Encompass Community For Independent Learning

Independently Learning… Together…


[See required forms at the bottom of this page]

Our Mission:

The goal of the Encompass Community is to provide experiential offerings and FREE/affordable resources to support homeschool families and life-long learners of all ages. We aim to build a hub of information centered upon curiosity, generated by and for Independent Learners.

Why Here? Why Now?

The Encompass Community at FA is housed under the existing Center For Education Innovation. With its overlap of progressive ideals and philosophical values, our program serves as a bridge between the Homeschool Community and the community at large on the South Coast….

FA and Homeschool families believe in alternative avenues of education:

FA is an accredited member of both The National Association of Independent Schools and the The Association of Independent Schools of New England. We are also endorsed by the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance.

FA and Homeschool families embrace Multiple Intelligences:

They value individual attention, self direction and project based modalities of learning. We learn through play in the Arts and Sciences.

FA and Homeschool families are civic-minded:

Both make time for service-learning and feel that giving back to society not only serves others, but also builds character and self esteem.

FA and Homeschool families respect diversity:

Both groups are inspired by personal experience, appreciate cultures outside their own and know that every person has a unique story to tell.

FA and Homeschool families are Nature-minded:

Both believe in working to sustain the planet through conservation efforts, are nurtured through earthly pursuits and seek experiences that link the inner and outer worlds.

Be Here Now:


All Weather Friends is a wilderness program designed for children ages 7-14. Independent Learners enjoy the beauty and wide open space on 65 acres of the Friends Academy campus. Ample time for personal exploration and free play, artfully balanced by an (optional) guided, in-depth adventure experience! Nature study and mindfulness activities, culminating in the group’s picnic lunch.

Meets every Monday and/or Wednesday on the FA calendar!

Pricing: our Fall offer: register two children for the price of one in our Fall block of our Nature Course.

$70 sibling rate/2 children


Encompass On Campus offers experiential, project-based learning, lead by an expert in their field. This year we have, Drama, Music and STEAM for ages 7-10 and 11-14. Ever-exploring Artistic Process on the journey to final product, our classes culminate in a collaborative expedition of projects on the last day of each 6 week session…

Meets Wednesday afternoons in 6 week sessions on the FA calendar
Pricing: Only $10 per class (6 week sessions)

  • FREE: Early Learning Playgroup Meeting once a week, a time for children 3-6 to take part art, music, and physical education workshops on the Friends’ campus. (CURRENTLY TAKING NAMES FOR A WAIT LIST)
  • Monthly Community Events: OCTOBER 11: AHEM, the advocates of home education in Massachusetts (FULL); November 29: Pat Farenga – Unschooling Q & A; December 13 – Dear Younger Me – An Elder Wisdom Circle. Register with link above!
Workshops In Multiple Intelligences:

Supporting the Multiple Intelligences… Using a hands on, immersive approach to reframe academic material; this 6 part, multi-workshop event serves as a personal/professional development experience for any curious person. Teachers, parents, college students or anyone who works with children will especially benefit. An experiential collaboration to deepen the understanding of our dual role as both teacher and learner. We explore our own faceted views of the world through the playful lens of creative mediums…

  • art
  • dance
  • music
  • storytelling
  • nature
  • technology
  • written word

A vivid space enriched by Guest Artists (such as The Zeiterion Theater, Cape Cod African Dance and Drum, DNRT).


October 28, 2017: Visual & Linguistic Learning
January 27, 2018: Kinesthetic & Auditory Learning
March 10, 2018: Intra/Interpersonal Learning
May 19, 2018: Naturalistic Learning
October 2018: Logical, Mathematical Learning: STEAM
January 2019: Existential IntelligenceBreakfast and Lunch on each day is included.

PD Certificate Available.
A SAVINGS OF $300 when you purchase the series ticket!

Required Forms:

Health Questionnaire
Pick Up Authorization Form
Prescription Medicine Release Form
Over The Counter Consent Form