Head of School Message

Dear FA Families, 

I was reading an article the other day debating the notion of whether leadership could be taught.

Clearly if I did not believe in the powerful role of nurture in the age-old argument of nature versus nurture, I would have chosen another profession; so of course my world view on this matter, colored by my years of working with and observing young people, reflects that salient skills ascribed to successful leaders can be studied, distilled, absorbed, and even applied by those who are ready and motivated to learn. Leaders, to a great degree, can be made; or rather latent leadership skills can be discovered and inculcated; and the school venue, with its expansive menu of activities and role models… peer or adult…is the perfect breeding ground in which to learn about leadership and acquire traits of a leader.

It seems to me that developing leaders can take place along two, not necessarily, mutually exclusive pathways. People can just live their lives, observing others and reflecting on ways that they can be positive leaders in the orbit of their daily routines. If they are acutely self-aware and actively looking to improve their leadership quotient, they might be able to adopt a handful of new attributes. The much more likely way that people develop into leaders in their formative years is through participation in intentional programming with a north-star purpose of cultivating leadership traits.

This Wednesday, FA freshmen and seniors will participate in just such a leadership program (while sophomores and juniors take the PSAT.) Hosted and facilitated by the Epworth by the Sea faculty, those two classes of Upper School students will spend half a day immersed in a series of “challenge by choice” ropes course initiatives in which both through individual and small-group challenges students will learn important lessons about themselves and about elements of leading a multi-age group of peers. FA faculty attend the event to support the students, but the core lessons of the day are teased out by the professionals at Epworth.

The greatest return on investment of an FA Upper School education is maximized when students participate in a variety of activities and interact with a wide array of peers and adults. Students learn best by doing, and experiencing the ropes course at Epworth will be but one important step along the way to their full maturation in enhancing elements of leadership potential in each young person.


Scott L. Hutchinson

Head of School

This Week at FA


FA Fall Break

School Holiday

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM

US Assembly


Tuesday @ 3:30 PM

US Faculty Meeting

Mr. Willis' Classroom

Tuesday @ 4:00 PM

MS Tennis @ Glynn Academy

vs. Glynn Middle

Tuesday @ 5:00 PM

MS Cross Country Championship

College of Coastal Georgia

Wednesday Morning

Grades 10-11: PSAT Exam

Grades 9+12: Leadership Retreat @ Epworth

Wednesday @ Noon

US early Dismissal

Wednesday @ 4:00 PM

MS Tennis

@ St. Marys Middle School

Thursday @ 8:15 AM

Senior Class Group Photo

Thursday @ 8:30 AM

Yearbook Photo Retakes

Shuman Conference Room

Thursday @ 10:00 AM

Pre-K Firetruck Visit

Thursday @ 10:00 AM

University of Alabama

College Counseling Center

Thursday (11:00 AM - 1:30 AM)

PA Faculty/ Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Thursday (12:00 PM - 3:00 PM)

Flu Vaccine Clinic


Thursday @ 1:05 PM

Finance Club Meeting

Coach Willis' Classroom

Thursday @ 3:20 PM

US World Language + Culture Club Meeting

Corn Hall #116

Thursday @ 5:00 PM

Middle School Football

@ Bethesda (Savannah)

Thursday @ 5:00 PM

Varsity Cross Country

Run The Plan

College of Coastal Georgia

Boys @ 5:00 PM

Girls @ 5:30 PM

Friday @ 8:10 AM

LS Morning Meeting

Sixth Grade Band Performance

Hamilton Hall

Friday @ 8:30 AM

First Grade Field Trip

Incacheetoo Petting Zoo (Waverly, GA)

Friday (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

FA Red Cross Blood Drive

Shuman Conference Room

Friday @ 5:00 PM

MS + US Open Mic Night

Windolf-Johnston Performance Plaza

Saturday Morning

SAT Exam @ FA

Final FA 2022-2023 Directory

Please click on the button below if you want to download a digital format of this year's directory to your iPad, iPhone, smartphone, or other compatible device.

Please contact Anita Shelbrack should you have questions.

FA 2022-2023 Directory

Congrats, Tiana Jackson!

Tiana Jackson was crowned Frederica Academy’s 2022 Homecoming Queen during halftime of FA’s homecoming game against Robert Toombs on Friday night. Tiana was escorted by her grandfather, Eric Jackson, and crowned by her mother, Erica Jackson.

This year's Homecoming Court Representatives included: Reese Hankey, Sophomore; Graceson Rownd, Senior; Tiana Jackson, Senior; Parker Jules, Senior; Mackenzie Todd, Junior; and Ricoria Holmes, Freshman.

Whitmarsh Tennant was crowned Homecoming King at the Homecoming Pep Rally on Friday afternoon. JJ Briggs and Michael Collier were also on this year's Homecoming King Court.

Click to see Homecoming Game Photos

Congrats, Mrs. Triplett!

Becky Triplett, an uber talented and dedicated Middle School math teacher, is Frederica Academy's 2022 Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Triplett was joined by her husband, Mark, and her youngest son, Jordan (Class of 2024), as she was honored by school administrators and her peers last week. Congratulations, Mrs. Triplett!

The Knights Table

FA Weekly Menus
PK Lunch Order Form
Salad Online Order Form

Due to the popularity of our daily salad offerings, we ask our faculty and students to please sign up in advance if you want to reserve a salad. Please click on the link above and use your FA email to place your order. Orders received by 9:00 a.m. each day will be guaranteed. Thank you for your help!

Middle School Reminders

Students must finish their breakfast before entering Benefield Hall and Fleming Hall. No breakfast foods or drinks may be stored in the lockers.  

All outerwear worn inside the classroom must be FA-branded apparel.

Hamilton Hall is only open for morning snack break on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Cell phones and smart watches must be stored in student lockers or bookbags during the school day.

FA Fall Break:  MONDAY

PSAT Exams (Grades 10-11)


Leadership Retreat (Grades 9+12)


School Yearbook Retakes


FA Red Cross Blood Drive

FRIDAY (10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)

Email Mr. Riggs

Poinsettia + Greenery Deadline


Order Online
Download Order Form

Poinsettia and Greenery orders are due by Friday, October 14th.

Orders can be submitted online here or you can print the form (use the button above to download the form) and send it to school with your child.

Open Mic Knight: FRIDAY


FRIDAY @ 5:00 PM

Grand Opening of the Windolf-Johnston Performance Plaza.

  • The FA Booster Concessions Stand will be open
  • Please bring money for snacks
  • Bring a lawn chair for seating

Featured Performers

  • Middle and Upper School PME (Popular Music Ensemble) Bands
  • Preview of "Clue On Stage" Thespians Fall Play
  • The Stars of Tomorrow -  soloists, instrumentalists, and talents
  • Teacher show tunes

It is not too late to sign up. Please use the sign-up button below or see Drs. Nielsen and Taylor for details! 

Click to Sign Up

Parent Association Coffee + Conversation



Featuring FA Resident Experts and Resources


  • Rachael Lee, School Counselor
  • Nikki Pope, School Nurse
  • Dan Redanz, Chromebook & Technology Specialist


Wednesday, October 19th, at 8:15 AM

Shuman Conference Room


Join us at our first Morning “Coffee + Conversations” session. This series was inspired by one of our most popular PA meetings last year. These meetings are designed to let you have the chance to hear from and interact with faculty and administrators in a casual format. This fall’s coffee will feature a lively chat and introductions to some of FA’s resident experts and resources. You can learn more about what they do and when you can reach out to them. We'll bring the coffee. You bring your questions about physical and mental health, Chromebooks and online safety, and more! 

Parent-Teacher Conferences


Click Here to Sign Up

Childcare will be available for Lower School students and will be provided by the LS Specials teachers during conferences. Parents should sign participating students in and out in the Been Library. This service will operate between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

FA Trunk or Treat: OCTOBER 24

Parent Association is so excited to celebrate Halloween at its Second Annual Halloween Trunk or Treat! Save the date for Monday, October 24th. Start planning your costumes and don’t delay in signing up to be one of our trunks! Spots are limited. Click here to sign-up your trunk! Sign up deadline is October 10th. 

KiX Location: OCTOBER 24

KiX will take place in the Been Library and on the Terry Thomas Playground on Monday, October 24, since the Parent Association Trunk or Treat event will take place at the KiX location that day.

FA Day @ Jaguars Game


Click to Email Adam Hagfors for More Information

Adam Hagfors, an FA parent, has kindly organized a group opportunity for FA families to attend a Jacksonville Jaguars home game on Sunday, November 6, at 1:00 p.m. 

Participants are responsible for purchasing their own tickets from a block that is reserved for FA families. Adam is coordinating a place to tailgate (starting at 11:00 a.m.) for game attendees who want to gather before the game.

CCGA Dual Enrollment Deadline


The Spring 2023 College of Coastal Georgia Dual Enrollment course list and application are now available!  

Click HERE for the course list. Click HERE for the application.

Juniors who meet the minimum requirements to apply may enroll in ONE course.

Seniors who meet the minimum requirement to apply may enroll in up to TWO courses.


Applications are due to Dr. Nevins by Tuesday, November 15th.

LS After-School Clubs Update

The Lower School After-School Clubs will complete their fall sessions on the following dates:

October 17

Pre-K Lego

Happy Hands

October 18


Playground Games


October 24

Everybody Loves PE

October 26

Junior Knights

Flag Football

October 27

Sew Fun


Buzzin' Board Games

October 28


Lego Club (1-3)

Upper School Debate Meet

Photo Album

US Debate Team Participates in Incubate Debate

On Saturday, the Upper School Debate Team attended Incubate Debate, an innovative, non-profit startup engaging high school students in social and political discourse. Students from eight schools across Georgia and Florida met on the Bolles School campus.

Sophomores Nick Okin and Emily Wyrick reached the semi-finals level; Nick moved forward to place in the finals level by speaking on the topic of applying Originalism to interpret the Constitution.

Debate team members Sydney Carroll, Margaret Spiers, and Haseley Caine also attended the multi-session meet.

Please click here to learn more about Incubate Debate's non-profit mission to provide educational, no-cost high school debate tournaments.

Congrats to Nick and Emily for their finalist and semi-finalist achievements. 

Golden Isles Alzheimer's Walk

Golden Isles Alzheimer's Walk 

Frederica Academy's varsity cheerleaders participated in the Golden Isles Alzheimer's Walk on Saturday, where they helped support and encourage family members and friends who have been affected by Alzheimer's and dementia. Please click on the button above to learn more about the event or to make a donation.

Eighth Grade Storytelling

Short Story Analysis Presentations

Stories teach us about life, ourselves, and others; storytelling is a fundamental part of being human. After four weeks of reading and analyzing stories in class, 8th graders presented their own analysis of a short story to their classmates. Students collaborated to explore the literary elements of their short story. Creative skits, lottery drawings, pop quizzes, and engaging discussion were abundant! 

Photo Album

Second Grade Star Student

Grant Carter was the Second Grade Star Student of the Week last week. Each day during the week featured a special activity. On Friday, Grant's parents, Brooke and Jeff Carter, and pup came to read to the Second Graders.

Kindergarten Pumpkin Projects

A Friday in October calls for pumpkin everything! Kindergarteners enjoyed baking pumpkin muffins and a Five Little Pumpkins STEM activity. 

Photo Album

Pre-K Fall Festival Photo Album

Photo Album

Pre-K Mystery Reader

Thomas Day’s mom and sister, Heather and Kinley Day, were the PK Mystery Readers last week. Together, they read the book I’m Dirty! by Kate and Jim McMullan. 

Special Events Calendar

October 18

Sign-Up Deadline

Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 19

World Unity Day

October 19 @ 8:15 AM

FA Parent Association

Coffee + Conversation

Shuman Conference Room

October 20 (Morning)

Fall FA Board of Visitors Meeting

October 21

Parent-Teacher Conference Day

October 22

ACT Exam

October 24-27

MS Carpe Vitam

October 24 (5:00 PM - 6:30 PM)

FA Trunk or Treat

KiX Parking Lot

Sponsored by FA Parent Association

October 25 @ 9:50 AM

National Honor Society Induction


October 28

Middle School Holiday

October 29

MS + US Debate/Forensics Tournament

Valdosta State

October 31 @ 8:15 AM

LS Storybook Character Parade

FA Fall Athletic Schedules

MS + Varsity Athletic Schedules

Follow FA on Social Media

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At-A-Glance Master Calendar.