Friends Academy
1088 Tucker Road
North Dartmouth, MA 02747
Phone: (508) 999-1356

Friends Academy

1088 Tucker Road, North Dartmouth, MA  02747



At Friends Academy, students learn from the very beginning that, more than getting the answers right, it’s important to ask the right questions.  Since its founding by a group of New Bedford Quakers in 1810, the school has sought to provide students, from early childhood to grade 8, with both the academic knowledge and the self confidence to think boldly and to take intellectual risks.

Though the school became nondenominational in 1855, it reflects its heritage through its holistic, child-centered approach and dedication to social justice and service. By learning to respect individual differences in intentionally small classes, presenting and sharing together in weekly All School Meetings, and working on service projects as well as group and independent research, students address real-world problems and tackle authentic tasks.

An integrated curriculum and inquiry-based, experiential approach firmly ground student in both fundamentals and higher level thinking skills. The curriculum is enriched by offerings in world languages, technology, art, music, drama, library, physical education and outdoor learning.

Early Childhood (Ages 3-5)

Early Childhood Education at the Friends Farmhouse consists of programs for three-, four-, and five-year-olds. It's philosophy has been strongly influenced by the schools of Reggio-Emilia, Italy, a world-wide movement that is transforming the way young people learn.  Housed in an 18th century farmhouse, a vibrant community of children are engaged daily in the joyful process of discovery.

Lower School (Grades K-5)

A typical academic day in the Lower School (grades K-5) is filled with books and stories, problem solving and lively discussions that encourage children to understand the relationships and connections between themselves and other students, the school community, society, and the planet.

Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Middle schoolers are encouraged to tackle academic challenges while developing strength of character and an ability to advocate for themselves. Increasingly they are called upon to take leadership roles in the school.  A dedicated faculty joyfully challenges them to think critically, solve problems creatively, and develop effective study skills. Graduates are energized, engaged, and well prepared for the secondary schools and colleges of their choice.

The Sally Borden Program

Based on the recognition that when it comes to learning styles, one size does not necessarily fit all, the Sally Borden Program, (grades 3-8) epitomizes Friends Academy's individualized approach to helping children fully develop their strengths. Seamlessly integrated within the school, the program provides flexible options for bright children who have language-based learning differences, which may include difficulty in mastering reading, writing, math, organizational, or study skills due to dyslexia or a specific learning difference.

This year's fall Open House will be held on Sunday, November 6th at 12:30.


Homeschool Families Can Schedule A FREE Class Within ...

It was a rainy, raw day yesterday. The children discussed the food chain and sketched pictures of Coyotes, Squirrels and Turkeys. They deciphered examples of Carnivores, Herbivores and Omnivores and ate carrots from the garden. They collected more sticks for their mud-hut, but were decidedly ...
Cluck and Trowel Farm Visits Encompass Community at ...

Sarah Cogswell of Cluck and Trowel Farm in Westport guided the Nature Expedition for our homeschool enrichment group this week! The children have been making forts and tee-pees lately; experimenting with the construction of other natural mud-hut structures. Recently, they learned how to “start ...
Encompass Community Offerings At Friends Academy...

The next session of our Nature program will run November 6th-December 18th. We explore 65 acres of trails and wilderness on Mondays and/or Wednesdays from 9:15am-12:30pm. For ages 6-14, $40 per day, siblings save $10! The next session of Short Courses will run November 15-January 10th. We ...
Encompass Community Courses @ Friends Academy!

The Encompass Community at Friends Academy offers enrichment and resources to homeschool families and life-long learners of all ages! Our free, family-friendly events happen once per month... Currently offering Nature Expeditions on 65 for ages 6-14! Mondays and/or Wednesdays from 9:15-12:30 $4...
First Wednesdays at Friends Academy

Join Friends Academy faculty and students for First Wednesday, October 4 from 8:00 to 11:30, and visit in classrooms to experience how Friends Academy builds student potential and passion. Katherine Gaudet, Assistant Head of School for Admissions and Community Engagement explained, “We wanted an ...