2019-2020 Academic Calendar Summary

Applications Due*

Classes Begins

Classes Ends


Autumn Quarter 2019

July 1
(early review May 15)
September 25 December 6 Nov 11, Nov 28-Dec 1

Spring Quarter 2020

December 15 March 30 June 5 May 25

Summer A 2020

March 1 June 15 July 17 July 3

Summer B 2020

March 1 July 20 August 21 None

Academic Calendar Details:


* Applications will be accepted beyond the Application Due date if space is available. To inquire about spring and autumn quarters, please email Bernadette Holthuis.  To inquire about summer classes, please email Stacy Markman.

Applications for Spring, Summer A, Summer B and Autumn classes will be accepted beginning in November. You are encouraged to apply as early as possible.


You are expected to arrive at FHL after 3:00 p.m. the day before classes begin. We encourage you to attend the first meal served, normally dinner the evening before classes begin. If you prefer, you may choose to arrive later, after dinnertime, but please be prepared to begin classes the next day at 8:30 a.m. The remote location of FHL makes it nearly impossible to make it to your early morning class without spending the prior night here.

Dinner is usually served Monday-Saturday 6:00-6:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 5:00-5:30 p.m.  The first dinner of the quarter, when on Sunday, may be rescheduled a little later to accommodate the ferry schedule. There are no other activities scheduled after dinner the evening before classes start; this evening is set aside for you to unpack and settle into your room.

If you need to arrive on campus earlier than 3:00 p.m. the day before classes start, you may store your belongings at FHL until dorm rooms are available. If you need to arrive a day or more earlier, please contact us to ask if housing will be available and, if not, you may need to stay in a hotel in Seattle, Anacortes (from where the ferry departs on the mainland) or in Friday Harbor.  For information about FHL housing availability and costs, please email FHL Housing Coordinator, Stephanie Zamora.


On the day of departure you will be asked to move your belongings out of your dorm room or hut by 11:00 a.m. so that FHL custodians can prepare rooms for a new group arriving soon thereafter.

  • SPRING and FALL QUARTER students may depart after classes end at 5:00 p.m. on Friday but may spend the night and depart the next day, Saturday, no later than 11 a.m. (breakfast is included).
  • SUMMER CLASSES students may depart after classes end at 12 p.m. on Friday or stay for lunch (included) and depart at 1 p.m. on Friday. After moving out of the dorm at 11 a.m., luggage may be stored on campus until departure later that same day.

Travel Planning

It may take up to half a day to travel between Seattle and Friday; if you are flying into Seattle from another city in the U.S. or internationally, you may need to spend the night near the Seattle airport in either or both travel directions.  Learn more about How to Get Here

Class Times

FHL courses and research apprenticeships require a full-time commitment, normally all day Monday-Friday in Spring and Autumn Quarters, Monday-Friday plus Saturday mornings for summer courses. It is not possible to commute daily from Seattle, and traveling to Seattle for the weekend can be very time consuming (and expensive) and we do not encourage travel during the quarter, although an occasional weekend away may be possible.

November Holiday (Thanksgiving)

Thanksgiving Day is always celebrated in the U.S. on the fourth Thursday of November. Over the Thanksgiving holiday week, classes will not be held Thursday or Friday. The FHL Dining Hall will be closed beginning after lunch on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning, reopening for dinner on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. You can decide to stay on the FHL campus over the four-day Thanksgiving holiday and we will give you access to cooking facilities during these days.  Most students choose to spend this time elsewhere.

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