Carolina Friends School

Carolina Friends School Photo #1 - Interscholastic sports are available for Middle and Upper School students.
Carolina Friends School is a preK-12 co-ed day school inspired by Quaker values, committed to excellence in all we do. We believe the best education amplifies a child`s curiosity, courage, and creative thinking.
Every day, we empower our students to question the world around them, discover their passions, think deeply and use their voices in service of the greater good.
Because when our students are taught how to think, not just what to think, they are prepared to confidently navigate their own path, advocate for themselves and others, and impact the world around them.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 506 students
  • Acceptance rate: 46%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 4 / Jan. 15 / rolling

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Carolina Friends School places among the top 20% of private schools in North Carolina for:

School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Learning Difference Programs
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
506 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade
Carolina Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Jan. 4 / Jan. 15 / rolling
Tuition Notes
Tuition varies by level.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Nancy Hayes
Admissions Associate
Amy Catlin



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
14 extracurriculars
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

  • In today`s world, academic excellence is often erroneously measured by sheer rigor, and achievement is defined by how many hours you study or how many classes and activities you can handle. Yet, studies show that the best learning happens when students have balance. They need the space to collaborate, the opportunity to contribute to their own learning experience and the challenge to apply their knowledgein meaningful ways. That's what academic excellence truly means.
  • At Carolina Friends School, we reject rigor for rigor`s sake. We have decades of experience with what is now viewed as best practice. And, with our commitment to excellence in teaching and learning, our students learn with purpose in order to live a life full of purpose.
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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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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked NC School
  • Grades: Nursery/Preschool-12
  • Students: 506 students
  • Acceptance rate: 46%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 4 / Jan. 15 / rolling

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The average private school tuition in Durham, NC is $10,477 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Durham, NC is 69% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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