About the Rancocas Friends School

Meet the Faculty and Learn about the School


Guided by long-standing traditions and established instructional best practices. 


Dedicated to providing a nurturing, loving environment for all pupils to learn and grow.


Focused on helping each pupil start a successful educational career.

About the School

The Rancocas Friends School is under the care and governance of the Rancocas Monthly Meeting and the auspices of the Friends Council on Education of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Our mission is to provide a positive learning atmosphere in which each child may succeed through support and nurturing. Academically, socially, physically and spiritually we strive for excellence. It is our vision for each and every child. We accomplish this by guiding the children with love, honesty, equality and patience. We embrace the whole child, because we believe that there is that of God in everyone.

Our program is a multi-sensory program through the whole-language approach. The curriculum is exciting and challenging. It involves the development of all readiness skills, Language Arts, Math, Science, Art and Music. We believe that children learn best with hands on projects. Their ideas are a part of the program and through their input we have researched and worked on many fascinating projects.

Our extra curriculum for enrichment encompasses a variety of activities and trips, as well as sharing our visiting programs with other independent schools. Our children develop friendships, learn about wildlife and nature and develop an awareness of outside of the classroom learning.

We participate in community service and make awareness to many social issues throughout the school year. Our school, several years ago, initiated a Peace Program and from that began a journey of peace: one hug at a time.

The peace ball was hugged by each child and parent in our school and then sent to England, and then on to Australia. It returned back to us, and together with St. Mary’s Hall Doane Academy, we continued the peace ball’s mission of Peace to Israel.

We realize it can be difficult for a parent to make a decision for their child’s first school experience. We try to make that decision a stress-free experience. Please feel comfortable in calling us with any questions or concerns, and know that you and your child are welcome to visit us.

We look forward to hearing from you.

With Peace and Friendship,

-Nora Dunfee

Head Teacher, the Rancocas Friends School

The Rancocas Friends School

Meet the Faculty

The Rancocas Friends School is guided by two dedicated professionals whose combined service to the School spans over half a century.

Nora Dunfee

Nora Dunfee is the Head Teacher of the Rancocas Friends School.

Educational Background:

  • Moorestown Friends School
  • Trenton State College (Early Childhood Education & Psychology)

Committees Served On:

  • Served on the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (PYM) Committee on Education for Friends Schools for nine years.
  • Served on the Standing Committee for Friends School for two years.
  • PYM Indian Committee.
  • Implementation Committee.
  • Birthright Member of Rancocas Friends Meeting.
  • Served on Worship and Ministry, Communications, School Committee, Property Committee and CoClerk at Rancocas Meeting.

About Nora:

  • Lifelong resident of Rancocas.
  • Mother of three and grandmother of six.
  • Studied art at Moorestown Friends School and Trenton State and private art lessons under Millicent Brown Allen (former President of Moore College of Art).
  • Active in community organizations: The Westampton Township Historical Society (Vice President); Rancocas Civic Association.
  • Enjoys just about everything and everybody!

Suzanne Banister

Suzanne Banister is the Assistant Teacher of the Rancocas Friends School.

Educational Background:

  • B.A. in Communications, with a minor in French.

About Suzanne:

  • Teacher Suzanne has been the Assistant teacher for seven years as of 2014; before that, she was the aftercare teacher for two years.
  • Also a professional singer and musician.
  • Brings her many talents, creativity and expertise as an editor of children’s books and literature to our program and adds to our units of work with many books, games and activities pertaining to the unit we are working on.
  • Her loving concern for the children, her love of gardening and nature have been valuable assets to the Rancocas Friends School
  • Her seasonal surprises and popsicles bring smiles to our class.

The Rancocas Friends School is under the Governance of Rancocas Friends Meeting and Member of Friends Council on Education from Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.