Oakwood Friends School

22 Spackenkill Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Tel: 18454624200
  • "Everybody smiles a lot. That's one of the first things you'll notice at Oakwood Friends School.
  • Perhaps it's because Oakwood emphasizes individuality, not uniformity. Held high is respect for the value of each student, teacher and staff member.
  • The resulting spirit of common trust enables an honest, open exchange of ideas among all campus members".

Upcoming Events and News:

  • Oakwood Friends School graduation June 10, 2016 - 06/13/2016 - Oakwood Friends School graduates 34 Seniors this year from around the world under the copper beach graduation tree.
  • Fox New's Juan Williams '72 returns to Oakwood - 05/10/2017 - Nationally known journalist, author, political analyst and regular panelist on the Fox News Channel, alumnus Juan Williams returned to Oakwood Friends School to present the Caroline "Dash" Davis Gleiter `51 Lecture on Social Justice. 

    A contributor to Fox News ...more
  • Oakwood students stage 'Stockholm Syndrome' an original musical - 05/10/2017 - Stockholm Syndrome," an original musical combining the music of Swedish pop group Roxette with a book and additional music created and written by Oakwood Friends School music teacher, Ted Messerschmidt.  The musical tells the story of a young American model wh...more

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
Oakwood FriendsBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-127-12
Grades Offered (Day)6-125-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)YesYes
Religious AffiliationQuakerNon-denominational
Year Founded17961910
Campus Size63 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment165 students300 students
% Students of Color
20%
20%
% International Students
30%
20%
% Students Boarding
57%
68%
Average SAT Score1615* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score22*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size13 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:31:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered717
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
73%
70%
Summer Program OfferedNoYes

Finances

Endowment Size$3 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,319$53,300
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$32,118
(Middle School Day = 26200)
$28,560
Tuition international students$61,473$47,500
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$49,234$38,200
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant21275$22,700
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineNone / RollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredNoYes
Director of AdmissionsNicolas Ugarte

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered717
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP French, AP Spanish

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered914
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations3223
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Academic Committee, Academic World Quest, Animal Rights Club, Animation Club, Book Club, Business Club, Chess Club, Drama Club, Friends (S.P.I.C.E.) Club, Garden Club, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Judicial Committee, Library Committee, Model United Nations, Nominating Committee, Oakword Literary Magazine, School Spirit Club, Spectrum, Student Government, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Table Top Gaming Club, Tea Club, Yearbook Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Calligraphy Club, Orchestra

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance Club, Fitness Club, Martial Arts, Parks Club, Running Club, Ski Club, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 201210 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Drexel University4
Goucher College4
New York University4
Boston University3
George Washington University3
School of the Art Institute of Chicago3
SUNY Purchase3
University of California, Irvine3
Vassar College3
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute2

School Notes

  • Oakwood Friends School, guided by Quaker principles, educates and strengthens young people for lives of conscience, compassion and accomplishment. Students experience a challenging curriculum within a diverse community dedicated to nurturing the spirit, the scholar, the artist and the athlete in each person. In striving to fulfill its mission, Oakwood Friends School provides rigorous academic preparation based on primary texts and hands-on learning respects the minds and imaginations of students and focuses on intellectual skills and habits
  • encourages powerful thinkers whose abilities are nurtured through artful teaching, thoughtful assessment, and individual attention
  • fosters an accepting environment based upon the Quaker principle that each individual is worthy and capable of meaningful insight and truth
  • provides an array of opportunities in the arts, athletics, and learning experiences beyond the campus to encourage creativity, self-expression, cooperation, and team-work guides students toward the responsibilities of community life and community involvement, through leadership and service both on the campus and beyond creates and sustains a vibrant residential and educational community that embraces students in grades six through twelve as well as faculty and families representing every stage of life and a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds.
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia / Language~based or Mild Learning Differences
  • School accreditations: NYSAIS; NAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Juan Williams - Political Commentator, Journalist, Author
    • Hugo Sonnenschein - President Emeritus, University of Chicago
    • Mark Strand - Pulitzer Prize winning poet and former Poet Laureate of the United States
    • Bonnie Raitt - Musician, Political Activist
    • Jarvis, Thomas and Peter Rockwell - Sons of painter Norman Rockwell
    • Robert Turner - Internationally known ceramist
    • Lucretia Mott - An American Quaker, abolitionist, a women's rights activist, and a social reformer. She will be on the newly designed US $10 bill!
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