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Creating life changing opportunities through a world class education

Friendship Education Foundation

A Non-Profit Charter Management Organization

Our Mission

The mission of Friendship Education Foundation (“FEF” or “the Foundation”) is to create in underserved communities throughout the nation a world-class education that motivates students to achieve high academic standards, enjoy learning, and develop as ethical, literate, well-rounded and self-sufficient citizens who contribute actively to their communities.

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Our Goal

The Foundation plans to seek additional opportunities to fulfill its mission to bring a world-class education to underserved communities throughout the U.S. The Foundation has been invited by dozens of states, school districts, foundations, and charter school authorizers to serve local non-profit charter school applicants. The Foundation will be selective about its expansion and only operate in situations where it can assure a meaningful positive impact on traditionally underserved students and communities.

Friendship Education Foundation uses the natural curiosity of children to teach Math, Reading, and Critical Thinking Skills.

Foundation schools are built on a powerful design model

A Gifted Teaching Staff

A Culture of Achievement

Leaders Focused on Results

Schools Structured for Success

Donald L. Hense

Donal L. Hense - Founder of Friendship Public Charter School

Founder of Friendship Public Charter School. Donald serves as chairman of the Center for Youth and Family Investment, which provides extended learning programs to more than 2,000 children daily. He also co-founded the Bridges to Friendship Initiative, which spurred the Navy Yard revitalization and was recognized by Vice President Al Gore as a model community initiative.

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