- NEW YORK, NY
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- Academicsgrade A+
- Diversitygrade A
- Teachersgrade A
- College Prepgrade A+
- Clubs & Activitiesgrade A minus
- Sportsgrade C
Friends Seminary, the oldest continuously coeducational school in New York City, serves 787 college-bound day students in Kindergarten through Grade 12. Guided by the Quaker testimonies of integrity, peace, equality, and simplicity, we prepare students to both engage in the world that is and help bring about a world that ought to be.
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Friends Seminary Reviews
First off, the so-called "amazing" English department is awful. Since they are praised by the administration, the teachers do not play by the usual academic rules of the school. They give out unnecessarily harsh grades, force students to write in a cookie-cutter and mundane fashion, and give upwards of 60+ pages of reading per night on top of essays and studying for impossible quizzes.
Also, the school likes to pretend that they are above the harassment of minorities and that they are the most WOKE school in NYC. This notion is false. Teachers are not fired for making sexual jokes to students, or just being bigots in general. The administration pretends to address problems by sending out lackluster emails but doing nothing about the situation in reality.
At least most of the students are nice and inclusive people!
If you are an incoming freshman, do not apply here.
But Friends is a good place to enjoy a good school-life balance since the homework & curriculum load is incredibly light compared to other Independent Schools in the area. The school tries their best to avoid overloading students. As someone who came from a public school & then went to Friends, the workload was 1/2 of what we used to have but students seemed to struggle more than at my old school. Perhaps the content was more in depth but I'm also told that Friends did not believe in graded assignments (which is good) throughout middle school. Unfortunately it's left their students largely underperforming academically. But the flexible curriculum let students travel regularly, party, make friends & eliminated studying.
Despite my brother having a difficult time, my parents encouraged me to follow in his foot steps. However, a few months into my freshman year, my parents and I have wanted to transfer ever since. I've applied out multiple times but the academics at Friends are years behind other NYC schools so I would have lots of makeup work.
Students here aren’t independent. Students are never engaged during classes, and the teachers don’t help out students when they are having trouble. The teachers don’t teach students too well, and don’t help students understand things, so students here don’t learn what they should be learning.
Therefore, if you are looking for a "moral" school Friends is no different than the other NYC private schools.