"We prepare students to engage in the world that is and to help bring about a world that ought to be."
Exhilarating. Awesome. Inspiring. These are just a few words which describe Friends Seminary. As a Quaker school, and as NYC’s oldest continuous 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. Scroll down to see some interesting facts about our community.

233

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.

773

STUDENTS

270 Lower School (K-4)
222 Middle School (5-8)
281 Upper School (9-12)
35% Students of color

During the school year,

174 free dinners are donated to the Friends Homeless Shelter.
174 free breakfasts are served to the Friends community.

1

CENTER FOR PEACE EQUITY AND JUSTICE

Friends Seminary's Center for Peace. Equity and Justice supports student and faculty development of the core values of equality, diversity and community engagement, which reflects Quaker Testimonies and their accompanying legacy of activism. The Center brings together academic, social and cultural programs that contribute to wider movements for social change.

4,044

ACTIVE ALUMNI

31

ATHLETIC TEAMS

15 Varsity, 3 Junior Varsity, 13 Middle School

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

84%

of graduates were accepted to their top three schools.

$5.5

MILLION

FINANCIAL AID BUDGET

20% of students receive financial aid

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MISSION

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

170

FACULTY and STAFF

85% Faculty hold advanced degrees
8:1 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 2017-2018, Upper School students collectively logged more than 7,500 volunteer hours.

11 Upper School courses integrate service into their curricula.

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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 and France. In 2018-2019, students and teachers will travel to Taiwan and India, as well to the Deep South to visit four cities which played critical roles in the Civil Rights Movement.

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PERFORMING ARTS CLASSES

Including: Acting, Playwriting, Directing, Public Speaking, Choreography, Theater for Social Change, 4 annual drama productions and several dance and music concerts.

MEAN SAT SCORES

710 Reading and Writing
700 Mathematics

MEAN ACT SCORES

32 Composite

7

BUILDINGS ON CAMPUS

Highlights Include:

  • Landmarked Meetinghouse
  • K –12 Library and Media Center
  • Chapman Academic Center
  • 6 K-12 Science Labs
  • Digital Media Lab
  • 2 Visual Arts Galleries
  • Gym with 80 ft. Climbing Wall
  • Turfed Sky Field
  • Black Box Theater
  • K-6 Makery
  • Dance Studio

370

TONS OF STEEL

Campus Redevelopment Project

  • Fully ADA Accessible campus
  • Multipurpose Great Room
  • New Flexible Classrooms
  • Rooftop Greenhouse and Garden
  • Upper School Commons and Terrace
  • Upper School Entryway
  • Fitness Center
  • New STEM Labs
  • Expanded Lower School Library
  • New Music Suite
  • Collaborative Spaces
  • Yoga and Dance Studio
  • Dedicated Space for Center for Peace, Equity and Justice

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YEARS OF OUTDOOR EDUCATION

45+

STUDENT-LED ORGANIZATIONS

5

Languages

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

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
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