"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."
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235

YEARS OF QUAKER EDUCATION

Founded ten years after the birth of our nation, Friends Seminary is the oldest continuously operated, independent, co-educational school in New York City.

789

STUDENTS

266 Lower School (K-4)
226 Middle School (5-8)
297 Upper School (9-12)

37%

STUDENTS OF COLOR

1

CENTER FOR PEACE EQUITY AND JUSTICE

Grounded in the Quaker values of equality, diversity and community engagement, cpej supports academic, social, and cultural programs which contribute to wider movements for social change.

4,175

ACTIVE ALUMNI

29

ATHLETIC TEAMS

14 Varsity, 2 Junior Varsity, 13 Middle School

Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Spring and Indoor Track, Cross-Country, Volleyball

93%

of graduates were accepted to one of their top three schools.

20

Most Attended Institutions (2015-2020)

Bard College
Bowdoin College
Brown University
University of Chicago
Cornell University
Hamilton College
Haverford College
Kenyon College
Middlebury College
New York University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
University of Pennsylvania
Tufts University
Vassar College
University of Virginia
Washington University, St. Louis
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Yale University

$6.4

MILLION

FINANCIAL AID BUDGET (2020-2021)


22%

OF STUDENTS

RECEIVE FINANCIAL AID

1

MISSION

To prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be.

181

FACULTY and STAFF

80% Faculty hold advanced degrees
7:1 Student/faculty ratio
12 Class size of Grade 9 English
15 Average Upper School class size

15

STEPS TO NATURE

Stuyvesant Square, a beautiful four-acre park, borders the east end of campus, and punctuates the tranquility that surrounds our neighborhood.

7,500

SERVICE HOURS

Service Learning and Public Purpose is an integral part of the culture at Friends. In 2019-2020, Upper School students collectively logged more than 7,500 volunteer hours.

11 Upper School courses integrate service into their curricula.
168 Meals per school year donated to the Friends Shelter.
168 Free breakfasts per school year for the Friends community.

13

Global Education Trips

Over the past five years, students and teachers participated in 12 global education immersion experiences, with countries including Peru, Nepal, Jordan, China, Germany, Israel, Morocco, South Africa, Colombia, France, India and Taiwan. In 2019-2020, students and teachers will travel to Panama.

MORE THAN

15

CLASSES IN MUSIC, THEATER AND DANCE

Including: Acting, Playwriting, Directing, Public Speaking, Choreography, Theater for Social Change.

9

ANNUAL PRODUCTIONS AND CONCERTS

MEAN SAT SCORES

699 Reading and Writing
692 Mathematics

MEAN ACT SCORES

33 Composite

1

TRANSFORMED CAMPUS

COMPLETED SEPTEMBER 2019

Highlights Include:

  • 100% ADA accessibility
  • New Upper School Building
  • Two new Middle School floors
  • Upper School Commons and Terrace
  • New flexible classrooms
  • Center for Peace, Equity and Justice
  • New flexible classrooms
  • Turfed Skyfield
  • Fitness Center Academic Center
  • Music Suite
  • Dance and Yoga Studio
  • K-6 Makery
  • Collaborative spaces
  • K-12 Rooftop Greenhouse and Garden
  • K-12 Multipurpose Great Room

Other Campus Highlights:

  • 1860 landmarked Meetinghouse
  • K-12 Gym with 80 ft. Climbing Wall Library and Media Center
  • Six K-12 Science Labs
  • Lower School Library
  • Digital Media Lab
  • 7-12 STEM lab
  • Two Visual Arts Galleries
  • Blackbox Theater

41

YEARS OF OUTDOOR EDUCATION

45+

STUDENT-LED ORGANIZATIONS

5

WORLD LANGUAGES ANCIENT AND MODERN

Friends was the first NYC independent school to introduce Arabic in 2008.

$0

At no additional cost, students in Grades 11 and 12 are eligible to enroll in NYU courses for high school credit.

$33

MILLION

ENDOWMENT AS OF
JUNE 2019


$48.3

MILLION

OPERATING BUDGET
(2020-2021)

Friends Seminary actively promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in all its programs and operations, including admissions, financial aid, hiring, and all facets of the educational experience. To form a community which strives to reflect the world’s diversity, we do not discriminate on the basis of race or color, religion, nationality, ethnicity, economic background, physical ability, sex, gender identity or expression, or sexual orientation. Friends Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.

Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.
FRIENDS SEMINARY
222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
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