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Different by Design:

How We Teach and Learn

At Carolina Friends, learning is dynamic, experiential, and interactive. Students encounter open-ended questions, undertake original projects of real relevance, explore the natural world, and immerse themselves in service learning. In doing so, they build impressive powers of critical, creative, and independent thinking and expression. It is an exceptional education shaped by a clear set of beliefs: a commitment to Quaker values, a love of children, and a sense of hope for the communities, local and global, they will soon lead and serve.

It is learning with a purpose, it is learning in nature, it is learning in the territory of ideas, it is learning in relationship, it is learning that is global and experiential, it is learning that is empowered, it is learning with a sense of high and hopeful expectation.

On this page, we want to highlight some of the ways CFS offers an exceptional--and often distinctive--education.

For example, here's an essay, Vigor and Rigor, by the late Linda DiLorenzo, a former Upper School parent and trustee, that features Principal Mike Hanas as the School's tallest dance student!

Linda, a videographer, also created four filmed vignettes (no more than about two minutes long) that give additional glimpses into classroom pedagogy and other aspects of the student experience at Carolina Friends:

  • Rob Jentsch, a 2005 CFS alumnus and Macalester College graduate, talks about creating an Upper School End-of-Year service learning trip to El Salvador.
  • Dr. Robert Allen, a UNC Chapel Hill professor with joint appointments in history and communication studies, explains why his family chose Carolina Friends School for their daughter.
  • Linda DiLorenzo shares an alumna's response to her question about how CFS prepares graduates for the "real world."
  • Finally, Dr. Allen speaks to the kind of high school preparation that leads to success in college (it's not necessarily a transcript with grades!).

As a current or former student, parent, grandparent, staff member, or trustee, do you have a story to share here--in a brief paragraph, a longer essay, or an audio or video file--that illuminates particularities of Carolina Friends? If so, please contact Anthony L. Clay by email or at 919.383.6602 x268. We want to hear from you!

These videos require Flash player.  If you don't have Flash or are using a device that does not support it, please go to our YouTube channel to view these videos.

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Durham, NC 27705
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