Virtual Open House

Date: December 13, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Once registered, we will provide Zoom login information.
Contact: Admissions Team
Phone: 845-462-4200 ext 215

Chad Cianfrani


Please join us virtually for our Winter Open House, 7:00 PM, Monday December 13th. Talk with our head of school, academic directors, faculty, and college counselor, about the Oakwood program, curricular offerings and plans heading into next year. 

Request registration information from our admissions team via email: 

Once registered, you will receive a link and login instructions for a Zoom meeting. We invite you to keep visiting this page for the latest details and look forward to welcoming you!  

Chad Cianfrani
Head of School

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My name is Chad Cianfrani and I am the Head of School at Oakwood Friends School. I have been engaged with our community for over 15 years and have worked closely with our students in the classrooms, the dorms, the sports fields and for the last five years serving as Head of School.

This past year, I have witnessed us at our creative, adaptive, and resilient best. Parents, students, faculty, staff, and board members are turning challenges into opportunities and finding strength through our diversity. We are excited to support our students this fall with both in-person and remote learning options.

Though deliberate and thoughtful planning we are preparing multiple levels of support on the academic, social-emotional, community, and campus fronts. We continue to make significant investments in the health and safety of our community, enhance the physical spaces and classrooms, complete the renovation of our 100-year old theater, expand the technological infrastructure and support the professional development of our faculty and staff. Our planning remains guided by three key metrics:

  • Health and safety of the community
  • Strong academic programming and continued support for all students
  • Social-emotional support and connections with one another

This fall we are excited to open our campus fully, to both boarding and day students. Families will have the choice to join us in-person for the full academic day or engage remotely through our online programming. We are closely monitoring the environment in New York and are prepared and ready to adapt quickly and thoughtfully, should conditions change. 

Classes may look different this fall. You may even see a chemistry lab or music class with students participating simultaneously from three continents. Regardless of where our students are physically, we will be connected as one Oakwood community. This year will also be a first for me as I officially become an Oakwood parent when my son joins the 6th grade for in-person instruction this September.

Over the last 224 years, Oakwood Friends School has guided, nurtured, and inspired students. Remaining true to mission, we see challenges as opportunities and find strength through our diversity. When we moved to our Hudson Valley campus 100 years, ago, Oakwood was navigating another global pandemic. As true to our mission then as we are today, we prioritize the health, the safety, the inherent curiosity, and the academic potential of every one of our students.

I look forward to you joining us this year and learning more about Oakwood. If you would like to take a look at Oakwood’s detailed reopening plans, policies, and procedures, please check them out on the website. See you on campus!

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