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At Carolina Friends School, community is an integral part of a student's education; for many students, parents, staff, and board members, the CFS community remains an important part of life long after they leave the School.

In part, this is because two basic tenets inform all Friends Schools (as noted by Irene McHenry in "Teaching Tolerance and Valuing Diversity," Readings on Quaker Pedagogy, Friends Council on Education, 2004):

  • in every person there is a light through which wisdom can be accessed, for the benefit of all; and
  • we seek truth by examining diverse perspectives in a gathered community.

Our approach to education is constructivist; our pedagogy is inquiry-based, valuing multiple perspectives. Thus every member of the community plays a vital role in our continuing search for academic excellence in an environment where values matter.

And, in part, the CFS community continues to matter to people after they leave the School because so many wonderful people find their way here. Our families are diverse in many ways: career, national origin, race, religion, family structure, sexual orientation, gender identity, socio-economic background. About one quarter of our students are students of color. Personal relationships matter, and when the going gets tough, no one is alone.

It's also important to add that at CFS, community extends far beyond the school. See Service Learning to explore some of the ways in which students reach beyond CFS to explore their place and role in the world.

  • Former CFS community members have access to resources on the alumni section of the website.
  • You'll find brief background info about the members of our hard-working Board of Trustees.
  • Learn about the Parent-Staff Association and all its members are doing to build community at CFS. We hope that current parents will want to get involved!

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Carolina Friends School          
4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC 27705
919.383.6602 tel / 919.383.6009 fax /

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