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A Pre-K to Grade 12 Independent Quaker Day School Serving the Greater Durham-Chapel Hill Area

A Quaker School

Quakers are humble. Quakers are thoughtful.

We are an independent Quaker school, which means that we are secular, inclusive, and deeply guided by Quaker values. We retain close relationships with the Durham and Chapel Hill Friends Meetings (with at least eight members serving on our Board of Trustees at any time), and we hold membership in the Friends Council on Education (FCE). Most students, parents, and teachers at CFS are not Quaker. They follow varied religious traditions or none at all, but our identity as a Friends School is central to who we are.

Quakers believe in the ability of each individual to become their best self, the power of community, and the importance of acting for the greater good.

The Religious Society of Friends began in mid-seventeenth century England as a Christian group focused on the “Inner Light” of each individual, empowering direct personal spiritual experience without creeds, doctrine, or clergy.

While there are no set beliefs in Quakerism, you will often see a common group of goals, called testimonies: simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship (SPICES). These testimonies are threads in the larger organic life of Quaker query and practice: to ask important questions in order to discern what actions are motivated by those questions. This requires reflection, mindfulness, and a balancing of the inner self and outer world.

Our School’s philosophy is shaped by Quaker values, and our educational practices are informed by that philosophy through:

  • Collaboration
  • Inquiry
  • Reflection
  • Service

Some examples of the ways in which Quakerism is lived in our daily life include showing mutual respect through community members (including students and teachers) referring to each other by first name, teaching peace education and conflict resolution at every age, and choosing a method of assessment that is based not on competition but on personal growth and considerations for the whole student.

We are Quakers, atheists, Muslims, Jews, Protestants, Catholics, Buddhists, Hindus, Bahá’í, and beyond. One thing we all believe in: the power of education.Rebecca Lanning, alumni parent