22 Spackenkill Road
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Tel: (845) 462-4200 Ext. 215
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.
An independent, college preparatory school serving grades 5-12. Founded in 1796, Oakwood is one of the oldest co-ed boarding and day schools in America and first in New York state. Our commitment to strong academics, excellent college preparatory program, and great location, just 1-1/2 hours North of NYC in the beautiful Hudson Valley, are just a few of the many reasons to have Oakwood on your list. Oakwood Friends School, guided by Quaker principles, educates and prepares 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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Students: 191 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,700
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $37,275
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 15 / rolling

Top Rankings

Oakwood Friends School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 308 schools) for:

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Attribute
School History

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2021 School Data
Oakwood Friends School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
8-12
9-12
Grades Offered (Day)
5-12
5-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1796
1907
Campus Size
63 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
191 students
300 students
% Students of Color
52%
25%
% International Students
6%
20%
% Students Boarding
57%
70%
Average SAT Score
1250
* 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
Average Class Size
12 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
7
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
73%
70%
Summer Program Offered
No
Yes

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$6 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$66,700
$59,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$37,275
(Middle School Day = $30,300)
$32,995
Tuition international students
$72,475
$54,500
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$56,925
$44,100
% Students on Financial Aid
40%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$21,275
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Feb. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
Director of Admissions
Nicolas Ugarte
Associate Director of Admissions
Grace Obee and Anita Jones

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
7
17
Courses
AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English, AP French, AP Spanish

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
33
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Academic Committee, Academic World Quest, Animal Rights Club, Anime Club, Book Club, Business Club, Chess Club, Friends (S.P.I.C.E.) Club, Garden Club, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Judicial Committee, Library Committee, Model United Nations, Nominating Committee, Piano Ensemble Club, Spectrum, Student Government, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Table Top Gaming Club, Tea Club, Yearbook Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Calligraphy Club, Dance Club, Drama Club, Ensemble, Oakword - Literary & Art Magazine, Orchestra

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

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 focuses on the individual learner, and cultivating a diversified community of students and staff in an atmosphere of mutual respect and enrichment.
  • 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.
  • Oakwood encourages powerful thinkers whose abilities are nurtured through artful teaching, thoughtful assessment, and individual attention.
  • Students and adults within the community learn through inquiry, reflection, and action in daily life; search for truth, valuing the challenge of competing ideas; resolve conflicts through respecting and listening to one another; value and embrace the diversity of cultures and religions in our communities; work for the good of society through active service learning; and act courageously in alignment with core moral beliefs.
  • Oakwood fosters an accepting environment based upon the Quaker principle that each individual is worthy and capable of meaningful insight and truth.
  • Oakwood 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 five 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
  • Oakwood Friends 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 - GRAMMY Acclaimed American Musician, 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, Political Activist
    • Jarvis, Thomas and Peter Rockwell - Sons of painter Norman Rockwell
    • Robert Turner - Internationally known ceramist
    • Lucretia Mott - Quaker, abolitionist, women's rights activist, and social reformer who helped launch the women's rights movement, the 1st Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY, which ignited the fight for women suffrage, earning women the right to vote in the USA
    • Jonathan Talbot - An American collage artist, painter, and printmaker. He also is the creator of an innovative collage technique that eliminates liquid adhesives from the collage-assembly process.
    • Keith Bunin - Keith Bunin is an American dramatist and screenwriter. More recently known for writing "Onward", the computer-animated urban fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures.
    • Jennifer Yee - Discovered a planet. Awarded a Carl Sagan Exoplanet Postdoctoral Fellowship by NASA, and currently based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Profile last updated: 04/05/2022
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  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $37,275
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Feb. 15 / rolling

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