Carolina Friends School

Carolina Friends School Photo #1 - Interscholastic sports are available for Middle and Upper School students.
  • 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.

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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 AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Year Founded1962

Student Body

Total Students506 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade Carolina Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers64 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size13 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAdv Biology, Adv Chemistry, Adv French, Adv Physics, Adv Spanish, Adv Statistics, Calculus 1, Calculus 2
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 4 / Jan. 15 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition varies by level.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$7,548
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorNancy Hayes
Admissions AssociateAmy Catlin


Total Sports Offered10 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
TennisTrack and Field,
Ultimate FrisbeeVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Design Club, Diversity & Multicultural Club, Dungeons and Dragons Club, Environmental Club, Improve Club, Interfaith Alliance, Investment Club, Nerdfighter Club, Social Justice Club, Ultimate Frisbee Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Dance Program, Music Program, Performing Arts

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Tennis Club

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.

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  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 1229 students
    3.7 miles
    3501 Ridge Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919) 493-5787
    3.7 PK-12
  • Durham
    Grades: K-12 | 176 students
    7.4 miles
    3519 Fayetteville St
    Durham, NC 27707
    (919) 688-4245
    7.4 K-12
  • Durham
    Grades: K-12 | 134 students
    6.3 miles
    809 Proctor St
    Durham, NC 27707
    (919) 688-3040
    6.3 K-12
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-12 | 266 students
    3.7 miles
    3707 Garrett Rd
    Durham, NC 27707
    (919) 489-2655
    3.7 PK-12
  • Durham
    Grades: PK-8 | 490 students
    3.4 miles
    3716 Erwin Road
    Durham, NC 27705
    (919) 416-9420
    3.4 PK-8

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 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.
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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.
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