Cambridge Friends School

A leader in education through a social justice lens, Cambridge Friends School is an elementary and middle school (preK-8) committed to project-based, experiential learning.
The only Quaker school in Massachusetts, CFS educates the whole child in an environment that fosters the development of each child`s potential. Dedicated to preparing children for the future, CFS inspires a life-long love of learning.
As part of our commitment to social justice, Cambridge Friends School is engaged in building an anti-racist, anti-homophobic community and actively seeks students and staff from a diverse range of family structures and racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds.
Our community tries to go beyond mere tolerance to more deeply address issues of bias and privilege.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1961

Student Body

Total Students205 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Cambridge Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers28 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 10 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$27,000
Tuition NotesTuition rates for 2016-2017: Pre-K - $26,750 K - $27,400 Grade 1 - $28,100 Grade 2 - $28,900 Grade 3 - $29,900 Grade 4 - $30,900 Grade 5 - $32,200 Grade 6 - $33,300 Grade 7 - $34,400 Grade 8 - $35,500
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$14,500
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorAlexandra Penry
Admissions AssociateJessica Rodriguez


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsBasketball, SoccerBasketballSoccer,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.8 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Lower School Extended Day, Middle School Extended Day

Arts and Music Programs:
African Drumming, Instrumental Music and Dance, Jazz Band, Piano, Saxophone, Woodwind

School Notes

  • As part of our commitment to social justice, we are engaged in building an anti-racist, anti-homophobic community, and we actively seek students and staff from a diverse range of family structures and racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. Our community tries to go beyond mere tolerance to more deeply address issues of bias and privilege.
  • The Quaker belief that there is that of God in every person -- the Light or Spirit within -- is the foundation of our faith both in the worth of each student and in his or her potential for growth. We honor each student's strengths and abilities. The school will challenge and support each child to achieve excellence in all areas of the curriculum. We believe this happens best in a diverse community of children and adults working together in mutual trust and respect.
  • Our curriculum is designed to develop broad literacy and to stimulate intellectual integrity and love of learning in all students. Daily work focuses on developing competence and confidence in analytical, critical, verbal, creative, mathematical, aesthetic, physical, and spiritual areas. In accordance with Quaker commitment to the search for truth, we believe that learning is not only acquiring a body of information but a process and a mode of inquiry. Our goal is that students will be learners and seekers throughout their lives.
  • We strive to create a safe environment where children are encouraged both to stand up for their convictions in the face of opposition and to listen to others with a willingness to change. Teachers help children of all ages to develop a commitment to truthfulness and personal integrity and to be responsible and effective members of a group and the larger community. As children acquire an inner discipline and sense of themselves, they learn that their knowledge and understanding are created through their own work, not received as unexamined truth from others. Our expectation is that students will grow as active participants, not bystanders, in their own affairs and in those of the world around them.
  • Silence is an integral part of the life of the school, and its use arises from Quaker practice. Silence can lead to an awareness of that inner stillness where we can have moments of clarity. Periods of silence are valued in a variety of settings, including a weekly Quaker Meeting held throughout the school.
  • We live in a world where racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism, ableism, and other forms of oppression exist, not only among individuals but in our society and institutions. As an educational community of faith, we are challenged to empower students to make positive change in this world, and to do the same, ourselves, as an institution.
  • In keeping with the Quaker Peace Testimony, we are committed to peaceful conflict resolution. Disagreement and conflict are inevitable in any group; we work to achieve understanding through respectful dialogue, negotiation, and an ongoing redefinition of perspectives. We trust in the power of the Spirit within to help us achieve the just and caring community we envision.
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
Progressive but not preachy like other area schools. New leadership at the school is setting a strong course. Our first hand experience has been very good. Children learn by doing along with important "values."
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Our family's experience at CFS has been nothing short of wonderful. We chose Cambridge Friends for our child for several reasons: the focus on social justice in the curriculum (including explicit anti-racism and anti-bias curriculum); the warm, welcoming, and diverse community; the expertise of the teachers; and the maturity and well-roundedness of the students and alumni we met at the informational events we attended. We could see clearly that the young people graduating from CFS were leaving with not only a strong academic grounding, but perspectives that were deeply thoughtful, collaborative, confident, and self-aware.The staff and teachers have been outstanding, the communication from the school is excellent, and the quality of education our child is receiving definitely meets or exceeds our expectations. We have a math fiend who is ahead of his cohort on math skills, and his teacher has made the effort to provide enrichment materials; I've seen again and again how much care the teachers put into getting to know each child and supporting their growth and development, both academically and socially/emotionally. We especially appreciated CFS's approach to the Pre-K/K years it's very age-appropriate and an easy transition from preschool. There is a great sense of community among the families here, and a shared commitment to practicing the values of community, integrity, social justice, and so on not just preaching about them.
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Our daughter has attended the school since kindergarten, and we have all been extremely happy to have her there. Core academic subjects are well taught, but the school really excels in its emphasis on social justice: not only do the children learn the necessary information, but they do so in such a way that they really absorb the teachings, and it becomes second nature to them.The small class sizes help engender strong friendships, and teachers have all been of extremely high quality. There are excellent programs for extended day, that allows children to mix with a broader range of ages, and 'auxiliary classes', that include music, dance, drama and art.I wholeheartedly recommend CFS to parents for whom social justice is an integral part of their child's education.
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