RFS At A Glance

The Ramallah Friends School (RFS) is a Pre-Kindergarten through 12, co-educational Quaker school with two beautiful campuses in the neighboring towns of Ramallah and El-Bireh. RFS offers all students a wide range of academic and extracurricular activities that encourage students to become global thinkers and lifelong learners.

Campus and Location

RFS has two campuses in the neighboring Palestinian towns of Ramallah and El-Bireh. The Lower School is located in Ramallah and the Upper School in El-Bireh. They are about one mile apart and 20 kilometers from Jerusalem. Both Ramallah and El-Bireh are located in the occupied Palestinian West Bank.

The Upper School is comprised of six buildings, including a brand new middle school, high tech science laboratories, an educational garden, 250-seat auditorium, a turf football field and track, and indoor basketball court and gymnasium. The Lower School serves its students in four buildings, with a recently constructed state-of-the-art Kindergarten building, outdoor turf field, gymnasium and recently renovated library.


RFS prides itself on its rigorous and world-class curricula. RFS is the only school in Palestine considered as an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School for it offers the Diploma Program for 11th and 12th grade students, the Middle Years Program for grades 6 through 10, and is currently a candidate school for the Primary Years Program (PYP) for ages 3 to 12 years old. From Kindergarten through 12th grade, students learn to think critically with global mindsets. RFS uses the Quaker principles as a guide in educating its students and the next generation of Palestinian leaders.


Quaker Friends work in Ramallah began in 1869 with a number of small schools for girls in the surrounding villages. In 1889 the Friends Girls School opened as “The Girls Training Home of Ramallah”. The Lower School was founded in 1895 as the Friends Girls School. The Upper School was founded in 1901 as the Friends Boys School.


A local Board of Trustees in partnership with Friends United Meeting (FUM) of Richmond, Indiana, USA, governs RFS. The FUM appoints the Head of School and senior board members.

Faculty and Staff Profile

We currently employ over 165 highly-qualified faculty and staff members, mostly from the local community along with a number of international teachers. Along with our school principals, a number of Department Heads are responsible for the development of the curricula and encouraging teachers to use innovative teaching methods. Training programs are an essential part of the professional development of all teachers; IB, MYP, and PYP teachers are required to attend official IBO training conferences. The student to teacher ratio is 1:12.

Students Enrolled 2017/2018

Upper School: 702 Lower School: 691 Total: 1393

 52% Boys; 48% Girls

College Matriculation

93 percent of RFS graduates enter four-year colleges and universities.

Tuition & Registration Fees (average)

LKG - Grade 5: ~ $2,900*

Grade 6 - Grade 10: ~ $3,600*

Grade 11 - Grade 12: ~$4,300**

*Final payment may change due to PYP, MYP and DP fees at various rates.
** IB tests and other DP related fees not included.

Financial Aid

Approximately, 17 percent of our students, 227 students, received some financial aid totally around $328,000. Our aim is to increase financial support to reach at least 25 percent of the student body in the coming years.


Since the first graduating class, RFS has graduated approximately 4,200 students who now live and work all over the world.

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