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 6-12.


Growing at Oakwood

The Oakwood Community

Posted by: Chad Cianfrani, Head of School on Monday, March 23, 2020

Oakwood Friends School has a 224-year tradition of leaning into uncertainty, building community, and supporting a diverse population. While necessity drives us to physically distance ourselves this Spring, we are exploring multiple ways to shorten the gap between us academically, socially, and emotionally. Oakwood’s faculty and families are creative, thoughtful, nimble and resilient. A true community of learners - we prepare students from around the Hudson Valley and around the globe for lives of consequence and meaning. If there is anything you would like to discuss, please feel free to reach out to me directly at, or (845) 462-4200, Ext. 332.

Over the last several weeks I have witnessed the best in family, friends, students, faculty and parents. What is being asked from each of us right now is immense. The support, care, and response within our community has been immense in equal measure. Families are adjusting to prolonged school, office, and business closings. Teachers are creating and adapting online learning curriculum, and our community is exploring digital ‘meet-ups’ to support each other socially, emotionally and spiritually.

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Oakwood News

Anh Ho, a senior at Oakwood Friends School from Vietnam, recently shared her multi-year campus sustainability project with neighboring Poughkeepsie Day School (PDS).  As part of her participation in Oakwood’s Libby Moroff Leadership Program, Anh taught the PDS 4th and 5th graders how to make Ecobricks. Her goal is to spread knowledge about reducing plastic waste and creating sustainable building materials throughout the Hudson Valley before she graduates in June.

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Oakwood's Humanities Chair Stephen Miller and Professor Wendy Turgeon, Ph.D. from St. Joseph's College received a Small Grant award from the American Philosophical Association (APA). 

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Student Interviews

Published Tuesday, November 13, 2018

I've been involved with Oakwood Model UN for a total of three years, and have attended five conferences. I joined because I'm very interested in global affairs and working with others to try and resolve problems that seem to be bigger than myself.

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