Welcome Message
Dear FA Families,

It was wonderful to welcome back students for the second semester of the 2020-2021 school year last week. Our campus felt vibrant and full once again! In addition to our currently enrolled students, we welcomed nine new Knights to the FAmily for a total of 398 students! See their smiling faces below and be sure to welcome them and their families when you see them on campus and in our community. 
January kicks off an exciting time in the Admission Office as we prepare for the upcoming admission season.

On January 23 we will host our fourth Hands on Frederica event. This is an opportunity for faculty, staff, trustees, students, parents, and other FA stakeholders to spruce up areas of the campus as we prepare to open our doors for guests during Open House week. It’s amazing how we can transform the campus in such a short amount of time. As they say, many hands make light work. So, we hope you might lend a hand! Please continue reading to learn more and sign up to volunteer at this enriching family friendly event.
Frederica Academy will open its doors February 1-5 to prospective families interested in learning about our Pre-Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade student-centered approach to integrated curriculum and experiential learning. We will spotlight a different division each day of Open House week with engaging classroom visits, interactive teacher introductions, campus tours, special events and more. I welcome you to share this invitation with friends and neighbors interested in learning more about Frederica Academy. There is no greater story than your FA story!

Thank you for your ongoing support of our school. You and your family are a blessing to Frederica Academy.


Admission Director
IslaMae, Class of 2029; Emmy, Class of 2022; OletaKate, Class of 2024; Astin,
Class of 2032; and Case, Class of 2027.

As lifelong Atlanta residents, we grew increasingly frustrated with the metropolitan area’s continuous growth and how it affected our family’s quality of life. We yearned for a slower pace that afforded us more time together. Our top priority when searching for a new home was finding a community that would offer a premier education as well as joyful and inspired childhoods for our children. We were pleasantly surprised to find a school that could serve all five of their academic strengths, interests, and learning profiles, a welcomed comfort as our children were enrolled in three different schools in Atlanta. From the moment we stepped foot on Frederica Academy’s beautiful campus and were instantly greeted so warmly, we knew this would be our forever home. We value the school’s appreciation for our family’s shared values while also recognizing each child’s individual needs and how he or she can best be served by the school’s mission to maximize his or her potential in mind, body, and spirit. We are so blessed to be members of the FAmily!


Frederica Academy is a vibrant and interconnected community of educators, learners, and experiences. Campus-wide relationships that connect ages and grades to promote opportunities to work and learn together help define a culture of collaborative and intentional learning. Our integrated curriculum promotes seamless transitions for students from year to year in an educational environment that values and celebrates intellectual curiosity, engagement, and honorable behavior. The Frederica Academy family invites your family to see the difference at one of Georgia’s premier college preparatory schools. Campus visits are currently by appointment only.
This Week at FA

Click HERE for January Lunch Menu

Chris McKenna Visit
Eighth Grade @ 9:10 AM
Seventh Grade @ 10:25 AM
Fifth Grade @ 11:35 AM
Sixth Grade @ 1:35 PM

Monday @ 10:00 AM
Upper School Advisory

Monday @ 3:20 PM
STEM Club Meeting
Mrs. Bradford's Classroom

MS Basketball Games
@ Home vs. St. Simons Christian
Girls @ 4:00 PM
Boys @ 5:15 PM

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM
Middle School Assembly

Tuesday @ 1:00 PM
Rotary Speech Contest
via Zoom

Tuesday @ 1:00 PM
The Oracle Staff Meeting
Ms. DiCenzo's Classroom

Tuesday @ 1:00 PM
Health + Wellness Club
Soccer Bleachers

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM
Upper School Virtual Assembly

Wednesday @ 4:00 PM
Upper School Faculty Meeting

MS Basketball Games
@ Home vs. St. Francis
Girls @ 5:00 PM
Boys @ 6:15 PM

Wednesday @ 7:30 PM
Varsity Boys Basketball
@ Savannah Christian

Thursday @ 8:00 AM
Terry Thomas Room

Thursday @ 1:00 PM
US Student Council Meeting
Mr. Jobe's Classroom

Thursday @ 6:00 PM
US Model UN Club Meeting
Mrs. Bradford's Classroom

School-Wide Spirit Day

COVID-19 Reminders
Knights Table Menus
4th + 5th Grade Parent Meetings
This upcoming fall the Fifth Grade will move into the Middle School, creating a Middle School composed of Fifth and Sixth Grade students housed largely in Benefield Hall and Seventh and Eighth Grade students housed primarily in Fleming Hall.

Mr. Hutchinson and Mrs. Toomey will host separate gatherings for parents of rising Fifth Grade and Sixth Grade students this month. Click here for more information.

Please contact Mrs. Toomey should you have questions or if you are unable to attend one of the parent sessions.

Fourth Grade and Fifth Grade parents can use the links below to RSVP.
LANDS' END Uniform Sale
Chris McKenna Visit
Chris McKenna will speak with students in Grades 5-8 during separate grade-level sessions in the Terry Thomas Room.

  • Fifth Grade (11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.)
  • Sixth Grade (1:35 p.m. - 2:25 p.m.)
  • Seventh Grade (10:25 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)
  • Eighth Grade (9:10 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)

Mr. McKenna is the founder and CEO of Protect Young Eyes, an organization charged with helping create safer digital spaces for children and teenagers.
School-Wide Spirit Day
School-Wide Spirit Days will be offered periodically during the second semester and will be announced in the preceding Sunday e-newsletter.

Spirit Days will NOT take place every Friday.

Summer Programs Registration
Summer Program Registration Begins January 17

Little + Camp Knights: June 1 - July 30, 2021
Weekly Specialty Camps: June 7 - July 30, 2021

Frederica Academy’s Summer Programs are designed to provide adventures for children within the Golden Isles.

Our signature-themed Little Knights (Ages 3-4) and STEAM-focused Camp Knights (Grades K-5) programs run nine weeks to offer a full summer of hands-on experiences and field trips.

Some of our weekly specialty camps include: Cheerleading, Frederica Football, Cooking, Mini Manners, Golf, Kayak and Fishing, Messy Camp, Princess Camp, Tennis, Robotics, and more!

Registration begins on January 17 for FA families and on January 19 for the general public. Receive 10% off when registering early with code EARLY. For more information, contact Heather Day, Summer Programs Director.
Monday, January 18
FA School Holiday
FA Campus Blood Drive
Parent Association Meeting
The FA Parent Association invites all parents to attend the next Parent Association meeting on Thursday, January 21, which will take place in Hamilton Hall or can be viewed via livestream. The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m.
Hands on Frederica Day
On Saturday, January 23, we will host our annual Hands on Frederica event. We invite faculty, staff, trustees, students, parents, and other FA stakeholders to help us spruce up the campus as we prepare to open our doors for our upcoming Open House week.
Pre-K Parent Conferences
The Pre-K teachers will host their mid-year parent conferences the week of January 25. They will be offered in the afternoon following Pre-K dismissal. Pre-K parents should sign up for one slot to meet with your child's teachers. Please contact Ms. Leslie or Ms. Miller should you have a conflict that week.
LS After-School Clubs
Frederica Academy will offer two Lower School After-School Club sessions during the second semester. The first session will include six weeks of programs, starting the week of February 1st. Details and sign-up links will be included in the Sunday, January 17, e-newsletter.

The second session will be a mini-session and will start after spring break.

For more information, please email Heather Day.
GIMOAA Scholarship
FA Speech Winners
Congratulations to Roy Boyd and Spencer Sullivan for being selected as this year's Rotary Speech Contest winners!

Roy and Spencer now advance to the Glynn County level of the competition, which will take place on Tuesday, January 12, via zoom. The contest is sponsored by the Rotary Club of St. Simons Island.

ACT Workshop
Last week, Frederica Academy conducted a four-day ACT prep course for juniors, which concluded on Saturday.

The ACT is a curriculum-based assessment which contains English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and optional Writing sections. Instructor Andrew Body met with the entire junior class during their scheduled English classes during the week and offered after-school and Saturday prep sessions for students. Students gained further awareness of their strengths and areas needing improvement, and they were given test-taking tips and strategies to prepare for the February ACT exam.

Mr. Body has scored in the 99th percentile on the ACT, SAT, PSAT, GMAT, and GRE. He has worked individually with several hundred students and in large (1,200+) and small classroom settings. He first began standardized testing when he took the ACT at the age of 10, and he began teaching at the age of 18 when asked by a respected educator to instruct an ACT course. Mr. Body began working exclusively in standardized testing and teaching at the age of 23 and has since rewritten Barron's book on the Miller Analogies Test, an exam administered to applicants seeking PhD's in education. Mr. Body also has heavily contributed to eight Barron's books on the ACT, SAT, and PSAT, four of which were best-sellers on Amazon.
January + February Events

January 18
School Holiday
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 20
FA Blood Drive (1:00 PM - 5:00 PM)
Gym Lobby

January 21 @ 8:30 AM
FA Parent Association Meeting
Hamilton Hall or Livestream

January 21
Teacher + Staff Appreciation Luncheon
Gym Lobby

January 21
Rotary Student of the Month

January 21 @ 5:00 PM
Fourth Grade MS Parent Meeting
Terry Thomas Room

January 22
US Second Semester
Drop/Add Deadline

January 22
Third Grade Field Trip

January 23
Hands on Frederica Day

January 25-28
Pre-K Parent Conferences

January 26 @ 8:00 AM
Fifth Grade MS Parent Meeting
Terry Thomas Room

January 27 @ 1:00 PM
NCAA Eligibility Workshop
College Counseling Center

January 28 @ 5:00 PM
Fifth Grade MS Parent Meeting
Terry Thomas Room

January 29
School-Wide Spirit Day

February 1-5
Open House Week

February 1
LS After-School Programs Launch
Winter Sessions (2/1 - 3/12)

February 3 @ 3:30 PM
All-School Faculty + Staff Meeting

February 4
Q3 Progress Ends

February 6
ACT Exam at FA

February 9
Varsity Basketball
Region First Round

February 10
Q3 Progress Reports Posted

February 10
Winter Open Mic Night

February 12-15
FA Winter Break

February 18
Rotary Student of the Month

February 24
Varsity Soccer Season Starts
FA Athletic Schedules
FA Social Media
FA Quick Links