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

  • Earthshare Day & Celebration of Lakota Culture with Tiokasin Ghosthorse - 04/25/2016 - A featured part of the Earth Week celebration was a visit by Tiokasin Ghosthorse, a Lakota activist, musician and nationally syndicated radio host, and assistance from Lakota Oakwood sophomore Shai Black Bird. Ghosthorse conducted a three-day residency, raisin...more
  • Oakwood student chosen for internatioanal philosphy competition - 05/11/2016 - Caroline Norfleet of Croton-on-Hudson, a senior at Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie, was one of two students chosen nationally to compete in the International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO) to be held in Ghent, Belgium May 12-15.
  • 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 News ...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 a young American model wh...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 Affiliation Friends
Grades Offered Grades 6-12
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Learning Programs Supported Dyslexia / Language~based or Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded 1796

Student Body

Total Students 159 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade Oakwood Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
73%
Average Class Size 13 students
Number of AP Courses 7 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP French, AP Spanish
Average SAT score 1170
Average ACT score 22
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
% on Financial Aid
40%
Average Financial Aid Grant $21,275
Admissions Director Mark Blackman
Admissions Associate Susan Masciale-Lynch

Sports

Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountrySoccer,
SoftballTennis,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 32 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Academic Committee, Academic World Quest, Animal Rights Club, Anime Club, Book Club, Business Club, Calligraphy Club, Chess Club, Dance, Dance/Hip Hop Club, Drama Tech, Fitness Club, Friends (S.P.I.C.E.) Club, Garden Club, Judicial Committee, Library Committee, Martial Arts, Model United Nations, Nominating Committee, Oakword Literary Magazine, Orchestra, Parks Club, Running Club, School Spirit Club, Ski Club, Spectrum, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Student Government, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Table Top Gaming Club, Tea Club, Yearbook, Yoga Anime Club, Book Club, Business Club, Chess Club, Dance, Drama Tech, Fitness Club, Garden Club, Martial Arts, Orchestra, Parks Club, Running Club, Ski Club, Tea Club, Yearbook, Yoga, Academic Committee,
Academic World Quest,
Animal Rights Club,
Calligraphy Club,
Dance/Hip Hop Club,
Friends (S.P.I.C.E.) Club,
Judicial Committee,
Library Committee,
Model United Nations,
Nominating Committee,
Oakword Literary Magazine,
School Spirit Club,
Spectrum, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA),
Student Government,
Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD),
Table Top Gaming Club,

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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