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

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Our admission process is designed to help us get to know each other. From your initial inquiry through your application for admission, we work as partners with you. While we aim to illustrate what distinguishes our program and our community, we hope to gain a solid understanding of what is important to you and to your child.

We carefully consider what information and materials will be most appropriate and helpful in providing us with an accurate profile of where your child is in their own, unique educational journey.

While your online application and admission materials are both informative and essential, we want you to know that the most valuable (and joyful) part of this process for us is the opportunity to spend time with your child. Whether an Early School playgroup, a Lower School group admission visit, or the days our Middle and Upper School applicants spend visiting classes, nothing provides us with a fuller or more meaningful understanding of each applicant.

We are truly excited about our work together. Let’s get started!

Application Process

Early School

1. Campus Close-Up and/or Open House (Optional):

While attendance at our group information sessions is not required, these visits can provide a valuable opportunity for you to learn about our program and talk with our staff and current parents. Campus Close-Ups are scheduled for October 16 and November 14, 2018, and January 16, 2019. Our Open House is scheduled for Sunday, November 4 from 2:00-4:00 on our Main Campus. These group information sessions take place on our Main Campus but all three Early School Head Teachers are present to share information about the Early School program at each of our Early School locations.

Sign-Up for a Campus Close-Up or Open House

2. Individual Informational Visits:

If you would like to schedule an individual parent visit and tour with the Admission Office prior to submitting your application, we are very happy to arrange that. We are eager to make certain you have all the information you need as you consider applying. We schedule these informational visits at each of our Early School locations so you can choose the location you prefer:

  • Campus Early School – 4809 Friends School Road, Durham
  • Chapel Hill Early School – 531 Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill
  • Durham Early School – 404 Alexander Avenue, Durham

Please contact Aubrey Whisler in the Admission Office by phone (919.383.6602 x*221) or email (awhisler@cfsnc.org) to schedule your individual visit at one of our Early Schools. We look forward to seeing you.

3. Online Application for Admission (Required):

Please submit the initial application, parts A, B, and C as soon as possible to allow for flexibility in scheduling the visits which are part of the process. The first-round deadline for the initial application is January 5, 2019.

A. Quick Inquiry
B. Family Information
C. Application fee of $50

4. Parent Observational Visit - Required

Please submit the Parent Statement no later than January 19, 2019, which will enable us to schedule you for a Parent Observational Visit at the Early School to which you have applied. We suggest you also do this as soon as possible to allow for more options in scheduling this observational visit. If your child attends a pre-school program, please also submit a Teacher Recommendation no later than January 19, 2019 as well.

5. TADS Application

If you wish to be considered for adjusted tuition, please complete and submit the TADS information simultaneously with your application for admission.

6. Play Session (Required):

Once we receive parts A, B, and C of the application, the Admission Office will schedule Early School prospective students for a group play session on either Saturday, January 19 or Saturday, January 26, 2019 (snow date, February 2, 2019); the Admission Office will schedule any late applicants separately. If you do not live locally and have questions about attending a play session, please contact the Admission Office.

7. Completed Applications Due Date for First Round Consideration:

To have your application considered in our first round of decisions, please make sure that all paperwork has been completed and submitted by January 19, 2018. The Admission Office is happy to answer any questions about the timeline for those submitting late applications.

8. Admission Decision Notification Dates:

Admission decisions for the first round of applications for Early School will be communicated on February 15, 2019, the common notification date agreed upon by area independent schools. Applications submitted after the initial January date will be reviewed and considered separately.

Thank you for your interest in Carolina Friends School and for your application. We welcome your questions so please reach out to the Admission Office at any time.

Lower School

1. Campus Close-Up and/or Open House (Optional):

While attendance at our group information sessions is not required, these visits can provide a valuable opportunity for you to learn about our program and talk with our staff and current parents. Campus Close-Ups are scheduled for October 16 and November 14, 2018, and January 16, 2019. Our Open House is scheduled for Sunday, November 4 from 2:00-4:00 on our Main Campus.

Sign-Up for a Campus Close-Up or Open House

2. Individual Informational Visits:

If you would like to schedule an individual parent visit and tour with the Admission Office prior to submitting your application, we are very happy to arrange that. Whether you attend a group or individual information session, we are eager to make sure you have the information you need as you consider applying. If you have an individual parent visit before you submit your application, you are not required to have another parent visit as part of the application process unless you so desire.

Please contact Aubrey Whisler in the Admission Office by phone (919.383.6602 x*221) or email (awhisler@cfsnc.org) to schedule your individual visit.

3. Online Application for Admission (Required):

Please submit the initial application, parts A, B, and C as soon as possible to allow for flexibility in scheduling the visits which are part of the process. The first-round deadline for the initial application is January 15, 2019.

A. Quick Inquiry
B. Family Information
C. Application fee of $75

Complete and submit parts D, E, F at your earliest convenience but no later than January 30, 2019:

D. Parent Statement
E. Teacher Recommendation sent directly from your child’s current teacher to the Admission Office
F. School Records/Transcripts sent directly from your child’s current school to the Admission Office

4. TADS application

If you wish to be considered for adjusted tuition, please complete and submit the TADS information simultaneously with your application for Admission.

5. Group Visits for children applying to the Lower School (Required):

Once we receive parts A, B, and C of the application, the Admission Office will schedule Lower School applicants for a group visit on Saturday, February 9, 2019. The Admission Office will schedule any late applicants separately. If you do not live locally and have questions about attending this visit, please contact the Admission Office.

6. Schedule your parent visit with the Admission Office (Required):

If you have not already had an individual parent visit with the Admission Office, please schedule a convenient time to meet with us by contacting Aubrey Whisler by phone (919.383.6602 *x221) or email (awhisler@cfsnc.org).

7. Completed Applications due date for first round consideration:

To have your application considered in our first round of decisions, please make sure that all paperwork has been completed and submitted by January 30, 2019. The Admission Office is happy to answer any questions about the timeline for those submitting late applications.

8. Admission decision notification dates:

Admission decisions for the first round of applications for all Lower School applicants will be communicated on March 8, 2019, the common notification date agreed upon by area independent schools for applicants in grades 1-12. Applications submitted after the January date will be reviewed and considered separately.

Thank you for your interest in Carolina Friends School and for your application. We welcome your questions so please reach out to the Admission Office at any time.

Middle School

1. Campus Close-Up and/or Open House (Optional):

While attendance at our group information sessions is not required, these visits can provide a valuable opportunity for you to learn about our program and talk with our staff and current parents. Campus Close-Ups are scheduled for October 16 and November 14, 2018, and January 16, 2019. Our Open House is scheduled for Sunday, November 4 from 2:00-4:00 on our Main Campus.

Sign-Up for a Campus Close-Up or Open House

2. Individual Informational Visits:

If you would like to schedule an individual parent visit and tour with the Admission Office prior to submitting your application, we are very happy to arrange that. Whether you attend a group or individual information session, we are eager to make sure you have the information you need as you consider applying. If you have an individual parent visit before you submit your application, you are not required to have another parent visit as part of the application process unless you so desire.

Please contact Aubrey Whisler in the Admission Office by phone (919.383.6602 x*221) or email (awhisler@cfsnc.org) to schedule your individual visit.

3. Online Application for Admission (Required):

Please submit the initial application, parts A, B, and C as soon as possible to allow for flexibility in scheduling the visits which are part of the process.

A. Quick Inquiry
B. Family Information
C. Application fee of $75

4. Student Visit (Required):

Applicants are invited to spend the day in our Middle School. They will be hosted by a current student in the grade to which they are applying. The Admission Office will schedule this visit once we have received parts A - E of the application. Having both the Student Statement and the Parent Statement prior to an applicant’s visit helps us to match each applicant with the current student who will host them for the day.

D. Parent Statement (please submit prior to your child’s scheduled visit)
E. Student Statement (please submit prior to the student visit)

Complete and submit parts F and G and the optional part H at your earliest convenience but prior to January 30, 2019:

F. Teacher Recommendations sent directly from your child’s current teachers to the Admission Office
G. School Records/Transcripts sent directly from your child’s current school to the Admission Office

5. TADS application

If you wish to be considered for a tuition adjustment, please complete and submit the TADS application simultaneously with your Application for Admission.

6. Schedule your parent visit with the Admission Office (Required):

If you have not already had an individual parent visit with the Admission Office, please schedule a convenient time to meet with us by contacting Aubrey Whisler, (919.383.6602 x*221) or email (awhisler@cfsnc.org) to schedule your individual visit.

7. Completed Applications due date for first round consideration:

To have your application considered in our first round of decisions, please make sure that all paperwork has been completed and submitted by January 30, 2019. The Admission Office is happy to answer any questions about the timeline for those submitting late applications.

8. Admission decision notification dates:

Admission decisions for the first round of applications for all Middle School applicants will be communicated on March 8, 2019, the common notification date agreed upon by area independent schools for applicants in grades 1-12. Applications submitted after the January date will be reviewed and considered separately.

Thank you for your interest in Carolina Friends School and for your application. We welcome your questions so please reach out to us at any time.

Upper School

1. Campus Close-Up and/or Open House (Optional):

While attendance at our group information sessions is not required, these visits can provide a valuable opportunity for you to learn about our program and talk with our staff and current parents. Campus Close-Ups are scheduled for October 16 and November 14, 2018, and January 16, 2019. Our Open House is scheduled for Sunday, November 4 from 2:00-4:00 on our Main Campus.

Sign-Up for a Campus Close-Up or Open House

2. Individual Informational Visits:

If you would like to schedule an individual parent visit and tour with the Admission Office prior to submitting your application, we are very happy to arrange that. Whether you attend a group or individual information session, we are eager to make sure you have the information you need as you consider applying. If you have an individual parent visit before you submit your application, you are not required to have another parent visit as part of the application process unless you so desire.

Please contact Aubrey Whisler in the Admission Office by phone (919.383.6602 x*221) or email (awhisler@cfsnc.org) to schedule your individual visit.

3. Online Application for Admission (Required):

Please submit parts A, B, and C as soon as possible to allow for flexibility in scheduling the visits which are part of the process. The first-round deadline for the initial application is January 15, 2019.

A. Quick Inquiry
B. Family Information
C. Application fee of $75

4. Student Visit (Required):

Applicants are invited to spend the day in our Upper School. They will be hosted by a current student in the grade to which they are applying. The Admission Office will schedule this visit once we have received parts A - E of the application. Having both the Student Statement and the Parent Statement prior to an applicant’s visit helps us to match applicants with the student who will host them for the day.

D. Parent Statement (please submit prior to the student visit)
E. Student Statement (please submit prior to the student visit)

Complete and submit parts F, G, and H at your earliest convenience but prior to January 30, 2019:

F. English Teacher Recommendations sent directly from your child’s current teacher to the Admission Office
G. Math Teacher Recommendation sent directly from your child’s current teacher to the Admission Office
H. School Records/Transcripts sent directly from your child’s current school to the Admission Office

5. TADS application

If you wish to be considered for a tuition adjustment, please complete and submit the TADS application simultaneously with your Application for Admission.

6. Schedule your parent visit with the Admission Office (Required):

If you have not already had an individual parent visit with the Admission Office, please schedule a convenient time to meet with us by contacting Aubrey Whisler, (919.383.6602 x*221) or email (awhisler@cfsnc.org) to schedule your individual visit.

7. Completed Applications due date for first round consideration:

To have your application considered in our first round of decisions, please make sure that all paperwork has been completed and submitted by January 30, 2019. The Admission Office is happy to answer any questions about the timeline for those submitting late applications.

8. Admission decision notification dates:

Admission decisions for the first round of applications for all Upper School applicants will be communicated on March 8, 2019, the common notification date agreed upon for area independent schools. Applications submitted after the January date will be reviewed and considered separately.

Thank you for your interest in Carolina Friends School and for your application. We welcome your questions so please reach out to the Admission Office at any time.

International Students - Upper School

Carolina Friends School welcomes applications from international students who meet our criteria for Upper School admission. International applicants must complete the same admission process as all applicants for our Upper School which includes: an application, three years of transcripts, a math teacher recommendation, an English teacher recommendation, a writing sample, a Student Questionnaire and a Parent Questionnaire, a student visit and interview, and a parent visit and interview. If a student visit is not possible, after the rest of the application has been completed, we will consider arranging an online interview.

In addition to the application criteria, international students must also meet the following requirements:

TOEFL: International students should take the TOEFL test to demonstrate that they are prepared for Upper School, We expect a score of at least 90 for students applying to the first year of Upper School and scores of at least 100 for older students.

Living arrangements: We do not arrange home-stays and all international students must meet one of the following criteria relative to their living arrangements:

(1)The student must intend to live with immediate family who reside locally for the entire school year or

(2)The student must be referred to us by a family already affiliated with Carolina Friends School and this affiliated family must agree to serve as either the home-stay family or as back-up for another Carolina Friends School family who has agreed to be the primary home-stay.

I-20: To receive an I-20, an international student’s family must demonstrate the ability to pay tuition and living expense while at Carolina Friends School. Because of high demand for adjusted tuition, Carolina Friends School does not typically allocate adjusted tuition to international students.

Students residing and attending school in China: To better facilitate the application process for students from China, candidates who reside and attend school in China are required to interview with our partner educational consultant before we will arrange an interview with our Admission staff. This consultant will conduct preliminary interviews and facilitate short writing prompts. Please keep in mind that our partner consultant does not evaluate candidates; rather they send all information to Carolina Friends School and we then select students to be offered a second interview with our Admission staff. Please contact our partner consultant, Catherine M. Leary, M.Ed., at cleary120@gmail.com. There will be a $125.00/hour consulting fee for this service.

Timeline for 2018 – 2019

For First Round of Admission

Initial Online Application

Completed Information

TADS Financial Data

Decision Notification

Early School
(ages 3 – 6)

Jan. 5

Jan. 19

Jan. 19

Feb. 15

Lower School

Jan. 15

Jan. 30

Jan. 30

Mar. 8

Middle School Jan. 15

Jan. 30

Jan. 30

Mar. 8

Upper School Jan. 15

Jan. 30

Jan. 30

Mar. 8