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How does Friends Academy prepare students for secondary school?

A Friends Academy student at Class Day ceremony.

At each step of the process to choose a secondary (high) school, we work with families to support them. This partnership is crucial to help students thrive in their new schools.

Partnering With Graduating Students and Families

Beginning in the spring of seventh grade, families meet with school leaders to think big-picture about secondary schools. These meetings continue into the fall and winter of eighth grade. Our doors are always open to families to discuss schools, application tips, and more.

Connecting Families With Good-Fit Schools

By the end of each student’s education at Friends Academy, faculty know them well. These connections allow us to thoughtfully guide students to choose secondary schools that are a good fit for them. This includes their learning style, academic achievements, and extracurricular interests, among other considerations.

Through established relationships with independent schools around the region, we keep our finger on the pulse of what secondary schools are looking for in their students. During Secondary School Information Night for rising eighth grade families, admissions staff from several schools visit Friends to walk through the application process.

Ensuring Students Are Prepared

Those relationships with other schools also ensure that we are preparing students for the rigors and realities of secondary school and beyond. From year to year, we make adjustments to our curriculum to better equip graduates for the future. These refinements trickle down through the entire school to create a comprehensive Early Childhood through eighth grade curriculum.

One standout area for our graduates is executive functioning skills, including organization, time management, and goal setting. We set aside time to work on these skills so our students build healthy habits that serve them well for life. All eighth grade students also take part in mock interviews to help them feel more comfortable and confident – whether interviewing for secondary schools or even part-time jobs.

“FA helped my boys mature and grow. They developed lifelong friendships and memories.”

Parent of two alumni

Where do Friends Academy alumni go after graduating?

After eighth grade, Friends Academy students move on to a wide variety of independent, parochial, and public secondary schools. These are a few of the secondary schools our graduates have attended in the past five years:

Private and Parochial Schools

  • Bishop Stang High School
  • Brooks School
  • Dublin School (N.H.)
  • Eagle Hill School
  • Falmouth Academy
  • Kimball Union Academy (N.H.)
  • Landmark School
  • Lincoln School (R.I.)
  • The Loomis Chaffee School (Conn.)
  • Middlebridge School (R.I.)
  • Millbrook School (N.Y.)
  • Moses Brown School (R.I.)
  • Portsmouth Abbey School (R.I.)
  • Providence Country Day School (R.I.)
  • Riverview School
  • St. Andrew’s School (R.I.)
  • St. George’s School (R.I.)
  • Tabor Academy
  • The Wheeler School (R.I.)

Public Schools

  • Apponequet Regional High School
  • Bourne High School
  • Dartmouth High School
  • Duxbury High School
  • Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
  • New Bedford High School Academy of Honors
  • Middleborough High School
  • Middletown High School
  • Old Rochester Regional High School
  • Portsmouth High School
  • Tiverton High School
  • Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School