Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.

Meet Our Students

 

Samuel (Sam) (2019)

Grade: Senior, Class of 2019

Hometown: Glen Head, New York

First Year at Friends Academy: 5th Grade

Favorite Major Course: AP Biology, AP Government & Politics, AP Environmental Sciences

Favorite Elective Courses: Jazz Band & Stagecraft

Extracurricular Activities: Cross Country, Track & Field, Baseball, Theatre, Clubs and Volunteer Work

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Finals Week! Everybody is enjoying Ice Cream and Playing Frisbee on the Quad!

Where will you always find me: Either in Class or on the Quad with Friends.

Best Memory at FA: Trip to Washington D.C!

Favorite thing to do at FA: Spending time with my peers.

Why Friends Academy:  Aesthetically, Friends Academy is exceptional, but that is just an added benefit; Friends Academy fosters a unique community, nurturing students to be Honest and Respectful above all. The classes are taught by exceptional teachers with a passion for their fields in small classes, utilizing a myriad perspectives from the class.

Olivia (2019)

Grade: Senior, Class of 2019

Hometown: Oyster Bay, New York

First Year at Friends Academy: 5th Grade

Favorite Major Course: AP Comparative Government and Politics

Favorite Elective Courses: Honors Arts & GSS: Matriarchy and Patriarchy through the Ages

Extracurricular Activities: Theater, Choir, Dance, Golf, and Inkwell

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Spirit week!!

Where will you always find me: In the library working on an Inkwell article.

Best Memory at FA: Performing an original song in front of an auditorium full of my peers.

Favorite thing to do at FA: Eat lunch at the picnic tables

Why Friends Academy:  There is simply no other place where I have felt the embrace that the FA community provided me. From the day I stepped on campus eight years ago, I knew that Friends was home – I am so lucky to be surrounded by such incredible, hard working, and loving peers and teachers.

Hannah (2020)

Grade: 11th

Hometown: Port Washington, NY

First Year at Friends Academy: 2016

Favorite Major Course: American Literature

Favorite Elective Courses: Photography, Ceramics, Digital Arts

Extracurricular Activities: WATCH, Caring Kids, Admissions Club, Singers for Charity, Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse, The New F Word (Feminism Club), Sandwich Making, Music with Friends, Boys and Girls Club

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: In the cafeteria eating a bagel with friends!

Best Memory at FA:  When my grade won the spirit week photo contest and were awarded with a dress down day!

Favorite thing to do at FA: Hangout with friends and teachers.

Why Friends Academy: Friends Academy is more than just a school; it is a community filled with caring and encouraging teachers, peers etc.

Lillianna (Lilly) (2019)

Grade: 12

Hometown: Locust Valley

First Year at Friends Academy: 5th

Favorite Major Course: AP Biology, AP Chinese, AP Psychology

Favorite Elective Courses: Graphic Design, AP Computer Science, Crime Fiction

Extracurricular Activities: Varsity Tennis, Theatre, Volunteering

Favorite Friends Academy Event: The book fair and the plant sale

Where will you always find me: In my favorite teacher’s classroom drawing on the board or in the library doing HW

Best Memory at FA:  Organizing Senior Citizen Prom, celebrating my advisor’s birthday before he retired, going to China with my Chinese class

Favorite thing to do at FA: Have fun conversations with friends and teachers, help others with Computer Science Homework

Why Friends Academy: The atmosphere that the faculty and students create at Friends is welcoming and collaborative.  Everyday, people perform little acts of kindness. Teachers are committed to students learning and understanding material.  Students are always willing to help each other and encourage each other to work hard to achieve their goals.

Grace (2020)

Name: Grace

Grade: Junior, Class of 2020

b Sands Point, New York

First Year at Friends Academy: 9th Grade

Favorite Major Course: AP United States History and American Literature

Favorite Elective Courses: Advanced Performance Studies and Honors Arts

Extracurricular Activities: Theater, Choir, Dance, Caring Kids, The F Words (Feminism Club), Admissions Club, and Student Faculty Board

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Original Works

Where will you always find me: The Theatre or in the library

Best Memory at FA:  Performing in my first Friends Academy play in 9th grade!

Favorite thing to do at FA: Sitting on the swinging benches outside with my friends

Why Friends Academy: At Friends Academy, I feel at home. The community offers a safe place for one to express their individuality while still keeping that excitement and motivation to continue learning,

Ethan (2022)

Grade: 9

Hometown: Woodbury

First Year at Friends Academy: 3rd grade

Favorite Major Course: Honors Geometry

Favorite Elective Courses: Theater Studies

Extracurricular Activities: Running Cross Country

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: in the library studying

Sherry (2019)

Grade: 12

Hometown: China

First Year at Friends Academy: 8th Grade

Favorite Major Course: Math

Favorite Elective Courses: Art

Extracurricular Activities: Tennis, Softball

Favorite Friends Academy Event: In-class food parties

Where will you always find me: I’m all over the place

Best Memory at FA:  The relationship I gained with my favorite teachers

Favorite thing to do at FA: Hang out with my friends

Why Friends Academy: Community

Emma (2019)

Grade: 12

Hometown: Huntington Bay

First Year at Friends Academy: 9th

Favorite Major Course: AP Government and AP Psychology

Favorite Elective Courses: Photography

Extracurricular Activities: Morning Choir, Photography, After-school Teaching Assistant, Inkwell

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: The Library

Best Memory at FA:  Trip to Washington D.C. in 11th grade.

Favorite thing to do at FA: Order in food for long-block classes!

Why Friends Academy: Friends Academy provides students with amazing learning experiences while providing opportunities to make great memories with new friends.

Spencer (2021)

Grade: 10th

Hometown: Huntington, NY

First Year at Friends Academy: 9th grade (2017)

Favorite Major Course: 9th Grade History and Algebra II and Trig

Favorite Elective Courses: Science Projects and Intro to Computer Science

Extracurricular Activities: Cross Country, Weight Training, Baseball, Student Faculty Board

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Dodgeball Tournament

Where will you always find me: In class

Best Memory at FA:  Gaga ball Family Night 2018

Favorite thing to do at FA: Propose Ideas in SFB

Why Friends Academy: Rather than feeling like a typical high school, FA feels like a place of business.  All people in the community whether faculty or student, is treated with the utmost respect and given the proper privileges and independencies.  For this reason and because of the great people that make our community, FA is one of a kind.

Angelina (2020)

Grade: 11th

Hometown: Old Brookville, NY

First Year at Friends Academy: 9th, 2016

Favorite Major Course: Biology

Favorite Elective Courses: Photography

Extracurricular Activities: Field Hockey

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: In the library or in the cafeteria eating food! 

Favorite thing to do at FA: Hangout with friends

Why Friends Academy: Friends focuses on much more than just educating students. My teachers are always willing to help and everyone is so close in such a close knit community.

James (Frick) (2019)

Grade: 12

Hometown: Locust Valley, NY

First Year at Friends Academy: Junior

Favorite Major Course: AP Comparative Government

Favorite Elective Courses: Music Theory

Extracurricular Activities: Theater, Choir, Horseback Riding, Volunteer work at GNN High School

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Spirit Week

Where will you always find me: Bottom floor of the library

Best Memory at FA:  My first tour of the school

Leah (2020)

Grade: 11th

Hometown: Bellmore, NY

First Year at Friends Academy: 5th grade

Favorite Major Course: AP Chemistry and AP Calculus BC

Favorite Elective Courses: Photography

Extracurricular Activities: TASQUE (Teachers and Students for a Quaker Education), Winter and Spring Track,  NYU Winthrop Hospital Junior Volunteer Program, Amnesty Club, Math Club, Cross Country

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Our yearly class trips! My favorites so far have been Camp Quinnipet in 5th grade and YSOP in 10th grade.

Where will you always find me: Sitting on one of the library couches.

Best Memory at FA: Making a Friendsville booth with my friends in 5th grade.

Favorite thing to do at FA: Running in the trails.

Why Friends Academy: You have the freedom to pursue a variety of interests and try new clubs and activities! I love the school’s emphasis on Quaker values and the close knit community.

Josh (2022)

Name: Joshua Sukoff

Grade: 9th Grade, Class of 2022

Hometown: Huntington, NY

First Year at Friends Academy: 7th Grade

Favorite Major Course: Biology

Favorite Elective Courses: Visual Art

Extracurricular Activities: Crew, Academic “trivia” team, Sustainability Committee, Admissions Club, Photography and Volunteering at Best Friends Animal Shelter

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Definitely Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: Anywhere, most likely doing work

Lilly (2020)

Grade: Junior, Class of 2020

Hometown: Port Washington, NY

First Year at Friends Academy: Playgroup

Favorite Major Course: Biology and Chinese

Favorite Elective Courses: Science Projects

Extracurricular Activities: Field Hockey, Boys and Girls club, TASQUE, Model UN, The New F Word (Feminism Club), Admissions club, Natural Helpers

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: In the library with friends

Best Memory at FA:  Going on outdoor ed trips and the spring break trip to China

Favorite thing to do at FA: Socialize with people in the library and make new friends playing sports.

Why Friends Academy: Friends Academy has always been a second home to me. Many of my fondest memories come from FA and it is nice to look back on all of the good times I have had. I feel a sense of community saying hello to peers in the hallway or saying hi to my former teachers. There is always something to look forward to and always someone to talk to. There are options for everyone and I am able to take interesting classes while still learning.

Emily (2021)

Grade: 10

Hometown: Sands Point, NY

First Year at Friends Academy: Pre-K

Favorite Major Course: English

Favorite Elective Courses: Photography, Science Projects

Extracurricular Activities: TASQUE, Model UN, The New F-Word (Feminism Club), Admissions Club, Field Hockey, Spring Track, Boys and Girls Club, and Music with Friends

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: The Library

Best Memory at FA: Going on the High School China Trip last spring

Favorite thing to do at FA: Play sports and connect with teachers

Why Friends Academy: We are such a strong welcoming community, and we have the best opportunities here to succeed. The teachers care very deeply for the success and well being of their students, which creates a positive learning environment. Additionally, our small classes create a personal connection with teachers, and within the grades.

Caroline (2022)

Grade: 9th

Hometown: Westbury, New York

First Year at Friends Academy: Playgroup

Favorite Major Course: Geometry

Favorite Elective Courses: Digital Art

Extracurricular Activities: FA Varsity Soccer, Student Faculty Board, Admissions Club

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: In The Library

Best Memory at FA: Going on the 8th grade outdoor ed trip to Frost Valley

Favorite thing to do at FA: To make friends with kids from other grades during sports

Why Friends Academy: Friends Academy isn’t like other schools where students and teachers come to school to work or learn. Instead the students and teachers enjoy themselves with the surrounding positivity that is expressed throughout the whole school. I definitely enjoy coming to learn everyday knowing that I will be able to enjoy myself and my peers around me.

Zeina (2019)

Grade: 12

Hometown: Sands Point, New York

First Year at Friends Academy: 10

Favorite Major Course: AP biology, AP Government and Politics

Favorite Elective Courses: computer science

Extracurricular Activities: basketball, Model UN, W.A.T.C.H, Music with Friends, Business Club, Admissions club

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: everywhere!

Best Memory at FA:  Washington DC trip, winning our first basketball game

Favorite thing to do at FA: play on the basketball team, interact with students from all different grades, meeting for worship

Charlotte (2022)

Grade: 9th

Hometown: Jericho

First Year at Friends Academy: 8th

Favorite Major Course: Honors Alg II/Trig

Favorite Elective Courses: Orchestra

Extracurricular Activities: athletics, play

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: anywhere!

Best Memory at FA: Traveling to Costa Rica

Favorite thing to do at FA: study and learn more while making friends

Why Friends Academy: It’s a very fun school to come to learn and make friends.

Ella (2021)

Grade: 10th grade

Hometown: Oyster Bay

First Year at Friends Academy: 9th grade

Favorite Major Course: Honors Geometry

Favorite Elective Courses: Photography I and Graphic Design

Extracurricular Activities: Crew, Admissions Club, Math Club, Sustainability Committee, Barcode Long Island, Math Fair Project, Natural Helpers

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Worship Buddies

Where will you always find me: In the math office or Mr. Burt’s room!

Best Memory at FA: All my lunches when I have spent time with my friends!

Favorite thing to do at FA: Spend time with friends in the library

Why Friends Academy: Friends Academy provides a wonderful space where students have opportunities to develop as intellectuals and as people. FA has a strong community in which individuals feel connected and can depend on the love and guidance of those around them. Friends Academy teaches students what it means to love learning as well as how to respect others.

Elizabeth (2021)

Grade: 10th grade, Class of 2021

Hometown: Old Brookville

First Year at Friends Academy: 9th Grade

Favorite Major Course: English 10: Global Literature

Favorite Elective Courses: Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Dance

Extracurricular Activities: W.A.T.C.H, music with friends, basketball, soccer, Breast Cancer Awareness Club, Admissions Club, and dance.

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair (I love all the amazing club booths and rides!)

Where will you always find me: In the library

Best Memory at FA: Having great conversations and laughing with friends at lunch

Favorite thing to do at FA:  Hangout with friends outside on the quad

Why Friends Academy: We have such an amazing sense of community at Friends Academy. Each member of our faculty is truly passionate about what they teach and takes the time to create a relationship with each student. We all support, accept, and encourage each other to thrive and succeed; we are all like one big family! Through the many opportunities at Friends, I have created so many memories and friendships that I know will last a lifetime.  

Billy (2020)

Grade: 11

Hometown: Locust Valley, NY

First Year at Friends Academy: 2007

Favorite Major Course: AP US History

Favorite Elective Courses: Film

Extracurricular Activities: Student Faculty Board, Singers 4 Charity, Admissions Club, Hellenic Club, Tennis, The School Musical.  

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Christmas sock & candy drive.

Where will you always find me: In Mrs. Clark’s room.

Best Memory at FA: Wedding the election for class judge in fifth grade.

Favorite thing to do at FA: Hang out with my friends during my free periods.

Why Friends Academy: Although the choice was out of my hands when I was first sent here, I love being at FA because of the positive and welcoming environment.

William (2020)

Grade: Junior/11th grade

Hometown: Oyster Bay

First Year at Friends Academy: 5th Grade

Favorite Major Course: AP Physics

Favorite Elective Courses: Morning Choir

Extracurricular Activities: Rowing, FA Republican Club, Peer Tutoring, Admissions Club, Natural Helper, FA Student Faculty Board, Canstruction, Volunteering at the Glen Cove Men’s Shelter

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair

Where will you always find me: At Rowing Practice

Best Memory at FA:  The junior year Washington D.C. trip

Favorite thing to do at FA: Be in Mr. Serif’s AP US history class

Why Friends Academy: Friends Academy is such a unique environment in that people from all backgrounds come here to learn as well as become closer friends. A school like Friends is so hard to come by in our modern world, but is so dearly needed; A school where academic excellence is fostered, but integrity is still held to the highest pedestal. Friends Academy has fostered such a close knit and welcoming environment that it is truly one of the top places to earn a high school education around today.

Ezekiel (2021)

Grade: Sophomore/10th Grade

Hometown: Queens, NY

First Year at Friends Academy: 3rd Grade

Favorite Major Course: Algebra II, Trigonometry, Chemistry

Favorite Elective Courses: Orchestra, Photography

Extracurricular Activities: Basketball, Soccer

Favorite Friends Academy Event: Fall Fair and pre-season for Fall sports

Where will you always find me: Relaxing on the quad or in the gym

Best Memory at FA:  Playing in the basketball game against Locust Valley

Favorite thing to do at FA: Hang out on the quad

Why Friends Academy: All in all, Friends Academy is the complete package.  With a caring and welcoming community, Friends Academy is an easy and great place to get situated.  Students strive to improve and better themselves - and their peers - socially and academically.  Teachers establish connections with each of their students.