Head of School Message

Dear FA Families,

There are a multitude of ways that good schools can and do measure themselves. Re-enrollment rates that reflect customer satisfaction; the eagerness of students to come to campus every day and engage with enthusiasm and purpose in the learning process and the cultivation of friendships; participation in extracurricular activities; standardized test scores, loyalty of a parent body manifested in volunteerism or attendance at school functions; and robust donor support to name but a few.


The full value of an FA education is, in fact, both as an end in itself and as a means to an end; and it is in that context then, that one of the most credible ways that I measure the end success of an FA education is by the acceptances of our graduates into colleges and, even more importantly, the feelings of fulfillment and worth that our graduates experience throughout their college years. Building a resume that reflects a student’s full engagement in one’s high school years and proves attractive to colleges is but a part of the business of high school. The real goal, I think, is to acquire ways of thinking and behaving that maximize the chances of emerging young adults actually becoming their best selves and experiencing the joy and satisfaction of that state.


Brad Hutcherson, Laura Nevins, John Pope, Helen Rentz, and I met for a couple of hours with thirteen members of our Young Alumni Council on campus this past Wednesday morning. The group included: Roy Boyd ’22, Princeton; Bekah Brooks ’21, UGA; Cason Cavalier ’21, Rhodes College; James Cruikshank ’21, Duke; Erica Daley ‘20, Syracuse; Hannah Dunlap ’22, UGA; Evyn Lundy ’19, Oberlin College; Colton Myers ’20, Stetson; Grant Offner ’22, SMU; Cammie Pope ’22, Mercer; Sarah Sarzier ’21, UVA; Britton Sullivan ’20, UGA; and Zhané Waye ’19, Wake Forest. We listened to them share their college experiences, most specifically focusing on areas of their academic and social lives and the readiness to succeed in those areas as a result of their preparation received in their years at FA. We do this every November, taking advantage of these young alums returning home to their families for Thanksgiving.


As you might imagine, the time together was extremely helpful to the school and will inform us going forward from one important perspective on areas of strength and areas that we might need to revisit and perhaps recommit to with more focus and energy. Asking those who have drunk from the fountain if the water is sufficiently nourishing and if so, in what ways, has proven for us to be a worthwhile exercise over the years. Know that in the days and weeks ahead we will share what we learned with division heads, department heads, and, to some degree, with the faculty at-large as part of our ongoing efforts to improve the school for current and future Knights.


Connecting with alumni is important for all kinds of obvious reasons, and meeting with our young alums in these annual gatherings is particularly worthwhile. First, it allows us as an institution to collect and process insightful perspectives and reset our compass a bit in areas if need be. Second, it serves as a striking moment of affirmation that these young alums were birthed out of FA and that the school played some role in guiding and inspiring these graduates. Sometimes when leaders at an organization are constantly looking through a critical lens at the institution and foraging for those areas ripe for improvement, it is uplifting and heartening to be reminded that we are in large measure fulfilling our mission at a high level and that the result of all of that work is this annual recurring wave of outstanding graduates.



Scott L. Hutchinson

Head of School

This Week at FA


Poinsettia + Greenery


Monday @ 10:00 AM

US Assembly


Tuesday @ 7:30 AM

US Student Council Meeting

College Counseling Center

Tuesday 8:30 AM

(All Day)

US Photography Class

Field Trip to Savannah

Tuesday Afternoon

Varsity Swim Meet

@ Ware County

Tuesday Evening

Varsity Basketball @ Home

vs. Faith Baptist

Girls @ 6:00 PM

Boys @ 7:30 PM

Click HERE to Volunteer

Wednesday @ 1:00 PM

US Worry-Free Wednesday

Wednesday Afternoon

Middle School Soccer

@ Camden Middle School

Girls @ 3:30 PM

Boys @ 4:30 PM

Wednesday @ 3:30 PM

All-School Faculty Meeting

Shuman Conference Room

Wednesday Evening

Varsity Basketball @ Home

vs. Coastal Home School

Girls @ 6:00 PM

Boys @ 7:30 PM

Click HERE to Volunteer

Thursday Evening

Jingle Bell Celebration

Santa Photos with Toddlers/Tykes @ 5:30 PM

LS (Grades 1-4) Musical Performance @ 6:00 PM

Christmas Tree Lighting @ 6:25 PM

Cookies + Milk @ 6:30 PM

Photos with Santa @ 6:30 PM

Friday @ 8:10 AM

LS Morning Meeting

Hamilton Hall

Friday @ 5:00 PM

MS Boys Basketball @ Home

vs. Southside Baptist

Click HERE to Volunteer

Friday Evening

Varsity Basketball @ Home

vs. Southside Baptist

Girls @ 6:30 PM

Boys @ 8:00 PM

Click HERE to Volunteer

Saturday Morning

SAT Exam

Saturday (All Day)

MS + US Debate Meet

@ Wolfson High School


Saturday @ 6:00 PM

Varsity Basketball

@ Middleburg High School

Middleburg, Florida

Important Divisional

Holiday Information

Important Divisional Holiday Information

2022-2023 Benefield Society

This year's Annual Fund Co-Chairs, Jeff and Mary Margaret Shiver, are hosting a holiday gratitude party for Annual Fund supporters who have given at the Benefield Society level. The event will take place at their Island Club home on Friday, December 9.

Make Online Donation to the Annual Fund
Benefield Society Information
Annual Fund Information
Questions? Email Brad Hutcherson

The Knights Table

FA Weekly Menus
PK Lunch Order Form
Salad Order Form

Holiday Decor Pick-Up: THIS WEEK

The FA Parent Association Poinsettia and greenery items ordered a few weeks ago will be delivered to campus on Tuesday or, at the latest, on Wednesday morning. Therefore, purchasers should plan on picking up their orders between Wednesday and Friday this week. Specific pick-up dates and locations will be shared once details are finalized.

Click here if you would like to volunteer to help with Poinsettia and greenery pick-up and deliveries.

Volunteers Needed: THIS WEEK

Click to Sign Up to Volunteer for Varsity Games
Click to Sign Up to Volunteer for MS Boys Game

Jingle Bell Celebration: THURSDAY

Frederica Academy's annual Jingle Bell Celebration will take place on Thursday and will feature musical performances from Grades 1-4. Photos with Santa are open to all members of the FA community. Following the event, photos will be shared on the school's Flickr site for families in need of an image for this year's Christmas card.

Students in Grades 1-4 should report to their respective classrooms by 5:45 p.m.

Lower School Student Attire:

  • Girls – please wear a dress or skirt; holiday themed is acceptable
  • Boys – please wear dress pants with a button-down shirt; holiday themed is acceptable

FA Parents Night Out


Email Nurse Pope for More Information

 Middle School Exams

Please click HERE for details regarding the Middle School Exam Program.

 Upper School Exams

Congrats, Parker Jules!

Parker Jules was recently recognized as Frederica Academy's November Rotary Student of the Month at the Brunswick Country Club. Parker selected Mrs. Nikki Walbridge to accompany her to the ceremony..

 FA Thanksgiving Photos

The Knights Table enjoyed hosting all of the family members and special guests who attended the Thanksgiving lunch last Tuesday.

Fourth Grade Field Trip

Last week, Fourth Grade students took a trip to Seaside Veterinary Hospital as an extension of their animal adaptation curriculum. The visit exceeded all expectations. The students enjoyed an extensive, behind-the-scenes tour, which included watching dogs receive anesthesia and surgery, listening to a dog's heart with a stethoscope, and getting to view x-rays and specimens. Petting kittens was also a high point. The staff was generous with their time and knowledge; they even sent the students home with "goodie" bags. The trip seemed to inspire some potential future veterinarians. Thank you, Seaside!

Photo Album

Third Grade Field Trip

Last Monday, Third Grade students travelled to the Mighty 8th Museum where they explored America’s role in World War II as a part of their study of important historical figures.

Photo Album

Third Grade STEM Project

As a continuation of their studies of area and perimeter, Third Grade students got in the 'Thanksgiving spirit' with a Balloons Over Broadway STEM challenge. First, they learned about the history of the iconic balloons that we see at the Macy's Day Parade by reading the Balloons Over Broadway book. Next, they created their own balloons but were restricted by a set area and perimeter, After they successfully created their balloons, students were excited to share their own parade and inspired the Second Grade class to do their own Balloons Over Broadway activity.

Photo Album

Special Events Calendar

December 5-6

MS Soccer Playoffs

Glynn County Stadium

December 5 @ 4:00 PM

MS + US Christmas Caroling

Marsh's Edge

December 6 @ 10:00 AM

Senior Class Photo

Hodnett Plaza

December 6 @ 7:00 PM

MS + US "Light the Night"

Magnolia Manor

December 7 @ 8:30 AM

PK Holiday Program


Hamilton Hall

December 8 @ 8:30 AM

PK Holiday Program

Hamilton Hall

December 8

MS Soccer Championship Games

Glynn County Stadium

Girls @ 5:00 PM

Boys @ 6:00 PM

December 8, 9, 12

MS + US Exam Review Days

December 9

First Grade Jekyll Island Field Trip

December 9 (6:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

Health + Wellness Club

Parents Night Out

December 9 @ 6:30 PM

US Movie Night

Windolf-Johnston Plaza

December 9 @ 7:00 PM

FA Benefield Society Party

Shiver Residence

Annual Fund Benefield Society Donors

December 10

ACT Exam

December 13

MS + US Science Exams

December 14

MS + US Math Exams

Wednesday, December 14

Kindergarten Christmas Activity Day

Wednesday, December 14 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM

First Grade Gingerbread House Party

December 14 @ 10:00 AM

Third + Fourth Grade Field Trip

Ritz Theatre (Downtown Brunswick)

December 14 @ Noon

Department Chair Meeting

December 15

MS + US Language Exams

Thursday, December 15

Fourth Grade Christmas Breakfast

December 15 @ 10:00 AM

Lower School Giving Tree Ceremony

Hamilton Hall

December 15 @ Noon

School-Wide Early Dismissal

KiX will NOT be offered.

December 16

Student Christmas Break Begins

Teacher/Staff Work Day

December 19-22

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

FA Front Office Open

December 23-27

FA Campus Closed

December 28

Semester 1 Grades Posted

December 28-30

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

FA Front Office Open

January 2

FA Campus Closed

January 3

Teacher/Staff Work Day

January 4

Second Semester Starts

FA Fall Athletic Schedules

MS + Varsity Athletic Schedules

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At-A-Glance Master Calendar.