Friends Academy

1088 Tucker Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747

Founded by a group of New Bedford Quakers, FA became nondenominational in 1855. In 1949, it moved from New Bedford to its present, 65-acre campus in North Dartmouth. The curriculum emphasizes the fundamentals and is enriched by offerings in world languages, technology, art, music, drama, library and physical education. Serving children ages 3-5, the early childhood program follows the Reggio Emilia model. FA's multidisciplinary lower school (grades K-5) helps boys and girls develop higher-level thinking and abstract reasoning skills. The middle school program (grades 6-8) prepares students for competitive high schools and emphasizes critical-thinking, problem-solving and study skills. The Sally Borden School at Friends Academy, established in 2007 for pupils in grades 3-8, provides special programming for an additional fee for boys and girls of average to superior cognitive ability who have language-based learning differences. These differences may include difficulty in mastering reading, spelling, written expression, math, organizational or study skills due to dyslexia or a specific learning disability. The academy's diverse student body enrolls from various Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities.

General Information

Academic OrientationPre-Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 3)-8
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address1088 Tucker Rd, North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Year Established1810
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)
AdministratorStephen K. Barker
Applications DueFebruary
Total Enrollment270
Day Students270
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