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

Strategic Planning

To build a sustainable educational community for a responsible, global future by enhancing Carolina Friends School's capacity to equip and inspire students to learn, lead, and serve.

With more than 50 years behind us, Carolina Friends School has been engaged in the process of envisioning the next phase in the life of our school. Together with consultants Ian Symmonds & Associates, the strategic planning committee, composed of Board, staff, and students, met for an extended period. The group, guided by community member input by survey and focus group conversations, worked to identify the key issues on which to focus attention during this long-range planning cycle. We look forward to sharing the full and complete strategic vision in Fall 2019.

Meeting the Challenge

Our previous strategic plan, Meeting the Challenge, was approved in December 2008 and emerged from a community-wide process to consider the question: "What will it take for Carolina Friends School to thrive?"

The plan focused on the following areas:

  • Achieving Economic Sustainability Through Advancement
  • Arts: Integral to the 21st Century Curriculum
  • Environmental Education: Preparing for the Global Challenges of Our Time
  • Global/International Studies: Preparing Students for Global Citizenship
  • Professional Culture: Nurturing Our Staff
  • Land and Facilities: Nurturing Our Learning Environment
  • Quaker Character: Preserving and Strengthening the Spiritual Foundation of the School

Building Friends

Implementation included hiring the School's first Director of Advancement as well as launching the Building Friends capital campaign. With the support of our donors, we have realized many physical plant initiatives, including:

  1. Chapel Hill Early School expansion and enhancements
  2. Quaker Dome enclosure and renovation for year-round athletic, physical education, and event purposes
  3. Middle School expansion and enhancements, including a new science wing and new classrooms, tutoring, and studio space
  4. a new greenhouse for our science and gardening programs, across units
  5. an enlarged Upper School art studio made possible by relocating the Middle School studio to the expanded Middle School building
  6. an enhanced Upper School computer lab
  7. an Upper School Physics lab and makerspace for our science and design and engineering programs
  8. six tennis courts and a relocated and expanded baseball field
  9. Lower School expansion and enhancements, including of library, Spanish, art, music, and science
  10. a meeting space added to the Campus Early School
  11. a new wastewater treatment system, roadwork, and other infrastructure
  12. a new 350-seat theater for dance, drama, and music performances