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Lower School


Through a rich and varied experience in and beyond the classroom, the CFS Lower School nurtures children's intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth.

The curriculum draws on the developmental theories of Jean Piaget, Vygotsky's understanding of the social construction of knowledge, and Howard Gardner's insights on multiple intelligences.

And, of course, learning is also shaped by the individual interests of our students and teachers.

The result: a meaningful and dynamic enterprise.

As they experiment and explore, answering questions of real relevance, children develop skills of inquiry and reasoning, problem solving, and communication that serve them well for years to come.


Located on the main campus of Carolina Friends School, rooms in the Lower School are open, colorful, and designed for maximum flexibility, providing space for both independent study and group learning as well as for play. In fact, in Fall 2015 we opened a new building and celebrated a complete renovation of the existing structures! 

The large playground invites a variety of creative play activities, while the School's creek and wooded, rural setting offer an ideal environment for exploration and nature study.

We invite you to explore a CFS Lower School education for your child!


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What's New in Lower School 


Posted 02/28/2017 06:38PM
Options included Scottish Country Dancing, Synth Party, Hot Glue Frenzy, Math Games, Valentine Making, and Kitchen Chemistry.
Posted 02/01/2017 10:49AM
Book lists related to immigration, refugees, social activism, kindness, and unity compiled by Lower School Librarian Natalie Harvey.
Posted 12/27/2016 12:31PM
Lower School students pick their favorites from a variety of holiday-themed offerings. Choices this time included Coding with ScratchJr, Holiday Baking, The Grinch who Stole Christmas, and Gingerbread Houses (a holiday tradition for fourth-year students).
Posted 12/09/2016 10:23AM
In honor of Computer Science Education Week, CFS Lower School students devoted extra time with apps designed to build computer literacy.
Posted 11/15/2016 09:07AM
A statement from Interim Head of School Renee Prillaman.
Posted 10/20/2016 09:24AM
Bins for collection will be in all area units Monday, October 24 through Friday, October 28.

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Carolina Friends School          
4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC 27705
919.383.6602 tel / 919.383.6009 fax / info@cfsnc.org

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