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Lower School


Through a rich and varied experience in and beyond the classroom, the CFS Lower School nurtures children's intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth.

The curriculum draws on the developmental theories of Jean Piaget, Vygotsky's understanding of the social construction of knowledge, and Howard Gardner's insights on multiple intelligences.

And, of course, learning is also shaped by the individual interests of our students and teachers.

The result: a meaningful and dynamic enterprise.

As they experiment and explore, answering questions of real relevance, children develop skills of inquiry and reasoning, problem solving, and communication that serve them well for years to come.


Located on the main campus of Carolina Friends School, rooms in the Lower School are open, colorful, and designed for maximum flexibility, providing space for both independent study and group learning as well as for play. In fact, in Fall 2015 we opened a new building and celebrated a complete renovation of the existing structures! 

The large playground invites a variety of creative play activities, while the School's creek and wooded, rural setting offer an ideal environment for exploration and nature study.

We invite you to explore a CFS Lower School education for your child!


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What's New in Lower School 


Posted 09/20/2017 09:48AM
Crafts and goodies made by students will be on sale during pick-up on Friday, Sept. 22 and Monday, Sept. 25.
Posted 08/21/2017 09:54AM
Families, join us for first day of school Coffee and the welcome picnic Sunday, August 27.
Posted 06/06/2017 02:43PM
From picture books to chapter books, biographies to graphic novels, plan your summer reading.
Posted 03/29/2017 10:25AM
As part of the student-planned Spirit Week, students joined an international effort to draw attention to global water issues.
Posted 02/28/2017 06:38PM
Options included Scottish Country Dancing, Synth Party, Hot Glue Frenzy, Math Games, Valentine Making, and Kitchen Chemistry.
Posted 02/01/2017 10:49AM
Book lists related to immigration, refugees, social activism, kindness, and unity compiled by Lower School Librarian Natalie Harvey.

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Carolina Friends School          
4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC 27705
919.383.6602 tel / 919.383.6009 fax / info@cfsnc.org

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