Carolina Friends School

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Coordinates: 36°0.369′N 79°1.445′W / 36.006150°N 79.024083°W / 36.006150; -79.024083

Carolina Friends School
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4809 Friends School Road
Durham, NC, 27705
Type Private
Religious affiliation(s) Quaker
Founded 1962
Headmaster Michael D. Hanas
Staff 85
Grades Pre-K to grade 12
Number of students 480
Campus Suburban, 126 acres
Accreditation SAIS
Affiliations NCAIS, FCE
School colors Green and White

Carolina Friends School is an independent, co-educational Quaker school located in Durham, North Carolina. It enrolls students from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. The school was founded in 1962 by members of the Durham Friends Meeting and Chapel Hill Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.[1][2]


Carolina Friends School is accredited by the Southern Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the Friends Council on Education, the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools, and the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association. The Early Schools are licensed by the State of North Carolina Division of Child Development. The school is also a member of the Independent Curriculum Group[3] and of the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce.[4]


Carolina Friends School consists of three distinct campuses. The main campus is located fifteen minutes from Durham, Chapel Hill and Hillsborough. The 126 acre wooded campus has fourteen classroom buildings, including libraries, science and computer laboratories, art and music studios, a performing arts center, meeting hall and gymnasium. The main campus is home to the Upper, Middle and Lower Schools as well as the Campus Early School. Satellite campuses include the Chapel Hill Early School at 531 Raleigh Road in Chapel Hill and the Durham Early School located at 404 Alexander Avenue in Durham.

Mission Statement[edit]

"Carolina Friends School is a vibrant and inclusive learning community empowering students to think critically, creatively, and independently. We foster active exploration and quiet reflection, individual endeavor and collaborative engagement. Inspired by Quaker values -- pursuit of truth, respect for all, peaceful resolution of conflict, simplicity, the call to service - we teach our children that it is possible to change the world."[5]


Upper School students must earn a minimum of 96 credits to graduate. One credit is awarded per trimester of coursework. These must be distributed: 4 years Language Arts, 3 years Math, 3 years Social Studies (including 1 year US History, 3 years Science (including 1 year biological, 1 year physical), 2 years Foreign Language (must be same language), 2 years Community Service, 2 years Physical Education, and 8 credits in Cultural Arts (2 per year)

Advanced Placement courses are not offered at Carolina Friends School, although students regularly take AP exams. In 2011, 19 students took 25 AP exams, and the mean score was 4 and median score was 5.[6]


Carolina Friends School competes as a member of the Triad Athletic Conference[7] and North Carolina Independent Schools Association.[8] Sports include: baseball, basketball, cross-country, soccer, swimming, tennis, ultimate Frisbee, and volleyball. In 2011 the Upper School Girls Varsity Basketball[9] team and the Upper School Boys Varsity Soccer[10] team were runners-up for the state championship in the 2A division. Both teams repeated this achievement in 2012. In 2013, Carolina Friends Ultimate Frisbee team won the North Carolina state tournament. [11]

See also[edit]

List of Friends Schools


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