All That Comes Later, Starts Now.

Dear FA Families,

All that comes later, starts now.
This statement succinctly describes Frederica Academy in its ongoing pursuit to prepare students not only for what lies ahead in the next grade or division level, but also for the challenges and rewards of college and beyond.

It also feels apropos of our recent Open House week. The process to introduce prospective families and students to Frederica Academy has begun. What ultimately comes later is a new class of FA Knights that will invigorate each class, grade, and division of the school bringing with it a diversity of ideas, thoughts, way of living, and perspective. The upcoming months will be filled with campus tours, application submissions, shadow visits, and ultimately the successful enrollment of new students for the 2021-2022 school year.

During Open House week, Frederica Academy opened its doors to a record number of prospective students and families. Nearly 150 guests enjoyed daily curated programming including information sessions with administrators, teachers, and students. Prospective and current parents alike listened to impassioned and dedicated educators as well as dynamic current students all sharing compelling information and testimonials about what makes Frederica unlike any other school in the area.

One Open House guest shared the following in an email to me following her visit:
"My husband and I were thoroughly impressed with the presentation yesterday. We feel Frederica Academy will be a perfect fit for our children. The smaller class sizes and academic opportunities available at Frederica Academy really resonated with us. We believe that Frederica will be able to provide our children with the academic rigor and opportunities to keep them both engaged and growing year after year. We really want the best education for our children and believe that we will find that at Frederica Academy."

Many current parents also attended as guests to learn more about curriculum and programming at the next level and division. Other parents served as Parent Ambassadors greeting guests, answering questions, and accompanying guests on student-led tours. One current FA parent equated the Open House experience to that of a “vow renewal;” fully recommitted to Frederica Academy and all that lies ahead for their child.

We hope that each of you will also wish to renew your commitment to Frederica Academy as we launch re-enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year.

Early this week, families of eligible students will receive an email from me with instructions to begin and complete the re-enrollment process for their child(ren) for next school year. The deadline to complete the process is Monday, March 1. Your timely completion of the process is vital to our enrollment management efforts. Families that complete the enrollment process and pay tuition in full by the deadline will receive a $300 discount on the child’s tuition. Instructions for the need-based financial assistance application process have been shared. If you did not receive and wish to learn more about this process, please contact me.

As we embark on the admission season, I hope you will share your FA story with families that you believe will benefit from and contribute to the Frederica Academy experience. Frederica seeks to encourage and reward current families that go above and beyond to promote Frederica Academy to their family, friends, neighbors, or colleagues. The New Knight Referral Program provides qualifying families with a $500 tuition credit for each new Kindergarten through 11th grade student who enrolls at Frederica Academy for the 2021-2022 school year. To learn more about this program, visit the website here or download the referral form here.

Should you have referrals, questions or concerns, I welcome you to contact me. I can be reached via email at or by phone at 912.638.9981 ext. 106.

Thank you for your ongoing and unwavering support of our school and special thanks to the outstanding student and parent volunteers who helped make Open House week such a success.

Much FA love,

Helen Rentz
Director of Admission
This Week at FA

Click HERE for February Lunch Menu

Monday @ 10:00 AM
Upper School Advisory

Monday @ 4:00 PM
MS Faculty Meeting
Hamilton Hall

Varsity Basketball Games
@ Home vs. Bulloch Academy
Girls @ 5:30 PM
Boys @ 7:00 PM
Watch via Livestream

Tuesday @ 10:00 AM
MS Head of School Assembly
Football/Soccer Bleachers

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

Tuesday @ 1:30 PM
Eighth Grade PSAT Results
Facilitator: Mrs. Nevins
Director of College Placement

Tuesday @ 3:45 PM
Yoga Club
Terry Thomas Room

7:45 AM - 9:00 AM
Recycled Uniform Sale
Gym Lobby

Wednesday @ 10:00 AM
US Virtual Assembly
Student Council Video

Wednesday @ 1:00 PM
US FCA Huddle
Valentine's Day Celebration
Football/Soccer Bleachers

Wednesday @ 4:00 PM
US Faculty Meeting
Hamilton Hall

Varsity Basketball Games
@ Pinewood
Girls @ 6:00 PM
Boys @ 7:30 PM

Q3 Progress Reports Posted

Thursday @ 10:30 AM
Emergency Drill

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

Thursday @ 3:20 PM
US World Language + Culture Club
Terry Thomas Room

Thursday @ 4:00 PM
Varsity Track Meeting
Athletic Tent

Middle School Basketball Games
@ Camden Middle School
Girls @ 4:30 PM
Boys @ 5:45 PM

Winter Break
School Not in Session

March 13 SAT Deadline
FA will be a testing center.
Click here to register.

Friday @ 5:30 PM
Boys Varsity Basketball Game
@ Trinity Christian

Saturday @ 8:30 AM
State Science Bowl
via Zoom
Varsity Science Bowl Team

Monday, February 15
Winter Break
School Not in Session

Knights Table Menus
Basketball Senior Knight
Recycled Uniform Sale
Please join us on Wednesday after morning carpool drop-off in the Gym Lobby for the Recycled Uniform Sale from 7:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.!

We will accept checks, cash, or you can charge everything to your family account. Collection bins will be available on site for any uniform items you would like to donate before shopping. Please remember you can donate your child's outgrown uniform pieces anytime at the collection bin located outside of the Lower School entrance to Happy Hall.
SAT Exam Deadline
The regular registration deadline for the
March 13th SAT is
Friday, February 12th.

Frederica Academy will be open as
a testing center for this exam.

FA Winter Break
Lands' End Sale Deadline
Parent Association Meeting
MS Glow-in-the-Dark Dance

  • Friday, February 19th, from 6-8 pm outdoors under the Sea Island Tent (in front of Corn Hall).
  • Dress according to our theme: fluorescent colors, glow-in-the-dark type costumes, etc.
  • Snacks and drinks will be provided.
  • COVID protocols will be in place: mandatory masks, temperature checks, and social distancing.
  • Drop off and pick up is near the COVID-screening station in front of Corn Hall.
  • We will have security guards, faculty chaperones, and outdoor lighting to illuminate the dance grounds.
  • This is a "No Date" dance. We want all students to come with friends and have a good time.  
FA Visiting Artist
On February 22, Frederica Academy will welcome Kevin Bongang as our first Ellen Fleming Visiting Artist. Bongang is a designer and painter from Brunswick whose work has garnered national acclaim. Britney Bongang, Kevin’s wife, is also a designer and non-profits director. The artists are sponsored by the Ellen Fleming Endowment for the Arts. Bongang was selected from a panel's review of eleven professional artists because his work most closely aligned with the school’s mission of student enrichment.

During the week of February 22 through 26, Bongang will lead students in Grades 1-12 in conceptualizing and painting five panels, which will hang on the exterior north wall of the Been Library. Each panel will represent a shared value: Equality, Justice, Acceptance, Friendship, and Kindness. During the visit week, Mr. and Mrs. Bongang will take each grade through art lessons to express these values and translate the student's ideas into artwork. The older grades will assist with painting, and Bongang will finalize the installation with his signature bold designs.
Rotary Scholarship Deadline
St. Simons Island Rotary Foundation Scholarship

Scholarship applications will be accepted via email and must be received by March 1st.

The following items should be emailed directly to

  1. Completed application form – use button below.
  2. Essay – A copy of your best college application essay.
  3. A photograph of the applicant.
 *Students must copy Mrs. Nevins on the email, so she can submit the items below.* 

The following items must be provided directly by Mrs. Nevins:
  1. Two recommendation letters
  2. Official high school transcript including any college credits
  3. Official SAT and / or ACT scores
Important Guidelines:

  • Application Deadline: Monday, March 1, 2021
  • Only Seniors are eligible to apply.
Parent-Teacher Conferences (K-12)
UW Youth Service Council Deadline
CCGA Summer Dual Enrollment
The deadline to submit College of Coastal Georgia (CCGA) Summer Dual Enrollment applications to Mrs. Nevins is Wednesday, April 14.

  • Summer Term: June 1st-July 21st
  • Applicants must be rising juniors and seniors
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0

Please click here to email Mrs. Nevins should you have questions.
Wake Forest Online Courses
Six online courses from Wake Forest give
high school students a start on the future!

High school is a great time to see what college has to offer. Wake Forest University has six popular courses that give high school students a chance to see if an interest—in medicine, sports medicine, cancer medicine, psychology, bioscience or business—is a good fit for their future.

All of the courses offer an asynchronous option, featuring online video lectures and live sessions with mentors, so students can study anytime, anywhere, at their own pace.

Several courses also offer our +Live option, new this Summer. A more structured learning experience, this option includes live, online Zoom sessions with industry experts in addition to all the advantages of our regular pre-college immersion courses.

KGIB March Madness
Keep Golden Isles Beautiful (KGIB) has 25 salt marsh and marsh area cleanups scheduled for the month of March, in our annual "Marsh Madness" effort - scheduled for different dates/times/locations - and are in need of volunteers at all of them. This is a great opportunity for Upper School students seeking community service hours!
Roy Boyd and Grant Offner were among seven KGIB volunteers and two staff members who recently helped remove one ton of trash from the Robarts Road ravine and salt marsh area. The project required them to traverse steep embankments to remove the items. Well done, Roy and Grant!
2021 Souper Bowl Champs!
It looks like there are a few more Kansas City Chiefs fans than there are Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans in our community. Many thanks to everyone who contributed to our Souper Bowl food drive. Sparrow’s Nest thanks all of our soup can donors!
State Science Bowl Success!
Congratulations to our Varsity Science Bowl Team for making it to the "Elite Eight" round of the 2021 Georgia Science Bowl Tournament on Saturday, February 6.

The preceding Saturday, the team earned the opportunity to make it to yesterday's "Sweet Sixteen" round of the state tournament, where they advanced after the first two rounds before being eliminated just shy of making it to the finals. Congratulations, Science Bowl Knights!

Special thanks to Barry Kaminer, who assisted Coach Willis with the team's participation in the online tournament.

The team included: Spencer Sullivan, Captain; Adam Elsharkawi; Hannah Huber; Andrew Kaminer; and David Weaver.
Eighth Grade Escape Room
Returning to England after the Revolutionary War,
Maj. George Beckwith, London's spymaster in the colonies, remarked bitterly that ''Washington did not really outfight
the British; he simply outspied us!''
This idea was the theme of Mrs. Smith's Eighth Grade history class last week. The students learned about counterfeiting that took place during the revolution, the value of the Culper Spy Ring and other spies who supplied General Washington with valuable information, which helped the Patriots win the war. With this idea as the focus, the students participated in an "escape room," which reviewed ideas including battles, spy codes, and the fighting in the south. 
Grades 6 + 7 Read Aloud
Wednesday, February 3rd, was World Read Aloud Day 2021. In Middle School, Sixth Grade and Seventh Grade students enjoyed sharing stories and searching for simple, compound, complex and compound-complex sentences within some of their favorite picture books.
LS Downtown Art Exhibit
Second Grade and Third Grade students created beautiful multimedia art pieces for The Big Read Art Exhibit at the Brunswick-Glynn County Library gallery at 208 Gloucester Street in downtown Brunswick. The theme is “If I Had a Magical Creature as a Pet,” and these artists really used their imaginations! The students' artwork will be on display until the end of the month for those who may be interested in visiting the exhibition.
LS Black History Celebration
Fourth Grade students are busy celebrating Black History month. Every day, students get a new necklace to wear that represents a famous black American. The students are enjoying learning about each of the figures and being able to identify the character traits and ways the person has impacted America. If you see a Fourth Grade student wearing a plaque around his or her neck, ask about it - you will enjoy hearing their story about it.
The backdrop of the above photo is the result of Third Grade activity.
Third Grade 100-Day Project
Third Grade students had a great time celebrating the 100th day of school last week! Students made pictures out of the 3-digit number 100, completed a 100-word challenge, and worked together to find a cookie cake as a part of their math-themed escape room.
Second Grade Journeys
Second Grade students are enjoying visiting all parts of the U.S. this month. With a little help from Mrs. Holt in the Front Office, these imaginative students have sent "Flat Me's" to visit relatives and friends across the country. They were inspired to create their own Flat Me's after reading about Jeff Brown's iconic character Stanley Lambchop in his book, Flat Stanley. The Second Graders are now eagerly awaiting reports of their surrogate travels.
First Grade 101 Days of School
Last Tuesday, First Grade students celebrated 101 Days of the 2020-2021 School Year!
February + March Events

February 12-15
FA Winter Break

February 16-19
Varsity Basketball Region Tournament
@ Pinewood in Bellville

February 17 @ 8:15 AM
Parent Association Meeting

February 18
Rotary Student of the Month

February 19
Middle School Dance
Sea Island Green

February 21
Varsity Football Player Banquet

February 22-26
FA Visiting Artist Week

February 23
OLSAT Assessments
Grades 1,3,5

February 24
OLSAT Assessment
First Grade

February 24
Varsity Soccer Season Starts

March 1
2021-2022 Re-Enrollment
Contacts Deadline

March 3
All-School Faculty + Staff Meeting

March 5
End of Q3

March 5
GISA Literary Meet
Brewton-Parker College

March 5
Third Grade Field Trip
Oatland Island (Savannah)

March 7 @ 1:30 PM
Alumni vs. Varsity Golf Match
Brunswick Country Club

March 11
Q3 Grades Posted

March 11
Fifth Grade Musical

March 12
Parent-Teacher Conferences (K-12)
No School for ALL Students

March 13
SAT Exam @ FA

March 14 @ 3:00 PM
Coastal Symphony
FA Sea Island Green

March 17 @ 8:15 AM
FA Parent Association Meeting
Hamilton Hall

March 18
Teacher + Staff Luncheon
Thanks, FA Parent Association!

March 21-23
SAIS Re-Accreditation Team
Campus Visit

March 22-26
Science Fair

March 25
Rotary Student of the Month

March 25-27
MS + US Musical
Hamilton Hall
Winter Athletic Schedules
Spring Athletic Schedules
2021 Summer Programs
FA Social Media
FA Quick Links