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.

Upcoming Events and News

  • 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 ...moreLecture on Social Justice. A contributor to Fox News Channel since 1997 and is currently a co-host of FNC`s "The Five" and a regular panelist on "Fox News Sunday" and "Special Report with Bret Baier." The author of six books including the best seller, "Eyes on the Prize: America`s Civil Rights Years, 1954-1965" and the critically acclaimed biography "Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary," Juan Williams has received many awards for his writing and investigative journalism. He has interviewed numerous influential people including five presidents: Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama. Many colleges and universities have recognized his work by awarding him Honorary Doctorates. Now in its 13th year, this lecture series was established by classmates in memory of Dash Davis Gleiter in recognition of her work in civil rights and her lifetime of volunteer activities to promote social justice.hide
  • 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. ...more The musical tells the story of a young American model who becomes romantically involved with her manager during a trip to Stockholm Fashion Week."Stockholm Syndrome" is loosely based on Shakespeare`s "Taming of the Shrew," but combines moral lessons with humor and 1990s nostalgia, according to the release.

    The musical will be presented at 8 p.m., Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 in the Aaron H. Lane Auditorium at Oakwood Friends School, 22 Spackenkill Road, Poughkeepsie. Suggested donation is $5.
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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
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 Students127 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
53%
State avg.: 28%
Students by GradeOakwood Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers27 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
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 score1173
Average ACT score22
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineApr. 1 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$33,082
Tuition Notesmiddle school day = 26986
% on Financial Aid
48%
Average Financial Aid Grant$21,275
Admissions DirectorNicolas Ugarte
Admissions AssociateAkilah Spencer
Endowment Size$3 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Martial Arts, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
Martial ArtsSoccer,
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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