5.00 (7 reviews)
Tel: (516) 676-0393
Friends Academy Photo #2 - During our weekly Meeting for Worship, students, staff, and members of the broader community gather to think about new ideas as well as life`s questions big and small. In this open and intentional space,students develop lifelong skills of active listening, critical thinking, public speaking, and the ability to use silence as a powerful tool.
Friends Academy Photo #3 - The profound bond that our students and teachers form at Friends Academy is intentional and allows each student to receive highly personalized instruction. This ensures that their individual strengths are recognized and shared in the classroom, on the stage and on the field and in their life beyond.
Friends Academy Photo #4 - At Friends Academy, every student is provided an unparalleled educational foundation that is further strengthened by extraordinary co-curriculars. These enhance our students` knowledge, experience, depth, and ultimately their ability to find their unique purpose.
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.
Friends Academy places among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Friends Council on Education (FCE)|
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Nursery/Preschool-12|
|Total Students||765 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 29%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||110 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||7:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||15 students|
|Number of AP Courses||24 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Advanced Courses||AP 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 score||1350|
|Average ACT score||32|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Formal|
(Boys: Ties, jackets (weekly), khaki pants; Girls: Button down shirt, skirts/dresses below knees, trousers)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Jan. 17 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$38,900|
|Tuition Notes||The tuition ranges from $16,700-$38,900 for the 2020-2021 school year.|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Admissions Director||Taisha Thompson|
|Admissions Associate||Elizabeth Holmes|
|Total Sports Offered||17 sports|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter TrackBaseball, Basketball,|
Crew, Cross Country,
Dance, Field Hockey,
Ice Hockey, Lacrosse,
Track and Field, Volleyball,
|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
- 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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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!
- Posted by Parent - JR
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.
- Posted by Parent - Cathy
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.
- Posted by Parent - Donna M
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.
- Posted by Parent - Liz
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.
- Posted by Parent - Rachel Z
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!
- Posted by Parent - Ann
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.
- Posted by Parent - John
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