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Early School

Early School students race ahead

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

Our program welcomes children ages 3-6 across three locations: our Main Campus on the border of Durham and Orange Counties, our Chapel Hill Early School by UNC, and our Durham Early School by Duke University. Each Early School 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.

Identifying concepts inside and outside of the classroom fosters curiosity and inquiry, deepening understanding. We provide our students with opportunities to adventure out, whether it's Durham Early School exploring downtown Durham or Duke Gardens, Chapel Hill Early School walking to nearby UNC Chapel Hill's campus, or Campus Early Schoolers engaging with learners of many ages from across our wooded, 126-acre main campus.

Our Locations

Campus Early School

4809 Friends School Road 
Durham, NC 27705 
919.383.6602 x*238

Chapel Hill Early School

531 Raleigh Road 
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919.929.7080
 

Durham Early School

404 Alexander Avenue 
Durham, NC 27705
919.286.7795

Libby Pittman Pendergrast

Libby Pittman Pendergrast

Campus Early School Head Teacher
Brad Kershner

Brad Kershner

Chapel Hill Early School Head Teacher
Carmen Raynor

Carmen Raynor

Durham Early School Head Teacher

Our Day

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

Extended Day

Our Year

We're in session from the end of August through early June, with occasional breaks for vacations and work days.

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Quaker Values

We are both intentionally secular and deeply informed by the Quaker values of our founders.

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