Welcome to Friends Academy!
Open a new door in your student’s academic journey with an educational experience committed to the highest standards of learning and living.
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.
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.
K-12 Private School, High School, and College Prep School
(In Nassau County)
Student to teacher ratio
Faculty with PH.D's and master's degrees
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.
- December 15: Submit the Parent Financial Statement (PFS)
- December 15: Upload 2021 Federal Tax Returns and a Signed Form 4506-T
- February 7: Upload 2022 W'2 and/or 1099s
- 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.
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.
Grades 1-4: $35,300
Grades 5-8: $39,000
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:
Note that a 10% deposit is required with all enrollment contracts.
Matriculation Fees for New Enrollees:
Kindergarten – 4th Grade: $400
5th Grade – 8th Grade: $500
9th Grade – 12th Grade: $600
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.
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.
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.
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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.