"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."
Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year at Friends Seminary — our 234th!
Founded in 1786, almost concurrently with the founding of our country, Friends has remained a steady beacon of education and values in New York City. As we celebrate this long-standing commitment, we are mindful of our responsibility to continually nurture and grow our school.
This school year began with even more celebration than usual, as we opened the doors to a Campus Reimagined. (Watch a video of opening day here.) This momentous occasion marked the completion of the Campus Redevelopment Project, through which our facilities were enhanced with 83,000 square feet of new and improved program space. In addition to the Townhouse renovation, over the course of the 5-year project we have also added two floors to our main school building, Hunter Hall, and have renovated our Gym with a new floor, scoreboard and climbing wall, underscoring our commitment to physical education and athletics.
We are happy to report that with this project’s completion, Friends Seminary is now 100% ADA accessible — a long-held goal that we are proud to have achieved. We have also created a dedicated space for the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice, which oversees all of our values-based programming, as well as a true home for the Upper School — including new locker alcoves, a student commons and terrace. Other highlights from the Townhouse project include a Great Room for classes, meetings, lectures and performances that can seat up to 250 people; an Archive to house records and artifacts from the School's 234-year history; new, purpose-built fitness, dance and music rooms; and light-filled, modern classrooms with flexible seating and walls to facilitate collaboration. Check out this video for a look inside!
As our students, faculty and administrative staff settle into our new spaces and go about the important work of learning and growing together throughout this academic year, our strategic plan, Reimagining This Place Called School, continues to guide us as we focus on collaborative learning, engineering and global education initiatives. I am also proud to announce that our all-school mission-driven theme for this school year, Taking Care, will focus our community on student health and wellness, as well as stewardship of our resources and environment.
This is an exciting time for Friends Seminary, and I can’t wait to share it with you. To see what's happening at Friends, follow us on Facebook and Instagram for almost daily updates as we move toward an ever brighter future. I wish you a fulfilling and exciting year.