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|Motto||Strong Minds. Kind Hearts.|
|Established||April 17, 1876|
|Grades||Nursery school - 12th grade|
|Location||Locust Valley, NY, USA|
|Campus||Suburban, 65 acres (26 ha)|
|Colors||Red and Black|
Friends Academy is a Quaker, coeducational, independent, college preparatory school serving students from nursery school through the twelfth grade, located in Locust Valley, New York, United States. The school was founded in 1876 by 78-year-old Gideon Frost for "The children of Friends and those similarly sentimented". The school was originally named Friends College. The campus covers 65 acres (26 ha). The school is organized around quad with buildings surrounding it. Recent additions to the school include the Helen A. Dolan Center (2000), the Kumar-Wang Library (2000), the renovation of the Upper School (2004), the renovation of the Lower School (2010), and the current construction of the gym and field house.
Students and Faculty & Staff
There are approximately 777 students from various backgrounds and communities throughout Long Island. There are 201 students in the Lower School, 197 in the Middle School, and 379 in the Upper School. There are 116 full- and part-time teachers. The student-teacher ratio is 7:1.
Friends Academy offers a moderately wide variety of sports that are participated by students in grades 7-12. Sports consist of boys and girls basketball boys and girls soccer boys and girls cross country boys and girls track and field boys and girls lacrosse boys baseball girls softball boys hockey girls field hockey boys and girls crew girls tennis girls cheerleading and boys football.Andy Coe (captain of Yale '69 football team)coached football at Friends Academy in 1970. Friends Academy also offers a smaller variety of minor recreational activities such as yoga and dance that are accessible to high school students. Friends Academy participates in the Nassau County Public High School Athletic Association. Friends Academy is the only school to participate in the Nassau County Public High School Athletic Association as an independent school. Despite playing in a larger conference, Friends Academy has won several Regional and State titles in different sports in recent years. FA has won State Championships in Boys Basketball ('10, '11), Boys Soccer ('09, '10, '11), Girls Soccer ('12), Women's rowing ('06, '08, '09, '10) and Regional Titles in Girls Field Hockey ('12), Girls Basketball ('11).
Friends Academy have been teaching students Quaker Values since 1876. Friends Academy believes that in teaching Quaker Values, students will mold their minds and personalities to match the very values that they teach. Quaker Values mainly reflect on truth, morality, and conscience as believed by the Quakers themselves. To uphold the tradition of Quaker Values, the students and faculty of Friends Academy attend the Matinecock Meeting House weekly to attend "Meeting for Worship", a traditional Quaker tradition where the students and faculty sit silently for one hour to reflect on their actions, and to pray for friends and family.
Students at Friends Academy are required to abide by a dress code. For boys in the high school, this requires wearing a button down shirt that is tucked in, a tie, dress pants with a belt, and dress shoes. For girls in the high school, this requires wearing a collared shirt, pants or a skirt that do not extend above the knee, and appropriate footwear. It is prohibited for students to wear sweatpants, sweatshirts, jeans, and/or hats, unless given permission. Sport jackets are asked to be worn by boys during special occasions. The uniform is mainly consistent for students in the middle and lower school, however the option to wear a polo instead of a dress shirt is offered.
Friends Academy offers a wide variety of clubs, after school activities, and groups that are available to students at the school. Some of the following are listed.
- Academic Team
- Acapella Club
- Admissions Club
- Badminton Club
- Book Club
- Breast Cancer Awareness Club
- Cooking Club
- Diversity Club
- Environmental Club
- FA Today
- French Club
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
- Mock Trial
- Music Club
- Natural Helpers
- Science Olympiad Team
- Teachers and Students for Quaker Equality
- We are the Community Helpers