Oakwood Friends School

  • Founded in 1796, Oakwood Friends School is New York State's oldest co-educational boarding and day school.
  • It is an independent, college preparatory school serving grades 6-12.
  • Devoted since its inception to the fundamental Quaker belief that "there is that of God in every person," Oakwood Friends puts this belief into practice by focusing on the individual learner, and cultivating a diversified community of students and staff in an atmosphere of mutual respect and enrichment.
  • We encourage students and adults within the community to: learn through inquiry, reflection, and action in daily life; search for truth, valuing the challenge of competing ideas; resolve conflicts through respecting and listening to one another; value and embrace the diversity of cultures and religions in our communities; work for the good of society through active service learning; and act courageously in alignment with core moral beliefs.

School News

  • Oakwood Friends School graduation June 10, 2016 - 06/11/2016 - Oakwood Friends School graduates 34 Seniors this year from around the world under the copper beach graduation tree.
  • Fox New's Juan Williams '72 returns to Oakwood - 05/02/2017 - Nationally known journalist, author, political analyst and regular panelist on the Fox News Channel, alumnus Juan Williams returned to Oakwood Friends School to present the Caroline "Dash" Davis Gleiter `51 Lecture on Social Justice. A contributor to Fox ...more
  • Oakwood students stage 'Stockholm Syndrome' an original musical - 05/09/2017 - Stockholm Syndrome," an original musical combining the music of Swedish pop group Roxette with a book and additional music created and written by Oakwood Friends School music teacher, Ted Messerschmidt.  The musical tells the story of ...more

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades 6-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedDyslexia / Language~based or Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1796

Student Body

Total Students159 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 29%
Students by GradeOakwood Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
73%
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses7 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP French, AP Spanish
Average SAT score1170
Average ACT score22
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
% on Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid Grant$21,275
Admissions DirectorMark Blackman
Admissions AssociateSusan Masciale-Lynch

Sports

Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountrySoccer,
SoftballTennis,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.33 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Academic Committee, Academic World Quest, Animal Rights Club, Anime Club, Book Club, Business Club, Chess Club, Drama Tech, Friends (S.P.I.C.E.) Club, Garden Club, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Judicial Committee, Library Committee, Model United Nations, Nominating Committee, Oakword Literary Magazine, School Spirit Club, Spectrum, Student Government, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Table Top Gaming Club, Tea Club, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Calligraphy Club, Dance/Hip Hop Club, Orchestra

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance, Fitness Club, Martial Arts, Parks Club, Running Club, Ski Club, Yoga

School Notes

  • "Everybody smiles a lot. That's one of the first things you'll notice at Oakwood Friends School. Perhaps it's because Oakwood emphasizes individuality, not uniformity. Held high is respect for the value of each student, teacher and staff member. The resulting spirit of common trust enables an honest, open exchange of ideas among all campus members..."
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