientation, and announcements. If you are staying the full week, please plan to arrive on campus after 3 PM SATURDAY. Dinner will be served at 7:00 PM the first night in the STONE HOUSE. We will gather at 6:30 PM to welcome one another back to Woolman before the evening meal. If you are staying a shorter period, check in at the Office upon arrival & departure.


Sixty years ago, a group of Quaker and like-minded families came together with the dream of creating a Quaker/Friends residential high school on the West Coast. Josephine Duvenek, social activist and founder of the Hidden Villa farm and wilderness preserve in Los Altos Hills California, identified the following ideals for the school:

  1. A spiritual emphasis running through and undergirding all phases of study, work and living.
  2. The experience of brotherhood in day-to-day relationships with all races, with different economic levels, differently endowed individuals, and the acceptance of the disciplines involved.
  3. The training for rigorous and sustained intellectual or creative work.

In 1958, College Park Quarterly Meeting took the fledgling College Park Friends Educational Association (CPFEA) under its care. Five years later, in September 1963, John Woolman School opened with Del Reynolds as Head of School.

The school continued for 38 years until it was suspended in 2001.