“My son earned his doctorate in biochemistry and is a consulting scientist for Elanco—and it all started in the Friends Academy science classroom with a teacher who encouraged and challenged him in science.”  

Friends Academy teachers and parents have one powerful shared goal: everything we do is for our students. And for their future.


We connect our students with inspiring experiences and resources—visiting universities and secondary schools, taking advantage of leadership opportunities, and meeting with members of the community. A few examples include:

  • Creating animated books with Karyn Parsons, former “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” actress, that are now included on her Sweet Blackberry Productions website
  • Presenting their work at a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Jane Goodall event
  • Researching and organizing a successful effort to have solar panels donated and installed at Friends Academy
  • Presenting a historical “wax museum” at the New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Creating and leading a tour for their Latin class at the Rhode Island School of Design
  • Meeting with Providence television meteorologist Michelle Muscatello

With the depth and challenge of a Friends Academy education, our graduates move on to secondary day and boarding schools as responsible citizens, academic scholars, and creative souls. They are known for writing well, speaking confidently, solving problems, giving back, fostering compassion, and innovating freely. They succeed at universities and colleges throughout the country, and fully live out their potential.

Friends alumni report being well prepared academically for high school.

Our graduates thrive at secondary schools such as:

  • Lincoln School
  • Moses Brown
  • Portsmouth Abbey
  • Providence Country Day School
  • St. George’s School
  • St. Mary Bay View Academy
  • Tabor Academy
  • Wheeler School

A Sampling of Friends Academy Alumni


Ben Shattuck

Writer, painter, and curator he is the Director and Founder of the Cuttyhunk Island Writers’ Residency, and the Lead Curator at Dedee Shattuck Gallery. Ben has taught in the US and abroad and has received fellowships for writing and painting from many prestigious institutions. Ben’s writing has appeared in many publications including the Harvard Review, The New Republic, The Paris Review Daily, The Common, Salon.com,  and Lit Hub. His paintings have been exhibited at the New Bedford Art Museum, Sloane Merrill Gallery (Boston), The Harrison Gallery, Greylock Gallery (Williamstown, MA), Julie Heller Gallery (Provincetown), Carol Craven Gallery (West Tisbury), and the Dedee Shattuck Gallery (Westport, MA).

Rike Sterrett

Friends Academy has impacted my life in more ways than I can even put into words. FA gave me many lifelong friends; people who have seen me grow and helped me become who I am. FA also built my educational foundation, which gave me the tools I needed to succeed academically and professionally. I also learned basic life skills while at FA, such as how to write letters, how to write checks, and how to type correctly. These are all skills I still use today. Most importantly, FA taught me the value and importance of community. 

Bill Prescott: 

Bill’s visionary work in education over the past six decades has impacted thousands of students, teachers and parents. As the Head of Wheeler in Providence for 23 years, he​ started the Hamilton School at Wheeler, Providence​’s ​Breakthrough, and the AERIE program.​ Bill was key in developing other start ups as well: Our Sisters’ School in New Bedford​​; the Hope Graham Program at Bancroft School​ and the Sally Borden Program here at Friends Academy​.



Jackie Starrett

Jackie Starrett ’07 graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 2015 with a BS in Biomedical Engineering. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Experimental Pathology at Yale University and Yale Cancer Center, studying lung cancer biology and response and resistance to novel therapeutics. She is passionate about cancer outreach, and during Summer 2015 rode a bicycle across the country to raise money and awareness with the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults with fellow FA alumna Megan Morrow.

Jackie (left) and Megan (right) during a 4K for Cancer bike ride at Badlands National Park.



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