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Middle School (Ages 10-14)

Welcome! We hope this page will help you know how to apply for your child to become a CFS Middle School student.


Since its beginning, Carolina Friends School (CFS) has sought to build and maintain a student body fully representative of the surrounding community. We actively seek young people diverse in race, nationality, creed, family structure, physical ability, and socioeconomic background. In doing so, we continue to seek students from families whose values are in harmony with Quaker philosophy and with the educational goals of the School, and we consider the student’s potential to benefit from and contribute to the School.



Please apply online and submit supporting documents to the Admission Office on main campus. For consideration in the first round of admission, please submit your application between September 1 and January 15 of the preceding academic year – the earlier the better. In coordination with other local schools affiliated with the Triangle Independent School Consortium, we will notify families applying to the Middle School on March 3. This means that applicants’ files – including online application, main campus tour, teacher recommendations, school records (prior two years), parent interview, and student visit – should be complete before February 15.

Middle School Timetable: Apply by January 15

File complete by February 15

Notification date: March 3

Reply by March 17

We also welcome applications after January 15 and will consider all applications as spaces arise. And if you are learning about our school from out of town, please know that we will work with you to be sure that your child is considered for admission to CFS.

The Admission Committee is responsible for admission decisions in each unit. The complete application process typically includes the following steps:

  • A parent tour designed to orient parents to the overall program of the School. To schedule a tour, parents can contact the Admission Office at 919.383.6602, x221 or kkrahenbuhl [at] cfsnc.org.
  • A completed application and non-refundable $75 application fee.
  • Two confidential recommendations from teachers who have worked with the student. (These recommendations should be sent by the teachers directly to us by email, fax or mail.)
  • School transcripts, records and reports for the prior two academic years. Your current school will forward these records directly to our office upon your request.
  • An interview between the parents and the Director of Admission. This is an informal conversation in which you can share stories about your child in and out of school, as well as your hopes and concerns and any questions you might have. After submitting an application, if you have not already had this meeting, please contact the Admission Office to find a convenient time to schedule this.
  • A visit by the prospective student. When possible, student visits occur after the parent interviews, but we can also schedule these on the same day if that is more convenient for you.

Decisions and Notification

Families are notified about admission decisions on March 3: students are accepted, placed in the waiting pool, or denied admission to the School. Signed contracts for newly accepted students are due within ten business days.

Incomplete applications cannot be considered, and so we do what we can to help parents complete the process. We welcome applications at all times, and when spaces open up, the Admission Committee looks to the entire waiting pool, which then includes applications received after January 15.

Tuition Assistance

Decisions regarding admission are made independently of consideration of families’ financial situations, although we do not always have sufficient funds to offer assistance to all the families whose children we would like to enroll. The admission and tuition aid processes are concurrent so that when we offer admission to a family, we can notify them about the tuition they will be expected to pay. To apply for assistance, please go to Tuition Aid Data Services (TADS): www.tuitionaid.com.

If a family does not apply for tuition aid when applying for admission, we will not expect to consider them for assistance in the next year unless their financial circumstances change in unexpected ways.

Limited funds for tuition aid make it impossible to accommodate every family’s unique financial circumstances. If you wonder whether you would qualify for assistance, you may want to call the Director of Admission to discuss your situation, but only the TADS analysis can reveal for sure whether families qualify for aid.

Future Consideration

If your child is placed in the waiting pool, we may contact you in the fall to ask whether you would like your child’s application reactivated for consideration for the following year, without charge. (When a waiting pool is unrealistically large, we may reduce it at the end of the summer, before inviting families to reactivate applications.)

If you are offered a space in our first round of admission and refuse it, you would need to reapply if you decided to have your child considered at a later time.

If you have questions about the status of your application, or any aspect of the admission process, please feel free to call the Director of Admission to request information. When in doubt, please contact us. We’re eager to help!

Revised October 2016

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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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