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

Academic Center

Open to all students in Grades 7-12, the Chapman Academic Center, funded in part by a gift from the Class of 2008, supports the Friends academic program by providing faculty “coaches,” who assist students with assignments, and peer tutors, who work with students under the supervision of the staff. During the 2020-2021 Academic Year, Academic Center offerings are available in a virtual environment, through Zoom. Students are able to drop-in or make appointments for individual Zoom meetings with faculty or peer tutors throughout the school day, and before and after school. Supporting the School's curriculum and collaborating closely with faculty, the Academic Center serves all students - both those who excel and those who strive toward excellence.

Homework Cafe

The Academic Center also organizes a virtual "Homework Cafe," a dedicated Zoom Meeting Room after school hours where students can work together in breakout rooms, finish homework, and chat informally with adults in the community outside the structures of class. In the virtual environment, it is often difficult to find ways of simulating unstructured time and organic interactions among peers and staff. The Homework Cafe provides one "space" where students might do so.

About Mariana Wright Chapman

A Quaker, Mariana Wright Chapman attended Friends Seminary in the early 1850s. She went on to become the President of the New York State Suffrage Association. She was also a charter member of the New York League for Political Education, and was instrumental in founding the Friends Equal Rights Association.


Academic Center

Monday: 8-8:45 AM; 11:25 AM - 3 PM
Tuesday: 8-8:45 AM; 11:25 AM - 4 PM
Wednesday: 12-4 PM
Thursday: 8-8:45 AM; 11:25 AM - 4 PM

Friday: 8-8:45 AM; 11:25 AM - 3 PM

Homework Cafe

Monday: 5:30-7 PM
Tuesday: 4-7 PM
Wednesday: 4-7 PM
Thursday: 4-7 PM

Contact Us

Clayton Raithel
Academic Center Director

Coleman Hall
Math Instructor

Tom Fagin
English Instructor

John Byrne
Writing Instructor
Friends Seminary — the oldest continuously operated, coeducational school in NYC — serves college-bound day students in Kindergarten-Grade 12.

222 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003
P: 212-979-5030
F: 212.979.5034