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Oakwood Friends School

Established: 1796

School Facts

  • Number of Students
  • Student Population
    CoEd - School for both genders
  • Accommodation
    Boarding accommodation
  • Religious Affiliation
  • Program Length Available
    Multiple Year, Fall Year

School Description

Established in 1796, Oakwood Friends School in New York State is the state’s oldest coed boarding school with an exceptionally low teacher to student ratio of 1:4. Oakwood is a Quaker school, promoting the values of peace, integrity, equality, community, and simplicity. Many students pursue careers in business or the sciences after completing the school’s comprehensive STEM program, while others develop their musical abilities through its partnership with Marist College.

Oakwood Friends’ 63-acre campus features an art studio, a ceramics studio, a black-box theater, a film photography studio and dark room, a full-size gymnasium, tennis courts, and a sports field. A two-acre solar field provides 100% of electricity used by the school, and a student-run greenhouse provides the dining hall’s produce.

All students participate in one team sport and one life sport per academic year. Students can choose from options such as soccer, ultimate Frisbee, martial arts, and gardening. Oakwood students can participate in a variety of creative arts opportunities such as theater productions, art classes, and bands. The school’s music partnership with Marist College allows students to prepare for a future musical career.

Dutchess Outreach recognized Oakwood for exemplary service to the local community with the 2018 Community Award. Alumni of Oakwood include former US Poet Laureate Mark Strand and women’s rights activist Lucretia Mott. The school’s Humanities Department chair, Stephen Miller, was recognized for outstanding teaching with PLATO’s Kinsley Award for K-12 philosophy teachers. He also received APPE’s award for Best Formal Paper on Pre-College Ethics.

Students live in double rooms with access to laundry, kitchens, and lounges. Students regularly travel off-campus to destinations such as restaurants and sporting events.


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Famous Alumni

Juan Williams - Political Commentator, Journalist, Author, Anchor on the Fox 5
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
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.
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

  • 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Grades at School
  • 63 acres Campus Size
  • 24% Percentage of International Students
Diploma Year Offered?
Student Population
CoEd - School for both genders
Teacher/Student Ratio
Average Class Size
SAT Average
ACT Average
English as Second Language (ESL) Support Available
French Immersion
Speciality Programs
School is Quaker Music partnership with Marist College
Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country Skiing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball
Ceramics, Ceramics - Advanced, Drawing, Photography, Portfolio - Advanced, Scene Study, Theater, Theater - Design and Production
Individual Music Lessons, Music, Music Production, Orchestra
Advanced Courses (AP, A-Levels)
Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Spanish Language and Culture
French, French Language and Culture, Spanish
Clubs and Extracurricular
Academic Team, Animal Rights Club, Anime Club, Book Club, Business Club, Calligraphy Club, Chess Club, Dance Team, Fitness Club, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Library Club, Model United Nations (Model UN), National Art Honor Society, Newspaper Club, Prom Committee, Skiing Club, Student Government, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), Table Top Games, Tea Club, Yearbook Club
Accepting Students in Grades
9, 10, 11, 12
Ages Accepted
TOEFL Minimum
50-85 (According to grade)

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