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

Early School

Our children learn through creating deep and lasting relationships with the world around them. Our program nurtures overall human development, including cognitive and physical skills and social and emotional intelligence. We know that attention to process leads to exceptional outcomes.

We offer a vibrant program for children ages 3-6 across three campuses: on our Main Campus, 17 miles from downtown Durham or Chapel Hill, by UNC Chapel Hill's campus, and by Duke University's Central Campus. Each campus is staffed by highly trained and experienced educators who bring purposeful attention to what helps children best grow and develop. We believe that students, teachers, and families can together empower children to realize their best self, animated by the idea that each child has a sacred individuality to be honored.

Our Early Schools

Durham Early School
404 Alexander Avenue
Durham, NC 27705-4706

Chapel Hill Early School
531 Raleigh Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3917

Campus Early School
(Main Campus)
4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC 27705
919.383.6602 x238

Head Teachers

Brad Kershner

Chapel Hill Early School Head Teacher

Libby Pittman Pendergrast

Campus Early School Head Teacher

Carmen Raynor

Durham Early School Head Teacher, Summer Programs Instructor


Our student to staff ratio

Our School Year

Each Early School is open five days a week, from the end of August through early June, with occasional breaks for vacations and work days.

Our School Day

Drop-off begins at 8:15 am and pick-up times are at 12:30, 3:15, or 5:15.