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The mission of CFS Summer Programs is to provide a high-quality, enriching, fun, and diverse experience to students from a wide range of backgrounds and consistent with the philosophy of Carolina Friends School.

Hours: M-F 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Extended Day Option: M-F 8:00 am - 5:45 pm

Extended Learning (Summer Programs) Contact:

  • For new students, please create a CampInTouch account.
  • For already-registered, returning students, please visit my account.
Our Location: CFS Main Campus
Class Size:

Our courses for ages 4-18 generally have 10-14 students with one instructor and sometimes counselors-in-training or interns to assist. We enroll a smaller number in our Early Learner classes and more in some athletic and sports courses.

The workshops typically run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with Extended Day options available (please see below).

Extended Day:

We have Extended Day for students needing care before and/or after workshops, overseen by adult leaders with college and high school-age assistants (generally a 1:8 ratio of staffers to students).

  • Extended Day takes place in air-conditioned buildings.
  • Snack is served around 4:15 pm for those campers staying until 5:45 pm. We do not serve peanuts, but children with food allergies should pack their own snacks.
  • Planned activities are organized daily, and students have places for free time and reading.
  • The fee for Extended Day is a separate charge.
  • A $5 late fee is assessed for every five (5) minutes beyond the registered Extended Day period. Thank you for picking up on time--it's very helpful to our staff.
  • Daily emergency Extended Day fee is $10 per hour. There are four plans from which to choose:
8:00 am Drop Off 25
4:00 pm Pick Up 30
5:45 pm Pick Up 65
8:00 am - 5:45 pm 75


We appreciate the financial investment and other choices made by families to enroll a child in CFS Summer Programs. Our courses generally run from $270 $295 per week. From that amount, we cover course-specific and program-wide expenses; provide tuition assistance for students who wouldn't otherwise be able to participate; compensate our staff (and are intentional about wanting to increase what we're able to do for them over the next three years); and return to the School resources that support teaching and learning during the academic year.

We also want to increase our tuition assistance and nonprofit partnerships over the next few years. To that end, we invite you to consider during the enrollment process if you might make a tax-deductible contribution to CFS (in addition to your annual support of your child's school) to help enable another child to enjoy a fun summer experience on our 126 acres. Thank you!

Tax ID Number: 56-0812560
Late Registration/Wait List:
  • We happily maintain a wait-list, especially because we do sometimes have cancelations. Enrollments are accepted up to the first day of each session.
  • If a class is full, we encourage you to enroll in an alternative course AND then to contact us to go on the wait-list for the original course (there is no tuition deposit required for the wait-list course). If an opening occurs and your child is next on the list, we'll contact you to see if you're still interested.
  • Remember that as families' plans change, so does our website, so please check back with us. We'll keep our website up-to-date on openings.
Late Pick-Up Fees:
  • If you're late picking up your child after a workshop (and not enrolled in Extended Day), your child will be taken to the Extended Day site and signed in. You will be charged $10 per hour. Pick-up time is 3:00 pm -- just drive in, students will be waiting with their group and teacher. Thanks for being on time!
  • If you're late picking up from Extended Day after 4:00 or 5:45 pm (depending on your plan), there is a $5 late fee per five minutes.
  • EMERGENCY HOURLY CARE (late to pick up, late at doctor's office, running late, have to stay at work late, etc.) is $10 per hour.
Transportation: Transportation for field trips is on 14-passenger mini-buses with seat belts. Field trips are usually limited to ages 8-18 workshops. But some of the exploratory camps for our younger set, such as Forest Adventure Trekkers and Creek Explorers, may visit the nearby waterways. Riding in a bus may be more suitable than walking to the site.
Lunch and Snacks: All students should bring a snack and a water bottle. We do have a cafe located in the Gym and open for drinks, snacks, and treats. We're offerings basic breakfast options for everyone and free coffee for adults before our 9:00 am start each day.

The Cafe is open at 10:30 am for morning snacks and again at lunch. Prices generally range from $.25 to $2.00 per item. We regret we cannot accommodate special diets, so if your child has food allergies or particular dietary needs and is in Extended Day, thank you for providing snacks.

Frequently asked questions are below!

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
Where is Carolina Friends School located?
CFS is situated on 126 acres of woodlands and pastureland between Chapel Hill and Durham. Please see the Map & Directions link for specific information.
Where and when do CFS Summer Programs take place?
Most courses take place on our main campus at 4809 Friends School Road from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday-Friday with Extended Day options in the morning and afternoon. Pick up takes place at 3:00 pm (if not enrolled in Extended Day) in front of the School. Just drive up on the circle drive and you student will be waiting for you! We do offer Extended Day for our students. Early drop off starts at 8:00 am and late pick up can be either at 4:00 or 5:45 pm, according to your plan.
What ages are served by CFS Summer Programs?
We offer courses for students ages 4 to 18 (a range newly expanded for 2017!). The age of the students is next to the course title. We trust parents' understanding of their children, including whether they generally work better with older or younger peers. You can determine if your nine-year-old will be most happy and successful as the oldest in a course for six to nine-year-olds or as the youngest in a course for nine to thirteen-year-olds. Thank you for thoughtfully considering the placement most likely to be successful for your student.
What about options for younger students?
Our Campus Early School courses for students ages 4-6 are led by early-childhood educators assisted by a CIT and a high school or college Intern. Students as young as five may also enroll in other courses in our Lower School and other Main Campus locations. We also offer morning and afternoon Extended Day care for all these students in the Quaker Dome with elementary-age students.
What about options for older students?
We're delighted to be piloting courses for high school-age students for the first time in 2017! We have experienced educators leading innovative programs in athletic skills and conditioning (volleyball), entrepreneurship, environmental education, filmmaking, forensic science, and social justice activism. Older high schoolers (ages 16+) may also apply to serve for a minimum of three weeks (consecutive or nonconsecutive) in our unpaid Internship Program, with the possibility of paid work in Extended Care before and/or after the 9:00 am to 3:00 pm regular camp day.
How do I enroll my student?
Online enrollment can be completed with a free account at our CampInTouch site. If you already have a CampInTouch account from Summer 2015 or 2016 or another CFS Extended Learning program, please go to your current account.

Enrollment starts on a first-come, first-served basis within a week after the early February release of the schedule.
What if my child doesn't like the course?
If your child is enrolled in a course that doesn't seem the right fit, this needs to be discussed with the course instructor and then with the Director of Extended Learning. Although we strive to have happiness as our goal, every child is different and every situation is different. Sometimes students want to change because they see a friend in another workshop. Or perhaps the course is not a good fit for the child because of age and maturity. We may not be able to make a change, but we'll try to work with your student and you as best we can to make sure your child has a positive experience. There is a $10 change fee.
Is financial aid available?
We're happy to be able to offer tuition assistance so that additional children may enjoy summertime at CFS. The amount is limited, so we cannot guarantee support. Please complete the Tuition Assistance Request (which can be emailed or mailed to the Extended Learning Office). We want to work with you to see what might be possible.

Over time, we hope to increase our tuition assistance resources and to forge more partnerships with local, youth-serving nonprofits.

We invite families during the online course enrollment process to consider if they might make a tax-deductible contribution to CFS to help provide a Summer Programs opportunity for another student.

Do you accept credit cards for payment?
Yes, we gladly take credit card payments. We can’t accept card numbers over the phone, so please register and pay through CampInTouch.
Will we receive a refund if my child is ill?
We cannot refund for illness during a session unless we can fill your child's space. If we have a wait list for the course, we'll gladly contact another family immediately to see if they’re still interested; if we can fill your space, you'll receive a refund minus your deposit.
Is there food at CFS for my child to purchase?
We have a Cafe for breakfast and snack in the morning and for lunch time. Younger students don’t always visit the Cafe...you can check with your child's course teacher.
What should my student bring to CFS Summer Programs?
Comfortable clothes for indoor and outdoor activity, a hat, sunscreen (already applied and an additional supply), a water bottle, insect repellent (for any nature/outdoor courses), a packed lunch, and a backpack for any extra belongings (including a change of clothes, if necessary). The week before the start of your child’s program, we’ll email you with more details.
Why are you called the Extended Learning Office and not the Summer Programs Office?

Extended Learning @ CFS is an umbrella, created in Fall 2016, that includes existing after-school care and summer programs.

In addition, we're exploring new enrichment options for students, adults, and families--in the CFS community and beyond. We’ve launched after-school Student Enrichment courses (from art to maker programs), weekend Family Enrichment courses, and Camp CFS for student care on teacher workdays. In Summer 2017, we’re initiating a student and teacher exchange with The Friends School in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. We’re exploring adult enrichment courses and travel and other opportunities at the local, regional, national, and international levels. As they continue to develop and grow, many of these programs will be available to non-CFS families and community members.

Please contact Anthony L. Clay, Director of Extended Learning, at ExtendedLearning@cfsnc.org or 919.383.6602 x263, for more information. We'd love to hear from you!

We reserve the right to ask a student not to return due to behavioral problems. Program fees will be forfeited.

Also, if insufficient information is provided on a medical form and our teachers are unable to work with a student due to behavioral issues connected to a medical or behavioral condition not disclosed, we reserve the right not to invite the student back for that session or future sessions.

Thank you for giving us the necessary information to ensure your child and all children have a pleasant, positive experience.

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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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