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CFS At a Glance


    Carolina Friends School is a vibrant and inclusive learning community empowering students to think critically, creatively, and independently. We foster active exploration and quiet reflection, individual endeavor and collaborative engagement. Inspired by Quaker values -- pursuit of truth, respect for all, peaceful resolution of conflict, simplicity, the call to service -- we teach our children that it is possible to change the world.

    Read more about our Philosophy.


    • 514 students, ages 3 to 18
    • Students come from Durham, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Pittsboro, Hillsborough, Mebane, Cary, Raleigh, and beyond in the Triangle, and even internationally.

    • Student/Staff Ratio: 9:1 

    • Class of 2016 (39 students)
      • SAT Critical Reading Mean = 567 (Middle 50%: 460-640)
      • SAT Math Mean = 538 (Middle 50%: 470-620)
      • SAT Writing Mean = 554 (Middle 50%: 490-610) 
      • ACT Composite Middle 50% = 19-29 

    3 campuses
    • Chapel Hill Early School (adjacent to the Chapel Hill Friends Meeting and UNC-Chapel Hill)
    • Durham Early School (adjacent to the Durham Friends Meeting and Duke University)
    • Main Campus (Campus Early School, Lower School, Middle School, Upper School)

    Main Campus

    • 126 wooded acres, with a stream and nature trails, bordering the Duke Forest and across Friends School Road from the Duke Campus Farm
    • 15 minutes from Chapel Hill, Durham, and Hillsborough
    • 14 classroom buildings, including libraries, science and computer laboratories, art and music studios, a performing arts center, two athletic buildings, and a meeting hall
    • two libraries with 24/7 online access to research and other databases
    • playgrounds, baseball and soccer/ultimate Frisbee fields, tennis courts
    • facilities reflect ongoing efforts to reclaim water, recycle waste, and harness geothermal and solar energy

    • Founded in 1962 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and opened in 1964.
      • Learn more about the history of the School in this interview with two of its co-founders.
      • At least eight members of the Board of Trustees attend the Chapel Hill and Durham Friends Meetings, and we hold membership in the Friends Council on Education (FCE).
    • CFS was one of the first schools in the South to pursue a deliberate policy of racial integration.


    • We have a staff of 105.
    • They're known for excellence, creativity, and dedication.
    • They've cumulatively been teaching 1250 years!
    • They've been at CFS from a few months to 46 years, with an average tenure of 13 years here.
    • Over 55% have earned graduate degrees.
    • They come from England, Ireland, Liberia, and throughout the United States.
    • They bring teaching experience in public, charter, Quaker, and other independent schools as well as colleges and universities.
    • They present at conferences and workshops, write grants, publish, and receive awards.

    • Roughly one in four students come to CFS (founded as a deliberately racially integrated school) from families who are African-American or African, Asian-American or Asian, Hispanic or Latino, Native American, Middle Eastern, multiracial, or international.
    • We have many LGBT students, families, and staff members, and a long history of welcoming and supporting these community members.
    • From the beginning, this Quaker school has welcomed families of all religious faiths and of no faith.


    • Southern Association of Independent Schools
    • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools


    • Friends Council on Education (FCE)
    • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
    • Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
    • North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS)
    • North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association (NCISAA)
    • Eastern Plains Independent Conference (EPIC)
    • Independent Curriculum Group (ICG--founding member)
    • Southern Association of College Admission Counseling (SACAC)
    • National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
    • Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP)
    • Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
    • National Business Officers Association

    9 Middle School and Upper School sports
    • baseball
    • basketball
    • cross-country
    • soccer
    • swimming
    • tennis
    • track and field
    • ultimate Frisbee
    • volleyball

    JV and Varsity teams for boys and/or girls

    • 13 Middle School
    • 17 Upper School


    • Eastern Plains Independent Conference (EPIC)
      • Carolina Friends
      • Cary Christian
      • Grace Christian
      • The O’Neal School
      • St. David’s
      • Trinity Academy of Raleigh
      • Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill
    • North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association
    For the first round of admissions....
    • please apply by January 4 for Early Schools and the first year of Lower School, and January 15 for older Lower School classes, as well as  Middle and Upper School
    • decisions are made in February and March


    $11,860-$20,490 tuition per year (2016-2017)
    • Early School: $11,860-$20,490 (depending on length of school day)
    • Lower School: $17,040
    • Middle School: $18,750
    • Upper School: $19,960

    Almost a million dollars in need-based tuition aid (over 11% of tuition revenue) awarded to 26% of CFS students

    • Budget: $10.6 million
    • Endowments: $10 million
    • Friends of Friends School annual fund giving: $373,000 (2015-2016)

    • Each year, close to 900 campers from the Triangle and as far as California, Canada, China, Korea, and India spend part of their summer at Carolina Friends in one of 100+ camps over eight or nine weeks.
    • Year after year, CFS Summer Programs are recognized by the Indyweek "Best of...." awards.

    In order to be true to its calling and philosophy, Carolina Friends School actively seeks...
    • A student body and staff that reflect diversity of race, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious affiliation, and socioeconomic background.
    • Effective and creative strategies for helping students achieve and responsibly utilize their full potential: intellectual, physical, spiritual, imaginative, social, and emotional.
    • Financial contributions to support teaching and learning, to improve facilities, and to build endowments for staff salaries, tuition aid, student and staff diversity, and buildings and grounds.

    Carolina Friends School strives to be a community of staff, students, and families of diverse backgrounds. CFS does not discriminate based on age, race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure, genetic information, religion, physical disability, socioeconomic background, national or ethnic origin, military service, or any other protected category in the administration of its policies and programs.

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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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