Friends Academy

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  • Friends Academy, established in 1810, is a coeducational day school, located on a beautiful 65-acre campus in North Dartmouth, MA and serves children from early childhood through grade 8.
  • The rigorous academic curriculum is enriched by offerings in world languages, technology, art, music, drama, library, and physical education.
  • Highlights of our program include Spanish beginning in grade 1, Latin in grade 6, personal laptop computers issued to each student in the Middle School, fall and spring music theater, and competitive sports year-round.
  • Our Outdoor Education program offers a state-of-the-art high and low ropes course along campus trails and canoeing on the Paskamansett River which runs through the campus.
  • The Sally Borden Program at Friends Academy offers a unique educational opportunity for children with language-based learning differences such as difficulty acquiring reading, spelling, written expression, math, organizational and/or study skills due to dyslexia and/or a specific learning difference.
  • Our diverse student body comes from various Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities and graduates enter leading preparatory schools.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia / Language-based learning differences/Dyscalculia/Dysgraphia, APD
Year Founded1810
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesSee current school year summer program rates on school's web site at

Student Body

Total Students256 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Friends Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers39 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Professional, safe and respectful)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesSee current school year tuition rates on school's web site at
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKatherine Gaudet


Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and FieldBasketballCross Country,
Field HockeyLacrosse,
SoccerTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
Chorus and Musical Theatre

Recreational Athletic Programs:
After-School Enrichment courses may include dance classes, mountain biking, yoga

School Notes

  • Learning at Friends Academy is a shared experience, whether it`s preschoolers developing a class project to fight hunger or seventh graders engaged in a mock summit on global climate change. We empower our students to create their own goals and compile a portfolio to show their progress. They think critically about how to improve academically and succeed when they encounter challenges. Our teachers understand the strengths of each student, and dedicate themselves to developing cross-curricular projects, planning field trips, and implementing innovative strategies that excite young minds.Because we believe that childhood isn`t for being taught. It`s for asking and discovering. 
  •  The mission of Friends Academy is to provide each student with an educationalfoundation that will instill the academic knowledge, skills, and understandingresponsible citizenship respect for diversity and differences and sense of wellbeingneeded for a lifetime of learning and personal growth.
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    Grades: PK-3 | 47 students
    2.9 miles
    284 Gulf Rd
    South Dartmouth, MA 02748
    (508) 992-1301
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