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

At A Glance

Carolina Friends School (CFS) is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. We are a Quaker school with a main campus on 126 acres near Durham, Chapel Hill, and Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Facilities include 14 classroom buildings; Lower and Middle/Upper School libraries; science, maker, and computer labs; a greenhouse; art and music studios; a performing arts center; two athletic buildings; spacious playgrounds and outdoor learning spaces; tennis courts; and baseball, soccer, and ultimate fields.

CFS 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.

Founded 1962

Lower School opened 1964

Over $1M

Total support for adjusted tuition last year


Graduates attend colleges or universities of their choice


Families with adjusted tuition

508 Students

Across 4 units and 3 campuses

Ages 3-18

Range of students at our School

20 Years

Average tenure of our 108 staff members

Extended Day

Opportunities for Early, Lower and Middle Schools


School average student to staff


Staff with advanced degrees


Athletics teams across 10 interscholastic sports


Racial/ethnic diversity


  • Families Receiving Adjusted Tuition: 26%
  • Annual Budget: $11.2 million
  • Endowment: $11.6 million
  • Annual Fund: $390,000

Recent Capital Improvements

2018 New Performing Arts Center
2016 Campus Early School Meeting Space Addition
2015 Lower School Renovation and Addition
2014 Middle School Renovation and Addition (Including Science Labs)
2014 Upper School Makerspace and Art Studio
2013 Enclosure of the Quaker Dome (With Geothermal Heat) and New Greenhouse
2012 Chapel Hill Early School Expansion