Friends Academy's Upper School curriculum is a vigorous college preparatory program rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, enhanced by programs critical for developing 21st-century skills and knowledge. Our graduates are prepared to pursue their college aspirations and to use their education for the betterment of the community at large.
A Friends student’s experience is enhanced by their ability to engage in the visual and performing arts, athletics, and develop their leadership skills through club and committee opportunities. The school’s commitment to experiential learning further helps students to develop self-reliance and expand their learning beyond the classroom. The community service program engages students in meaningful experiences and projects, using their talents and skills for the benefit of others. The ninth grade Outdoor Education trip provides students the opportunity to develop collaborative problem-solving skills and a social experience in an outdoor environment. Students are offered opportunities to study abroad annually, allowing development of language competency, cultural awareness, and opportunities for service learning.
The four-year journey of high school is critical to a young person’s emerging sense of self. Central to a Quaker education, students are encouraged to be reflective, to develop the ability and skill to look within and discover their passion. Friends students are challenged to think differently, to unleash their creativity, to take risks and embrace learning – all in an effort to help discover their “inner light” and to connect more deeply to their natural talents. We challenge our students to be courageous and open minded in all their pursuits at Friends!
It has been my pleasure to be a part of this educational community for over 25 years, working closely with students, faculty, and parents to bring our school’s Quaker mission alive.