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

Friends Academy

An early childhood through grade 8 independent day school
located in North Dartmouth, MA


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 non-denominational in 1855, it seeks to develop responsible citizens, with a sense of social justice and a dedication to service. By learning to respect individual differences in intentionally small classes, coming together in weekly All-School meetings, and working on service projects, students address real world problems and tackle authentic tasks.

The curriculum varies by age group and emphasizes the teaching of fundamentals, enriched by offerings in art, music, world languages, technology, drama, library, and physical education.

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 report that they are well-prepared for the secondary school 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) provides programming for children 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.


Open House at Friends Academy planned for Sunday, ...

Save the date! Friends Academy is hosting an Open House on SUNDAY, October 18 from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. Visit the school's 65-acre campus in Dartmouth, meet talented and dedicated teachers and remarkable students, and learn why Friends Academy might be the right choice for you and your family. Th...
Friends Academy Speaker Series presents:               ...

DARTMOUTH - Do you notice that your child has difficulty understanding the non-verbal cues that other children send? Is there a social awkwardness in your child that seems to be intensifying as he or she grows? These questions and more about Social Thinking will be explored at Friends Academy’s ...
Getting your garden started!

On Thursday March 28, Friends Academy will offer a spring gardening program entitled "Getting Your Garden Started and Improving Its Productivity and Nutrient Content." The lecture will begin at 8:30 am and will be held in the Commons of the Early Childhood through Grade 8 independent school on ...
Friends Academy OPEN HOUSE on Sunday, January 13 from ...

Friends Academy, a co-educational, independent day school for students in early childhood through grade 8, and located in Dartmouth, will be welcoming prospective new families who are interested in learning more about its programs, teachers, and facilities on Sunday, January 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 ...
Understanding How Children Learn to Read--A morning ...

Friends Academy and The Sally Borden Program at Friends Academy will sponsor a presentation, Understanding How the Brain Learns to Read by Dr. Rick Solomon on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 8:30 am at their campus at 1088 Tucker Rd. in North Dartmouth, MA. This is the second presentation in its ...