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
  2. Upcoming dates/events
  3. Friends Academy Dress Code
  4. Health Forms
  5. Athletics
  6. Friends Academy Guidelines
  7. Lunch Menu and Food Services
  8. Busing and late buses
  9. Parent Programs
  10. Academic concerns
  11. Tuition Refund Plan
  12. Tuition Monthly Payment Plan Form
  13. Security Procedures & Protocols

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Mark Schoeffel, Upper School Principal

Below, please find information that pertains to our Upper School families:
  1. Back-t0-School 2023-24 Information for Families
  2. Welcome Letter to our new Upper School Families 
    – Upper School Principal Mark Schoeffel
  3. Whom to Contact in the Upper School
  4. Academics
  5. Placement Test Info and Dates:
    • Language Exam: August 22nd at 2 pm
    • Math Exam: August 23rd at 2 pm
  6. Summer Athletic Conditioning and Fitness Schedule & Information
  7. Fall 2023 Upper School Athletics Information
  8. Friends Academy Arts Preseason Info – Available in early August
  9. Upper School Orientations – Mon. Aug. 28
    • All 9th Grade (new and returning) – 10:30 am to 3 pm (students can start arriving at 10 am)
    • New 10th and 11th Grade – 11 am to 3 pm (Theater)
  10. 2023-24 School hours: 8:05 am - 3:05 pm
  11. Senior Driving

Christine Saunders, Middle School Principal

Below, please find information that pertains to our Middle School families:
  1. Back to School 2023-24 Information for Families
  2. Welcome New Families – Middle School Principal Christine Saunders
  3. Whom to Contact in the Middle School
  4. Summer 2023 Assignments
  5. 2023-24 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

Dot Woo, Lower School Principal

Below, please find information that pertains to our Lower School families:
  1. Back to School 2023-24 Information for Families
  2. Welcome New Lower School Families! – Lower School Principal Dot Woo
  3. Lower School Questions?
    • Please contact Lower School Administrative Assistant Jess Robbins at 516-393-4230 or jess_robbins@fa.org
  4. Summer 2023 Assignments
  5. 2023-24 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. 2023-24 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 2023
  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.

lower school writing in classroom

Student & Parent Handbook

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


2023-24 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

"How Do I?..."


What is Magnus Health?


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


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

Friends Academy

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. 

2023-2024 Parent Council Executive Board

President - Bettina Saad
Executive Vice President - Allie Pritti
Executive Secretary - Claudia Paris
Treasurer - Ron Roth
Assistant Treasurer - Kerri Grasso

Lower School VP - Emily Silverstein
Lower School Asst. VP - Rana Henderson
Lower School Secretary -  Leslie French

Middle School VP - Anna DeNatale
Middle School Asst. VP - Jennifer Ross
Middle School Secretary -  Shayee Awoyomi

Upper School VP - Kimberly Bohner
Upper School Asst. VP -  Milton Williams
Upper School Secretary - Jennifer Adoni

2023-2024 DEIJ Parent Committee

Co-clerk – Rana Henderson
Co-clerk – Yuisa Montanez
Co-clerk – Gemma Lee

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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