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2022-23 Open House Schedule

Our Lower, Middle, and Upper school Open Houses were held throughout November 2022. If you missed any of the events, you can feel free to get in contact with us to learn more about Friends Academy and schedule a private tour.

2021-22 Virtual Open House Recordings

Lower School (Age 3-Grade 4)

WATCH: Recording of January 2022 Open House

Setting the Standard in Nassau County

Friends Academy is a PreK-12 private school in Long Island that is based on the Quaker school values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equity, stewardship, and service. Founded in 1876, Friends Academy is a nationally renowned coeducational, independent, college-preparatory school for students in preschool, elementary school, middle school, and high school. 

As a private school built upon the foundations of Quaker education and values, Friends Academy achieves educational excellence by committing to the highest standards of learning and living. Our diverse community is welcoming to people of all faiths.

We empower our students to inquire, reflect, and engage in their classrooms, in their communities, and in the world. 

#1 Ranked

K-12 Private School, High School, and College Prep School

(In Nassau County)

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12:1

Student to teacher ratio

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Faculty with PH.D's and master's degrees

Our Admissions Process

Meet the Team!

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Taisha Thompson
Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid
taisha_thompson@fa.org

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Kim Jennings '88
Associate Director of Admissions
kim_jennings@fa.org

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Ariana Fountain
Admissions and Enrollment Database Manager
ariana_fountain@fa.org

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Doreen Heyman
Admissions
Assistant
doreen_heyman@fa.org

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Joan Phillips
Admissions Associate
joan_phillips@fa.org

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Bill Rueger
Admissions Associate
bill_rueger@fa.org

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Gail Kammerer-Baker
Athletics Liaison to Admissions 
gail_baker@fa.org



Financial Aid: Affording Friends Academy

Investing in a Friends Academy education is a major commitment for a family and often requires great sacrifice. In alignment with our Quaker values, Friends Academy is committed to providing access and affordability to a broad range of socioeconomic backgrounds to ensure that talented and highly qualified students can attend regardless of their ability to pay.

Creating a community of learners who represent diverse, lived experiences and perspectives is critical to achieving academic excellence. We offer need-based financial aid to families with students in Kindergarten through Grade 12 and all financial aid applications are treated with great care and respect.

Financial Aid Timeline for 2023-2024 Academic Year

Please submit financial aid documentation by December 15, 2022 and follow the timeline below for uploading all required documents. You can click on this link to start your application: https://sssandtadsfa.force.com/familyportal.  The SSS school code is 3286.

  1. December 15: Submit the Parent Financial Statement (PFS)
  2. December 15: Upload 2021 Federal Tax Returns and a Signed Form 4506-T
  3. February 7: Upload 2022 W'2 and/or 1099s
  4. April 15: Upload 2022 Federal Tax Returns

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is eligible for need-based financial aid?
Friends Academy offers financial aid to qualifying families with students entering Kindergarten through Grade 12. Our financial aid program is need-based, and grants are awarded to families of qualified admission candidates who demonstrate financial need.

2. What makes a financial aid application complete?
A financial aid application is complete once the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), tax documentation (1040 and W2’s), a 4506 Form, and a recent pay stub are submitted.

3. How are financial aid grants determined?
Need-based financial aid is granted at the school’s discretion and takes into account each family’s unique financial situation as demonstrated through income, assets, expenses, etc. Financial aid awards are only allocated once the SSS file is complete. Upon review of the file, other documentation may be required.

4. Will my application for financial aid impact my admission decision?
Decisions about admission and financial aid are made separately, but information about an award will accompany the decision letter.

5. What do I do if I cannot afford the grant being offered?
Families may appeal their financial aid award by writing to the Director of Enrollment Management and Financial Aid. A letter of appeal should include a detailed explanation as to why the decision is being appealed, along with any additional documentation that will support the request.

6. Will I continue to receive financial aid for the duration of my student's tenure at Friends Academy?
Financial aid grants are valid for that academic year only, and families must re-submit an updated PFS and documents annually to determine eligibility. Families receiving aid can reasonably expect continued support in line with what they have been receiving, assuming their financial circumstances remain consistent.

Inclusive Meal Plan

As part of our inclusive tuition plan, all students, from Kindergarten through twelfth grade receive a daily hot lunch in our Dining Commons. Students have a variety of choices, including salad bar, hot lunch, sandwiches and grill station. Click here for Weekly Menus.

Early Childhood children bring their lunch to eat in the Early Childhood Center kitchen space.

In-class Snacks: All students in Grades Kindergarten - 5th grade are served a light snack either mid-morning or mid-afternoon in their classrooms. Middle School students are offered fresh fruit during the day.

Purchasing breakfast and snacks: Both breakfast and afternoon snack items are available for purchase in the Dining Commons. All Lower School students receive a daily snack, which is eaten in the classroom. Middle School students enjoy fresh fruit at the end of the school day.

Questions: Contact Food Services Manager Christina Mariakais at 516-393-4233 or christina_mariakais@fa.org.

Friends Academy dining services are provided by Flik Independent School Dining. Flik and Friends Academy work in tandem to promote and enhance the school's health and wellness and sustainability programs.

2022 Financial Aid Family Night Presentation – SSS

Please click below to watch: 

Family Night 2022 - Understanding Financial Aid

How Private and Independent Schools Create Access to Educational Opportunity

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For further information, please contact us in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office at: admissions@fa.org 

 
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2022-23 Tuition & Fees

Friends Academy has an inclusive tuition plan (ITP). The stated tuition for grades K through 12 includes all mandatory fees and the meal plan.

Lower School:
PlayGroup: $19,200
PreKindergarten: $25,900
Kindergarten: $30,000
Grades 1-4: $35,300

Middle School:
Grades 5-8: $39,000

 

 

Upper School:
Grades 9-12: $42,800

 

 

Apply for the 2023-24 School Year

Early Notice Deadline: Dec. 15, 2022

Regular Application Deadline: January 15, 2023

Please follow the process below for all applications to Friends Academy:

Matriculation Fees

Note that a 10% deposit is required with all enrollment contracts.

Matriculation Fees for New Enrollees:

Playgroup/Pre-K: $300

Kindergarten – 4th Grade: $400

5th Grade – 8th Grade: $500

9th Grade – 12th Grade: $600

 

Apply Online

Online applications for 2023-2024 school year are now available through our online application system (Ravenna). To apply, kindly create a user account and search for Friends Academy in the Ravenna school directory. All required forms and steps are online. 

Interview

Once we receive your application, we will call you to schedule a virtual parent meeting.
And students applying to:

  • Early Childhood and Kindergarten: We will contact you to schedule a virtual screening.
    • Playgroup: 3 years of age by September 1
    • Pre-Kindergarten: 4 years of age by September 1
    • Kindergarten: 5 years of age by September 1
  • Grades 1-4: We will contact you to set up a virtual screening.
  • Grades 5-8: We will contact you to set up a virtual Student Interview.
  • Grades 9-12: We will contact you to set up a virtual Student Interview with an Admission Team member or Upper School faculty member. 

Required Forms

Transcript Release Form and Teacher Recommendation Forms are completed through our online application system. An applicant file is complete when all required forms have been received and the screening/interview is complete. Kindly notify your child’s school that we require the current year’s first-semester report card, report cards for the last 3 years, and all standardized test results for the last 3 years (if applicable). Additionally, students applying for Grades 5-12 must complete the Student Questionnaire online in Ravenna.

Register for SSAT (Student applying to Grades 6-11)

Information regarding the Secondary School Admissions Test (SSAT) may be found at www.ssat.org. All test scores must be sent directly from SSAT to Friends Academy. The Friends Academy school code is 3286.

 

Start the Application

Download the new Friends Academy Viewbook!

Get an in-depth look at who we are and what we value. Our viewbook gives you insight into:

  • Our mission and philosophy
  • Our community
  • Day-to-day life at Friends Academy
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About Our Campus

Located on a beautiful 65-acre campus in the heart of Locust Valley, facilities include the Dolan Center, which houses a state-of-the-art 400-seat theater, art studios and our dining hall; separate buildings for Upper, Middle, Lower schools and the Little Friends Infant & Toddler Center; the Athletic Center with adjacent fields for soccer, field hockey, baseball, softball, football and track, as well as tennis courts; and the three-story, modern Kumar Wang Learning Commons that houses more than 50,000 volumes, a web-based catalog system, e-readers and laptop loan program.

We offer a campus-wide wireless network, various computer labs, a renovated gymnasium, field house (featuring brand-new locker room facilities) and extensive athletic fields.

Get ready to open a new door