Scattergood Friends School

Infobox Private School
name = Scattergood Friends School

motto = Scattergood Wherever You Go
established = 1890
type = Private Boarding
religion = Quaker
streetaddress = 1951 Delta Ave.
city = West Branch
state = Iowa
zipcode = 52358
country = USA
coordinates = coord|41.664|-91.309|region:US_type:edu|display=inline
enrollment = 60
faculty = 25
grades = 9-12
athletics = Soccer, Basketball, Fencing
colors = Blue and White
mascot = Crew
homepage =

Scattergood Friends School offers a unique educational opportunity to students in grades nine through twelve. It is in Cedar County, Iowa, two miles east and one half mile south of the town of West Branch. Founded in 1890 by Iowa Wilburite Quakers to provide a "guarded education" for their own children, it is owned and operated by Iowa Yearly Meeting of Friends (Conservative). In recent years about a third of students and staff have been Quakers, with the rest coming from many faiths.

Scattergood offers a college preparatory curriculum. It is accredited by the Iowa Department of Public Instruction and by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). In addition to academic achievement, the Scattergood program emphasizes community life, responsible world citizenship, and meaningful work shared by all.

Although there are a handful of day students each year, nearly all students stay in one of the 60 dormitory beds on campus. Likewise, most of the 25 faculty and staff live in on-campus apartments. Available housing limits the size of the school, resulting in small class sizes and a family atmosphere.

Teaching and learning at Scattergood take place in many settings beyond the classroom. The campus includes a pond/marsh, a prairie, and a farm with a variety of livestock and 3.5 acres of organic vegetable production.

Everyone at Scattergood participates in a work program, called the crew system. This includes everything from working on the farm to making breakfast for the school. There are no janitors at Scattergood; all cleaning on campus is done by students and staff. Work assignments rotate monthly.

Roughly a quarter of Scattergood students come from outside the United States. Former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada is a Scattergood graduate.

ome Classes Recently Offered at Scattergood

Math and Sciences
*Biology/ Advanced Biology
*Algebra 1 & 2

*History of the English Language
*Utopian Societies
*Messianic Archetypes in Film and Literature
*Art of Tibetan Religion and Culture

Foreign Languages


Physical Education
*Roller Hockey
*Bicycle Training
*Ultimate Frisbee

*Bow Making
*Stained Glass
*Elizabethan Rapier
*Electronic music
*Food Preservation
*Poultry Project
*Farm Project

7th Block TripsDuring 7th block all juniors and seniors leave campus for a month-long trip. The trips usually involve community service or physical challenge. The option to take a student-planned "independent trip" is also available. Past 7th-block trips have included:

*Bike Trip (from Natchez Mississippi back to Scattergood)
*Latin America Trip
*East Coast Trip
*Gulf Coast Trip

Recommended Reading

*Berquist, Robert, et al., "Scattergood Friends School, 1890-1990"

External links

* [ Scattergood Friends School]

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