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

Social & Emotional Learning

Educating and nurturing the whole child is at the heart of everything we do.

Living by our Quaker principles is embodied in the way we nurture empathy in our students: to honor the individuality of others, to respectfully engage those with whom they disagree, to seek self-reflection, and to value their sense of community.

Peace education is a major component of our educational mission, and it is taught, exercised, and lived in each unit. An Early Schooler takes initiative to solve a conflict with a fellow student at the Peace Bench; a Lower Schooler mentors younger students as a peacekeeper on the playground; a Middle Schooler seeks counsel from their peer Advisory Group; a group of Upper Schoolers plans a national conference on growing community. Through these and many other means, conflict resolution skills, confidence-building, and continual opportunities for leadership are hallmarks of a CFS experience.

Carolina Friends School is not just a school, it is a learning community. In keeping with the Quaker tenet that “the truth is continually revealed,” we all continually learn from each other. The shared responsibility of growth and support provides students with the opportunity to continually rise to the occasion, emboldening them as caring citizens, leaders, and learners.

Every staff member I have worked alongside has been my teacher. Every student I have worked with has taught me something. Through them I've seen that the process of learning comes in many forms. Joan Walker,