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History & Traditions

FRIENDS ACADEMY WAS founded by Gideon Frost in 1876 at the age of 78. Frost was a businessman who also had an interest in science.

Frost fervently believed in the Quaker way of life, speaking out against war and capital punishment. His personal reasons for establishing Friends College (as it was called) "During many years I had a desire to establish a seminary of learning in which the children of Friends and others similarly sentimented could receive literary and scientific instruction upon principles in accordance with the teaching of the Scriptures..."

On January 8, 1876, Gideon Frost purchased six acres of land across from the Matinecock Meeting House for the sum of $688.95.


At Friends Academy, the community of students, faculty and staff and families gather together frequently throughout each year to mark events that underscore the importance of commitment and involvement.

  • Convocation: The entire school gathers to open the school year and introduce the school theme.
  • Fall Fair: An annual event organized by Parent Council, it's our community's Homecoming with rides, music, games, a bonfire, fundraisers for good causes and the opportunity to welcome new families.
  • Peace Week: A four-day celebration and exploration of Peace following Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday.
  • Founder's Day: A day to remember Gideon Frost, the founder of Friends Academy and reflect on his original mission and hopes for the school.
  • Fourth Day Honors: A day of academic honors for Upper School students, who also have the opportunity to listen to the year's Distinguished Alumna/us.
  • Commencement: Speeches from chosen faculty and students highlight the graduation of the senior class.