Founded in 1796, Oakwood Friends School is New York State's oldest co-educational boarding and day school. It is an independent, college preparatory school serving grades 5-12. Devoted since its inception to fundamental Quaker values, Oakwood Friends School puts this belief into practice by focusing on the individual learner, and cultivating a vibrantly diverse community.
When I last wrote for this space on our website, we were enjoying our first warm days of spring, students were sitting for AP exams, and the porch outside my office in the Main Building was in its early phase of noisy, dusty construction. Now, as I write on June 30th, the seniors have graduated, all of our students have gone home, the campus is quiet, and a soft rain is falling. Today is my last official day as head of school.
The porch outside my office is complete, and I love it. A beautiful brick patio is bordered by a low, gently curving wall, illuminated at night, and surrounded by the lush plantings of the Griffing Garden. A portion of the patio is covered by a sheltering roof, supported by simple wooden columns. The rocking chairs have been ordered, and I am already imagining the students who will sit… Read More