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.



oakwood news

introducing oakwood's bipoc joy alumni spotlight series initiated by the oakwood alumni council. in this series we will be checking in with black, indigenous, and people of color (bipoc) alumni to find out where life has taken them, what they're passionate about, and more.

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growing at oakwood

classes are in session at oakwood friends school!

posted by: chad cianfrani, head of school on thursday, october 15, 2020


at oakwood friends school in poughkeepsie, we were excited to welcome students back to campus this fall. investing heavily in faculty, students, families, and facilities, oakwood’s five-day a week in-person program supports both boarding and day students. serving grades 5-12, oakwood students engage in a full array of academic, music and theatrical programming this term. 

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alumni interviews

published wednesday, november 18, 2020

i must admit when i first graduated from oakwood most of my reflections about the place were about the awesome people and their diversity. the wealth of information that comes from having a diverse community, all of which i still stand by. however, having gotten older i tend to reflect now more on the philosophy of oakwood, its mission and how it fits into what seems at times to be such a chaotic society. 

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