Why CFS Summer Programs?
Magic in Teaching and Learning
- A program rooted in the mission and philosophy of Carolina Friends School, founded in the early 1960s as one of the first intentionally racially-integrated schools in the South.
- Lots of options — in 2018, some 150 classes across nine weeks for ages 4 to 18 in eight curricular areas:
- Creative Expression
- digital, performing, and visual arts
- Culinary Creations
- Leadership and Personal Growth
- Learning Explorations
- Maker Discoveries
- Nature/Outdoor Adventures
- Sports Fun
- Tech Wizardry
- Creative Expression
- A 126-acre campus of woods, pastures, stream, and gardens, conveniently located minutes from downtown Chapel Hill and Durham, close to I-40 and I-85, across from the Duke Campus Farm and adjacent to the Duke Forest. We have two gyms, tennis courts, soccer and Ultimate frisbee fields, a new 350-seat performing arts center, and dedicated buildings for students through age 18.
- A wonderful variety of people — in 2018, we served more than 800 students from some 140 schools (independent, traditional public, charter, and home) in at least eight states and five countries (from India to Portugal). We welcome all students, families, and staff to bring their authentic selves to Summer Programs.
- An experienced, expert staff who genuinely love and care for young people. We engage school-year educators and other adult professionals to teach courses in their areas of passion. They pass the same background safety checks as CFS school-year teachers. Summer Programs instructors are assisted by:
- A long history — we've been offering summer programs for some 30 years. One instructor has taught every summer save one since 1992! Others began here as students, then became CITs and Interns, and now teach the next generation.
- Positive experiences for students that have led to CFS Summer Programs again being named a finalist in the Indy Week "Best of the Triangle" for Orange County Summer Camp.
- We're a non-profit organization. All Summer Programs proceeds support learning opportunities for students during the summer and throughout the year.
We know you have lots of summer options. Like thousands of families through the decades, we invite you to discover the magic of teaching and learning at CFS Summer Programs for your children!