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 installs solar array - Poughkeepsie Journal - 06/07/2016 - Oakwood Friends School has partnered with Solar City to install a 2-acre solar array on campus, part of its efforts “to become a more sustainable, energy efficient ...           
  • Earthshare Day & Celebration of Lakota Culture with Tiokasin Ghosthorse - 06/07/2016 - A featured part of the Earth Week celebration was a visit by Tiokasin Ghosthorse, a Lakota activist, musician and nationally syndicated radio host, and assistance from Lakota Oakwood sophomore Shai Black Bird. Ghosthorse conducted a three-day residency, raisin...more
  • Oakwood student chosen for internatioanal philosphy competition - 06/07/2016 - Caroline Norfleet of Croton-on-Hudson, a senior at Oakwood Friends School, Poughkeepsie, was one of two students chosen nationally to compete in the International Philosophy Olympiad (IPO) to be held in Ghent, Belgium May 12-15.
  • 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 
2016 School Data
Oakwood Friends Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 9-12
Grades Offered (Day) 6-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Quaker Non-denominational
Year Founded 1796 1910
Campus Size 63 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 165 students 298 students
% Students of Color
20%
20%
% International Students
30%
20%
% Students Boarding
57%
68%
Average SAT Score 1615 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 22 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 13 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:3 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 7 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
73%
70%
Summer Program Offered No Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $3 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,319 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$30,422
(Middle School Day = 25686)
$28,500
Tuition international students $58,322 $47,000
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$46,325 $38,000
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $21,275 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of AdmissionsMark Blackman
Associate Director of AdmissionsSusan Masciale-Lynch

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 7 16
CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP French, AP Spanish

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 8 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 31 23
ExtracurricularsAcademic Committee, Academic World Quest, Animal Rights Club, Animation Club, Book Club, Business Club, Calligraphy Club, Chess Club, Dance Club, Drama Club, Fitness Club, Friends (S.P.I.C.E.) Club, Garden Club, Judicial Committee, Library Committee, Martial Arts, Model United Nations, Nominating Committee, Oakword Literary Magazine, Orchestra, Parks Club, Running Club, School Spirit Club, Ski Club, Spectrum, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA),

College Matriculation

Year: 2009 - 2012 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Drexel University 4
Goucher College 4
New York University 4
Boston University 3
George Washington University 3
School of the Art Institute of Chicago 3
SUNY Purchase 3
University of California, Irvine 3
Vassar College 3
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 2

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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