Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.
Friends Academy Celebrates Unity Day with First Community Group Meetings

On Thursday, October 10, the Friends Academy community wore orange to honor Unity Day, part of Bullying Prevention Month. The day was also marked with the first meetings of all-school Community Groups, which bring together students and adults in all divisions to strengthen bonds across campus.


Lower School

Young children naturally involve themselves in creative movement and dramatic experiences as a means of understanding their physical relationship to the world, trying out possible behavioral choices, as well as exploring the realms of imagination.

Dance Education provides a structure that grows with the child, giving them an opportunity to develop both their critical and creative thinking skills.

Our Lower School Curriculum is founded on the following principles:

  • Exploration of new ideas
  • Making interdisciplinary connections
  • Introduction of age-appropriate skills and techniques
  • Development of executive functioning and analytical skills
  • Serve as a cornerstone of the Global Studies Curriculum

Middle School

The Middle School Dance curriculum focuses on introductory movement techniques, group improvisation, and beginning choreography. Students also develop the skills of self-challenge, self-awareness, and positive and supportive group participation.

In the Middle School, all students receive regular instruction in Visual Arts, Theater, Music and Dance. This includes Sixth Grade Arts Block, an integrated multi-disciplinary arts course.

In the Middle School curriculum we emphasize:

  • Understanding of the students personal connection to artistic expression
  • Ability to work individually and in groups
  • Embracing challenge
  • Personal growth and development

Upper School

The Dance curriculum offers students an opportunity to learn and experience everything from the most basic modern dance and ballet skills to more advanced technical dance forms, improvisational and choreographic techniques, and repertory ensemble work.

Classes are designed to challenge mobility and creativity, with a focus on integrating these elements to craft meaningful expression.

In the Upper School, students must finish one credit of Arts as a graduation requirement, which is done through elective courses.

In the Upper School our program expands as we focus on:

  • Understanding yourself as an artist
  • Discovering your own voice and sharing that through your artistic work
  • Mastery of skills and techniques
  • Ability to articulate artistic process
  • Knowledge of historical context

Department Members

Kimo Kepano, Convenor

Yoaldri Messina