Shadow FA for a Day

Frederica Academy welcomes admission applicants to experience an on-campus “Shadow Visit” as an exciting portion of the admission process. These visits are designed to provide a prospective student with a unique opportunity to try out FA for a day.

The prospective student will be paired with a current Frederica student in the same grade with similar interests and hobbies. For students applying to a grade in the next division (rising 5th and 9th grade applicants), visitors have the opportunity to shadow either with their peers in his or her current grade, or shadow in the rising grade to experience school life in the next division. Regardless of the grade, visitors experience a full day of the engaging and enriching educational opportunities that are the hallmark of student and academic life at Frederica Academy.

Shadow Visits should be scheduled on a day when school is in session and free of special events or testing. To schedule your child’s shadow visit, contact Helen Rentz, Director of Admission, at 912.638.9981 ext. 106 or via email to

Shadow Visit Frequently Asked Questions 

What time does the school day begin?  

Lower School (grades PK-4th) begins at 8:00 a.m. The school day concludes at 2:00 p.m. in Pre-Kindergarten and 3:00 p.m. in grades 1st-4th. Middle and Upper School (grades 5th-12th) begin at 8:15 am and dismiss at 3:20 p.m.


When should my child arrive and where should we go?

Shadow visitors should arrive at 8:00 am to meet the Director of Admission and Shadow Buddy in the front office of the school’s main administration building.


What should my child bring? 

Shadow visitors should bring a refillable water bottle and snack. Visitors in grades 1st-11th may choose to bring a packed lunch or order from the cafeteria as a guest of the Admission Office. Visitors in Pre-K and Kindergarten should bring a packed lunch. Please alert the Admission Office before your child’s visit if he or she has any significant allergies or medical issues that may affect his or her visit.


What should my child wear? 

Shadow visitors should dress comfortably, mindful that students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade wear a school uniform and students in the Upper School adhere to a Dress Code policy.


Where should I pick up my child at the end of the day? 

Shadow visitors will meet their parents in the front office of the school’s main administration building at the conclusion of the school day. For students shadowing in Pre-Kindergarten, parents are welcome to use the carpool line in front of the school where our teachers will walk your child out and share information about his or her visit.


What else do I need to know about my child’s visit?

Another important part of the admission process is the on-campus admission assessment that is administered to all Frederica Academy admission applicants. The assessment consists of three grade-level appropriate portions: reading comprehension, math and writing. We find that it is often most convenient to administer this assessment during the student’s shadow visit. For students in Lower School, the assessment will be administered by the teacher inside the classroom. Middle and Upper School students will take the assessment during their shadow buddy’s daily study period; it will be administered in the divisional Academic Center or in the Office of Admission. 


Please email to schedule your child’s shadow visit.