Friends Academy

Founded in 1876 by Gideon Frost for "the children of Friends and those similarly sentimented," Friends Academy is a Quaker, coeducational, independent, college preparatory school serving students from age three through the twelfth grade.
At Friends Academy, we achieve educational excellence by committing to the highest standards of learning and living. Our welcoming and diverse community is strengthened by our Quaker values, which empower our students to inquire, reflect, and engage in their classrooms, in their neighborhoods, and in the world. Because when we inspire students to learn and live with purpose, they can achieve greatness without sacrificing goodness.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1876

Student Body

Total Students765 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Friends Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers110 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size15 students
Number of AP Courses24 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus (AB), AP Calculus I (BC), AP Calculus II (BC), AP Chemistry, AP English, AP Environ. Science, AP European History, AP French V, AP Latin V, AP Music Theory, AP Physics C, AP Spanish V, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art - Draw, AP US Government, AP US History
Average SAT score1350
Average ACT score32
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Boys: Ties, jackets (weekly), khaki pants; Girls: Button down shirt, skirts/dresses below knees, trousers)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 17 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$38,900
Tuition NotesThe tuition ranges from $16,700-$38,900 for the 2020-2021 school year.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorTaisha Thompson
Admissions AssociateElizabeth Holmes


Total Sports Offered17 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
DanceField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.46 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Academic Team, Admissions Club, Amnesty International, Animal Advocacy, Asian Awareness, Bone Marrow Foundation, Breast Cancer Awareness, Business Club, Challenger Athletics, Chess Club, Children's Hospital Care Club, Choose a Charity, Community Helpers, Community Service Club, Current Events Club, Debate/Parliamentary Debate, Democratic Club, Diversity Club, Diversity Committee, Ethics Bowl, Girls Who Code, Habitat for Humanity Club, Hip Hop Club, Jazz Band, Literary Magazine, Mathletes, Model UN/Model Congress, Natural Helpers/HOPE (Peer Education), Online Newspaper, Pencils of Promise, Philosophy Club, Project LETS, Reflection of Cinematic Quaker Values, Republican Club, Robotics Club, Rocket Club, SAGA, Science Olympiad, Stock Market Club, Student Government, Sunrise Day Camp Club, Sustainability Committee, Teachers and Students for Quakers Understanding and Education, Teens Give, Tournament Club, Yearbook Staff

School Notes

  • At Friends Academy, we achieve educational excellence by committing to the highest standards of learning and living. Our welcoming and diverse community is strengthened by our Quaker values, which empower our students to inquire, reflect, and engage in their classrooms, in their neighborhoods, and in the world. Because when we inspire students to learn and live with purpose, they can achieve greatness without sacrificing goodness.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
Wonderful experience for our family! My children are both so happy going to school every day. They have both created lifelong friendships. Supportive community. Exceptional teachers. Beautiful campus. The academic and extra-curricular opportunities are endless!
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My children love this school. They've made wonderful friends in the community, and I've always felt the teachers and administrators have supported their individual learning styles and interests. The school has done an excellent job with its safety measures and I've feel comfortable sending them back to school.
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All categories have a rising Kindergartener, who finished his first year at Friends in Pre-K. As a parent, and an educational professional, I personally could not have designed a better experience for my son, especially during the COVID-related shut down. We initially chose Friends for our son because we wanted more for him; we wanted him to learn through experience, to develop thoughts of his own and more importantly to be part of a community that subscribed to similar values as ours. Our son's first year was FANTASTIC! Notably, while everyone was scrambling to figure things out when the State shut down, our son was being educated and supported in a way that was developmentally appropriate, fun and responsive. The transition to virtual school was so seamless, that it seemed like it was planned for (it might have been). More importantly, the teachers were open and responsive to feedback, and continued to tweak the new modality regularly. We are looking forward to many more years at Friends! Parent22 days agoOverall ExperienceReportStart Your Review of Friends Academy like many parents looking into private school, we did our research, spoke with parents from the schools we were considering and visited the schools multiple times. At the end of the day, we felt strongly that Friends Academy was the best fit for our son (who was entering 9th grade), both from an academic and social perspective. That was one year ago and I can honestly say that it was one of our best parenting decisions thus far! We have been so pleased with the individual attention our son has received from teachers, to coaches & administrators. Additionally, while we choose Friends because we felt it was the best school for our son, we have been so impressed with how welcoming the Friends community has been to us as a family. We have also been very pleased with their academic response to the challenges posed by the COVID 19 pandemic. We have two younger children who attend public school and have every intention of sending them to Friends in the next year or so as well.Parent21 days agoOverall ExperienceReportI have two children at Friends Academy who transferred in 7th grade, and 2nd grade. Since joining the school they have just thrived academically, personally, and socially. Students are challenged and cared for and encouraged to express themselves through their work both inside and out of the classroom. The culture of the school is absolutely amazing, and everyone feels welcomed. The staff is awesome and the curriculum is phenomenal! The classroom sizes are perfect, and students and eager to learn.
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My kids LOVE attending Friends Academy. Excellent teachers, a strong arts program, and great enrichment opportunities make their education robust and enjoyable. The teachers really take the time to get to know each child individually, and to use that knowledge to help the students maximize their potential.
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My son graduated after a very successful 6 years from Friends Academy. His college process was seamless and very professional. The college office at FA did all they could to support him. He was given the opportunity during his 6 years to participate in sports, theater, and Trivia club. My daughter is currently matriculated in the school and they were on the ball as soon as school turned virtual in March, they did not skip a beat.
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My family came to Friends Academy when my son was starting Middle School. Once our journey began, we never looked back. Attention is given to every detail. Teachers and staff are always available, invested, and genuinely care. Morals and values are built into the foundation of life here. Enriching academics are the icing on the cake!
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An amazing school for academics, but it is so much more. Athletics, Arts, Robotics, STEM, Clubs, and a beautiful campus. And the teachers are incredible and form wonderful relationships with their students.
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