Welcome, Parents of Friends Academy!

Welcome to the Friends Academy Parent Information page, the place to find everything – from school forms to permission slips, handbooks, and what's for lunch.
Below, please find information that pertains to multiple divisions in our community.
  1. All-School Welcome Letters
    • Head of School Paul J. Stellato Posted in August
    • Director of Student Life Camille S. Edwards Posted in August
    • Director of Diversity, Equity + Inclusion Nailah Moonsammy Posted in August
    • Director of Arts Andrew Geha Posted in August
    • Interim Director of Athletics Matt Johnsen
  2. Upcoming dates/events
  3. Friends Academy Dress Code
  1. Health Forms
  2. Athletics
  3. Friends Academy Guidelines
  4. Lunch Menu and Food Services
  5. Busing and late buses
  6. Parent Programs
  7. Academic concerns
  8. Tuition Refund Plan
  9. Tuition Monthly Payment Plan Form
  10. Security Procedures & Protocols

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Mark Schoeffel, Upper School Principal

Below, please find information that pertains to our Upper School families:
  1. Welcome Letter to our new Upper School Families 
    – Upper School Principal Mark Schoeffel
  2. Whom to Contact in the Upper School
  3. Academics
  4. Placement Test Info and Dates:
    • Language Exam:
      • New Students: June 6 from 3:30-5:30 pm; June 10 from 2-4 pm
    • Math Exam:
      • New Students: June 7 from 3:30-4:30 pm and June 12 from 2-3 pm
      • Current Students who are looking to take Honors classes next year: June 10 from 11 am to noon
      • Final Summer Placement Exam: August 26 (for Summer Admits & others)
  1. Summer 2024 Athletic Conditioning and Fitness Schedule & Information
  2. Fall 2024 Upper School Athletics Information (Forms may be found online and are live 30 days before each season begins.  Physicals can be uploaded to Magnus Health – log in to the password-protected Parent Portal – as soon as they are completed.  NOTE: Students must have a current physical to participate in a sport.)
  3. Friends Academy Arts Preseason Info – Available in early August
  4. Upper School Orientations – Thurs. Aug. 29
    • All 9th Grade (new and returning)
    • New 10th and 11th Grade 
  5. 2024-25 School hours: 8:00 am - 3:05 pm
  6. Senior Driving

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Christine Saunders, Middle School Principal

Below, please find information that pertains to our Middle School families:
  1. Back to School 2024-25 Information for Families – Posted in August
  2. Welcome New Families – Middle School Principal Christine Saunders
  3. Whom to Contact in the Middle School
  4. Summer 2024 Assignments
  5. 2024-25 Course of Study
  6. Athletics
  7. School Hours: 
    • Students may arrive at 7:30 am
    • Advisory begins at 8:00 am (mandatory)
    • Dismissal at 3:15 pm

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Rik Dugan, Interim Lower School Principal

Below, please find information that pertains to our Lower School families:
  1. Back to School 2024-25 Information for Families – to be posted in August
  2. Welcome New Lower School Families! – Interim Lower School Principal Rik Dugan, coming soon.
  3. Lower School Questions?
    • Please contact Lower School Administrative Assistant Jess Robbins at 516-393-4230 or jess_robbins@fa.org
  4. Summer 2024 Assignments
  5. 2024-25 Course of Study
  6. School Hours:
    • Early Childhood – 8 am to 2:45 pm
    • K/1/2 – 8 am to 3:10 pm
    • 3/4 – 8 am to 3:20 pm
  7. 2024-25 Dining:
    • Early Childhood students bring non-heated lunch and eat in their classrooms
    • K-4 students eat in our main dining hall Commons and have a choice of hot and cold lunch options, as well as a weekly dessert
  8. Lower School Dismissal FormWill be available in August 2024
  9. Our After 3 & Weekend programs

Parent Tools

Log in to My BackPack (the Parent Portal)

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Lunch Menus

Breakfast and afternoon snack items are available for purchase in the Dining Commons during the school year.

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Student & Parent Handbook

General info on school practices and guidelines as well as specific info for each school division.

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2024-25 Dress Code

Our values of Simplicity and Equity guide us in creating a dress code that strengthens our school community. 

Friends Academy Parent FAQs

"How Do I?" FAQ

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What is Magnus Health?

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Friends Academy uses Magnus Health, which is the electronic storage system for our students' medical records and is accessed via the FA Parent Portal. Visit this site to complete your child's Vital Health Records, and upload your child's physical examination and immunizations. NOTE FOR NEW FAMILIES: Log-in information will be emailed the week of July 11th.

What are the Security Procedures & Protocols?

School Safety & Security Plan

Early Dismissal protocol for parents

Bus Companies and Emergency phone numbers

In the event of inclement weather, the following protocols will go into effect:

  1. Parents will receive a direct phone call with a recorded message from the Head of School via the school's phone alert system.
  2. FA's status will be posted as a pop-up window on the FA website.
  3. FA's status will be available on Cablevision and FIOS - watch the closings and delays crawl on the television or go to the websites for News12 Long Island or FIOS1.

FA's first line of communication is the phone alert system. If you do not receive a call and are concerned about the safety of the driving conditions, please check the FA website, News12 Long Island, or FIOS1.

Online Safety & Privacy

Below, please find helpful resources for protecting privacy and staying safe online.

Quick Links

Calendar

Broken out by Lower, Middle, and Upper School events.

Athletics Schedule

Including today's games and info about directions to games.

Register your student on rSchoolToday

Directory of Colleagues

A searchable directory of all employees at Friends Academy.

Make a Gift

We rely on the shared commitment from all in our community to support our Quaker mission.

Diversity Grant Fund

The Diversity Grant Fund provides funds for expenses and fees that are part of a student's educational experiences but are not covered by financial aid.

The Parent Community at

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The Friends Academy experience is built upon a deeply engrained foundation of community, one of our Quaker Testimonies. 

We are a community that looks for the best in all of its members and that celebrates the wide variety of gifts and talents they have to share. We are a community that encourages students to aim high, to try new things, to push beyond the known and safe to new levels of achievement, all within a strong network of support that helps students get up to try again when they fall. Students are free to fully explore their potential as individuals because they learn in an atmosphere of trust and respect. They form bonds of friendship that will last a lifetime.

There is also an interconnected community among the parents and caregivers at Friends Academy. OUr Parent Council aims to strengthen our community ties by maintaining a close working relationship among parents/caregivers, faculty, administration, and trustees. All parents of current students are automatically members. The Parent Council welcomes families to volunteer and participate in its various activities and welcomes each opinion and point of view.

Volunteer for a 2023-24 Parent Council Committee!

Our parents and caregivers are a vital part of our Quaker school community. Explore how our families learn more about Quakerism and their children's experience in a Quaker school in this video. 

2024-2025 Parent Council Executive Board

President - Allie Pritti
Executive Vice President - Cathy Dorego
Executive Secretary - Phaedra Kazanas
Treasurer - Kerri Grasso
Assistant Treasurer - Meera Mehta

Lower School VP - Jonathan Ortiz
Lower School Asst. VP - Emily Silverstein
Lower School Secretary -  Franki Doshi

Middle School VP - Jennifer Ross
Middle School Asst. VP - Liting Chen
Middle School Secretary -  Sue Mandel

Upper School VP - Adina Eigen
Upper School Asst. VP -  Alton Brown
Upper School Secretary - Carol Marcell

2024-2025 DEIJ Parent Committee

Coming soon!

2024-2025 Class Representatives

Lower School

  • Play Group – Christina Snipas and Maria Karageorgiou
  • Pre-Kindergarten – Stephanie Yohe and Jen Tytel (Wolf)
  • Kindergarten – Jennifer Squire and Melissa Alber
  • 1st Grade – Olivia Pisano and Kristin Schneider
  • 2nd Grade – Liz Witthuhn and Gabriella Gargagliano
  • 3rd Grade – Amy Younai and Kara Kelly
  • 4th Grade – Kylie Southall and Kara Kelly

Middle School

  • 5th Grade – Sharon Bergstein and Ebony Barrett
  • 6th Grade – Carolyn Mott and Christine Pelletier
  • 7th Grade – Christine Cohen and Nancy Destefano
  • 8th Grade – Brooke Russakoff and Claudia Roth

Upper School

  • 9th Grade – Jennifer Woods and Danielle Smith
  • 10th Grade – Kui Huang and Hayley Rejwan
  • 11th Grade – Dana Brett and Amanda Berritto
  • 12th Grade – Eileen Ennis and Claudia Paris

2023-24 Parent Council Calendar

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A Family's Guide to a Quaker Education

What is Quakerism really about, and what makes it so unique?

In this guide, we'll explore:

  • What's important to understand about Quaker values and beliefs
  • How Quakers have always been progressive and forward-thinking leaders
  • The benefits of an inquiry-based Quaker education
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