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Carolina Friends School is a vibrant and inclusive learning community empowering students to think critically, creatively, and independently. We prepare students to be lifelong learners who think deeply and question the world around them.

We enroll over 500 students in our four developmentally designed units: Early School, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School. 

We encourage you to begin the admission process in the fall prior to your child’s year of entry to allow time to explore our program and campus and to provide you flexibility in completing the application requirements. 

Help us get to know you through our inquiry form or by contacting 919-383-4844 or Questions and conversation are always welcome. We look forward to starting this journey together.

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At A Glance

We are a Quaker day school near Durham, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Carolina Friends School includes three Early Schools for ages 3–6 (one on main campus, one in Durham by Duke University, and one in Chapel Hill by UNC); a Lower School (equivalent to grades 1–4); a Middle School (equivalent to grades 5–8); and an Upper School (grades 9–12).

We are members of National, Southern, and North Carolina Associations of Independent Schools, National and Southern Associations for College Admissions Counseling, and Friends Council on Education. Carolina Friends School is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Founded 1962

Lower School opened 1964

500+ Students

Across 4 units and 3 campuses


Main campus


School average student to staff


Include 14 classroom buildings


Art and music studios + a performing arts center




2 athletic buildings + tennis courts + 3 fields

$2.1 M

Total funds available for tuition adjustments last year

Ages 3-18

Range of students at our School


Staff with advanced degrees


Graduates attend colleges or universities of their choice


Students in our adjusted tuition program


Racial/ethnic diversity

Extended Day

Enrichment opportunities across ages and interests

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We welcome your emails through the link below, or you can call us at 919-383-4844.

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Nancy Hayes

Nancy Hayes

Director of Enrollment
Clay Thomas

Clay Thomas

Assistant Director of Enrollment for Equity and Community Outreach
Amy Catlin

Amy Catlin

Enrollment Coordinator