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FOUNDED IN 1876 by Gideon Frost for “the children of Friends and those similarly sentimented, ” Friends Academy is a Quaker, coeducational, independent, college-preparatory school for students age three through twelfth grade. Our philosophy is based in the principles of integrity, simplicity, patience, moderation, peaceful resolution of conflict, and a belief that the silence and simple ministry of the “gathered meeting” bring the presence of God into the midst of our busy lives. Friends is committed to developing a diverse community whose members value excellence in learning and growth in knowledge and skills. We are also committed to service and ethical action, and to an understanding that every life is to be explored, celebrated and enjoyed in the spirit of the Religious Society of Friends.
Commitment to Diversity:

We believe each student is a valued individual with unique intellectual, physical, social and emotional needs.  The Friends Academy community values the Quaker principles of equality, integrity, responsibility and mutual respect and is committed to developing well educated and engaged students in a respectful, positive and supportive environment.

We value the diversity of students and families of different backgrounds, race, color, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, family structure, economic background and faith traditions which contribute to a transformative education.  We strive to help students work together in order to prepare them to be leaders in a diverse world and encourage them to model behavior based on acceptance, appreciation and understanding. We seek to make Friends Academy a microcosm of the better world we hope to create.”

Friends Academy is dedicated to the following:

  • Providing support for all students through mentoring programs, outreach and recruitment and programs for skill development.
  • Actively supporting diversity recruitment initiatives across all three divisions.
  • Attracting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff that mirrors that of our student body.
  • Working with faculty and staff and areas of student life to ensure our programs reflect a multicultural world.


Founded in 1876 by Gideon Frost for “the children of Friends and those similarly sentimented,” Friends Academy is a Quaker, coeducational, independent, college preparatory school serving 780 students from age three through twelfth grade.  

Frost fervently believed in the Quaker way of life, speaking out against war and capital punishment. His personal reasons for establishing Friends College (as it was called) “During many years I had a desire to establish a seminary of learning in which the children of Friends and others similarly sentimented could receive literary and scientific instruction upon principles in accordance with the teaching of the Scriptures…”


Friends Academy is located in Locust Valley on the north shore of Long Island. Situated on 65 acres, the school features four separate facilities for Early Childhood, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School; the Helen A. Dolan Center that is home to the Arts, a state-of-the-art 400-seat Theater and the dining Commons; a three-story glass-enclosed library, Main Gym and Fieldhouse, playing fields, track and tennis courts.

Students and Faculty:

Friends Academy families hail from over 50 different school districts across Long Island and Queens and reflect a multitude of faiths. Students of color at FA represent 32% of the student body. Eighteen percent of all families receive some form of financial aid. The faculty is the school’s finest resource. It numbers 117 full-time and part-time teachers; 93 hold masters degrees and 6 hold doctorates.







Friends Academy, Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY, United States

Friends Academy, Duck Pond Road, Locust Valley, NY, United States