Sally Borden School
Summer Program

Guiding Principles

Friends Academy is a co-educational, independent day school serving students from early childhood through grade eight in both the traditional classroom and The Sally Borden Program.

The mission of Friends Academy is to provide each student with an educational foundation that will instill the academic knowledge, skills and understanding; responsible citizenship; respect for diversity and differences; and sense of well being needed for a lifetime of learning and personal growth.

This mission is based on the belief that:

  • academic knowledge, skills and understanding include the areas of English, mathematics, natural and social sciences, world languages, and the arts and the skills of reading, reasoning, computing, investigating, writing, speaking, problem-solving, and creating;

  • responsible citizenship includes honesty, commitment, and respect for others, the environment, and the community;

  • respect for diversity and differences involves building a community and creating programs and curriculum that are attentive to issues of race, ethnicity, family configuration, sexual orientation, gender, religion, and economic status; 

  • a sense of well being is nurtured through the development of self-esteem, self-confidence, and healthy social interactions. We believe the goals of this mission are best met by:

    • achieving academic excellence by challenging students at an appropriate level;

    • nurturing development within a school community environment;

    • stimulating curiosity and the desire to learn;

    • offering a wide range of individual and collaborative learning activities;

    • providing opportunities for service to others; and

    • working in partnership with parents.

Accomplishing the mission of Friends Academy is the shared responsibility of the whole school community. For that reason, Friends Academy and the Sally Borden Program expects of all its students, teachers, staff, trustees and parents a dedication to academic excellence, a willingness to work energetically and cooperatively toward common goals in all activities, a respect both for themselves and for the individual differences of others, and a determination to reach beyond merely comfortable limits of knowledge and experience. 

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