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A New Student’s View

As a new student at Friends Academy, or any school for that matter, you must always wonder what people are thinking of you–but not so much the other way around! Want to hear the perspective of a new classmate? As a new student myself, I’m here to share!
First, a brief history of my education so far. I was exposed to the whole private school routine until I was in the third grade, when I began to attend above-average public schools. Coming straight out of a public school, one of the first things I noticed about Friends Academy was the general virtuosity in all aspects of the school. I’m serious! From the teachers and the way they really seem to care about your success, to the engaging and stimulating academics, the stellar athletic facilities, incredible college advisers, great food, and even desks that swivel! (I happen to find them fun.)

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention the seemingly nice student body. (I only say “seemingly” because I have been here for less than 3 weeks!)

Let’s begin with the teachers. It is common knowledge that at schools like Friends Academy you are geared towards success, and the only way you are going to get there is with guidance of teachers who not only know their stuff but care about YOU. They want you to succeed. I have been amazed by how involved and prepared the teachers are, even when their classes seem to resemble pandemonium! The teachers’ attention to detail and their affection for their students’ individual success is clear to see.

Like the teachers, the college counselors express a sentiment that they will fight and work for you to guide you on your path to achieve your specific goals. This is exemplified by a quote by Ed Dugger — “I dont think only two years ahead, i think about eight years ahead” — when speaking on the subject of life after Friends Academy and college.

Another thing Friends Academy features is its stimulating classroom environment. Coming from a school where the teacher to student ratio is 1:24, the 1:8 ratio here really allows for a more personal learning experience. Instead of feeling like one amongst a crowd, you feel engaged and vital to the function of the class.

The athletic environment mirrors the educational environment. The feeling that your sport is important pushes you towards improvement, much like in the classroom setting. Having state-of-the-art facilities that are very well maintained is not bad either.

I am proud to be a part of Friends Academy, and I can really say this is the nicest environment for education I have ever experienced.

(This piece was edited for style and grammar at 9 pm on 10/6/2014.)


  1. Doc Garrett October 4, 2014

    Thanks for sharing your perspective, Giles!

  2. Bill Morris October 5, 2014

    Giles, thanks for having the courage to share your thoughts as a new student. Your insightful observations about FA describe the qualities that we hope define the FA community.

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