Carolina Friends School

4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC 27705-0277
Tel: (919)383-6602
Grades: PK-12 | 506 students
Interscholastic sports are available for Middle and Upper School students.
Interscholastic sports are available for Middle and Upper School students.
Carolina Friends School was founded in 1962 by members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Chapel Hill and Durham. 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.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
State or regional independent school association
Religious Affiliation Friends
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded 1962

Student Body

Total Students 506 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Carolina Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 13 students
Number of AP Courses 6 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses Adv Biology, Adv Statistics, Calculus 1, Calculus 2, Adv French, Adv Spanish, Adv Physics,
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 4 / Jan. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition varies by level.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $7,548
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Kathleen Davidson
Admissions Associate Kathy Krahenbuhl


Total Sports Offered 8 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountrySoccer,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,

School Notes:

  • CFS is an independent Quaker school enrolling 500 students ages 3 to 18. We offer challenging academics, innovative arts programs, environmental education, global citizenship focus, extensive community service, interscholastic sports, and plenty of adventure. Each student is honored as a unique individual, offered real choices and responsibility, and expected to contribute to their community. 95% of recent graduates attend colleges of their choice.

Profile last updated: 07/17/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill (2.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill (2.9 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill (2.9 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 532 students
    2.9 miles
    4011 Pickett Road
    Durham, NC 27705
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-8 | 180 students
    3 miles
    4911 Neal Rd
    Durham, NC 27705
  • Durham
    Grades: NS-8 | 502 students
    3.4 miles
    3716 Erwin Road
    Durham, NC 27705
  • Chapel Hill
    Grades: PK-12 | 329 students
    3.4 miles
    6211 New Jericho Rd
    Chapel Hill, NC 27516
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 282 students
    3.7 miles
    3707 Garrett Rd
    Durham, NC 27707

School Reviews

I go to Carolina friends, and I like it a lot. I was in a public school before switching to CFS and I am much happier. I feel like the teachers pay way more attention to the students and there is not so much stress. It is very small, which is good for some people and not so good for others, but it really depends on you.
- Posted by Student/Alumni, 09/30/14
An outstanding school with an attentive, intelligent, caring and creative faculty. If one is looking for a place where their child will be known well by their teachers, and their child will be encouraged to grow as an individual while at the same time take care of their community, then CFS may be the right choice for you.
- Posted by Parent, 02/21/13

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