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Home of the arts.

Newly renovated in 2015–2016, the Forbush Building is now home to the state-of-the-art Forbush Auditorium. Our performing arts center includes a sound and lighting booth, scene shop, as well as cutting-edge acoustics. Forbush also houses the Upper School art studios, photography darkroom, sound editing studio, and a gallery for students’ and visiting artists’ exhibits. Forbush is still home to the Orchestra Room, practice music rooms, Upper School English and Senior Hall.

Dragonfly Theater

The annual middle school musical draws participation from a variety of Middle School students to act, sing and dance, work stage crew, and design and construct sets. The Middle School schedule is purposefully designed to allow students to play a sport, participate in clubs, and perform in the winter musical.

Musically Gifted

Friends School is proud to have a full Orchestra and Band in each division as well as an All-School Orchestra performance each spring.

View the auditorium in a full 360°

Fine Art

Fine Art electives range from the very popular Printmaking course to Sculpting, Photography, Drawing, and Painting.

The Katz Gallery

The Katz Gallery is made possible by The Jay Katz ’45 Art Fund. The Gallery displays art from students, faculty, community artists and host shows throughout the year.


Our students excel in their new photography space and dark room. Recently, Ilana Wolchinsky ’18 earned a silver in national Scholastic Art & Writing contest presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Less than 1% of the record-breaking 320,000 works of art and writing submitted for this year’s competition were recognized at the national level.