Welcome from the School Director

“At RFS our students will leave our grounds inquirers, risk-takers, good communicators and principled, reflective and knowledgeable individuals.”
—Joyce Ajlouny, Director, RFS

Dear Friends,


The Ramallah Friends School will celebrate its 150th birthday in 2019! How remarkable it is to see the first classrooms for girls established in the area (1869) transform and grow into a most distinguished educational institution in Palestine, undergirded by Quaker ethos and serving nearly 1400 girls and boys on two beautiful campuses today.

Despite the region’s tumultuous history, RFS has continued to thrive, lead and profoundly transform the lives of its students.  This would not have been possible if it were not for the dedication,
wisdom and steadfastness of the staff, the leadership, the students,
the alumni and their families who persisted and believed in
our mission and vision.

There is much to celebrate at RFS! 
Our school is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, offering the
IB Diploma, the Middle Years Program (MYP) and is a candidate school for
the Primary Years Program (PYP) – authorization expected in 2018.
Our programs ensure that our teaching and learning methods are inter- and intra-
disciplinary, are inquiry and action-based, are innovative and technology
driven and encourage the development of students who will carry with them
all attributes of the IB Learner Profile.  Additionally, RFS is the first and only
fully inclusive education school in Palestine offering over 60 students with
special needs an opportunity to spend their formative years among
their typical peers. RFS graduates matriculate to the most distinguished
universities worldwide, including the Ivy Leagues.

RFS is not an ordinary school; its students and teachers live under the duress of military occupation. We therefore see our role as one that continuously builds hope and restores dignity to a community that continues to endure the impact of an unrelenting injustice.  At RFS, our aim is not only to educate, but to provide students with a safe and supportive community – a home away from home.    We believe that each member of our community deserves equal recognition and that each should be encouraged to think critically and independently and proceed on their journey of self-discovery, continuously seeking the “light within”.   Our Quaker traditions coupled with the IB philosophy make RFS an ideal place for parents who are seeking a truly transformative experience for their children.  At RFS our students will leave our grounds inquirers, risk-takers, good communicators and principled, reflective and knowledgeable individuals.

Whether you are a school friend, supporter, student, parent or alumni, I hope you will find our website informative but more so, I hope that it will encourage you to stay engaged with us.  Tell us what you think, drop us an email message, follow us on Facebook or just drop in and see us.


Joyce Ajlouny