a school where students are affirmed for who they are and who they can become, where academics inspire and challenge, where students are encouraged to dig deeply and broadly, where community and giving back loom large, where students learn resiliency, process and engagement. Imagine Friends Seminary.
As a Quaker school, and as NYC’s oldest continuously operated, coeducational school, Friends is distinguished by a legacy of intellectual vibrancy informed by Quaker values of integrity, equality, simplicity, community, service and peaceful conflict resolution. Optimism and a “can do” attitude resonate throughout the school — whether it be grappling with a literary analysis, competing on the soccer field, or proactively supporting an important social issue. Friends students have the confidence to “go for it”, to problem solve and push reset when needed. At Friends, the joy of teaching, learning and engagement is a palpable experience.
As we begin our 234th year, we eagerly open our doors to a transformed and newly renovated campus. Exciting highlights include a new Upper School building; a K-12 Skyfield; an Upper School Student Commons and outdoor terrace, new flexible and open classrooms; a multi-purpose K-12 Great Room; a K-6 Makery; the Center for Peace, Equity and Justice; a K-12 rooftop greenhouse garden; several new community spaces; and the list goes on. In the greater context, taking care of our physical campus fits hand in glove with taking care of our students, our community and ourselves with mindfulness and balance — our school-wide theme for this year. As with every undertaking at Friends, Quaker values set the foundation on which we build.
Please visit us on East 16th Street and experience the intellectual energy and welcoming community of Friends Seminary. We’re excited to show you our brand new, old school!