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Welcome to Cambridge Friends School

At Cambridge Friends School, we are dedicated to providing students with a strong and meaningful education. We're a private, independent day school in Cambridge, Massachusetts that provides an education guided by Quaker principles for grades Pre-K through 8.

Cambridge Friends School was founded in 1961, and since then we've continued our focus on academic achievement and developing students' intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual potential. You can learn more about our mission and philosophy here

Great Elementary Education

Our pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students have gone on to great high schools and colleges after graduating from Cambridge Friends School! Our belief in the focus on middle school years helps students develop core skills and create successful academic habits and attitudes during a critical time in their education. 

One of our biggest goals at Cambridge Friends School is to provide project-based, experiential learning. Classes at CFS cover everything from mathematics to Spanish to drama. Our diverse curriculum offers engaging class topics for all grades and types of students. For a more in-depth look at the classes we offer, check out our curriculum.

Focus on Community

As a Friends school, we are guided by the six Quaker Testimonies of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship. Students at Cambridge Friends School have plenty of opportunities for community involvement, including events like the Day of Service and our annual LGBTQ+ Pride and Martin Luther King, Jr. assemblies. 

At CFS, community is one of our key principles and we practice it often. We focus on creating a welcoming, supportive, and inclusive group of learners, which helps strengthen our students, staff, and community.

Why is Cambridge Friends School Different?

Our philosophy at CFS involves a commitment to social justice and a love of learning. Our curriculum is designed to develop broad literacy skills and to stimulate curiosity within our students. It is because of this that our students have found success, not just in our elementary and middle school, but in high school and higher education. 

At CFS, our teacher to student ratio is 1 to 5.3 and with an average class size of just 12 students, parents can know that their children are receiving an outstanding and personal education. Furthermore, our strong values of peace, community, tolerance, and respect assure that all students will feel welcome at CFS. Learn more now about how your child can become a student at Cambridge Friends School!

Cambridge Friends School News

List of 3 news stories.

  • CFS Alumna Has a Song to Sing

    Ever since she was a young girl, Zola felt she had a message to convey. The sixteen-year-old singer and songwriter has been performing her whole life and performing professionally since the age of 10. A graduate of the CFS Class of 2017, Zola performed at school, at Boston Pride, and on the radio, and she has busked in Harvard Square for years. Her steadfast work ethic, combined with her emotional songwriting, have allowed her to gain traction in the Boston music scene. Check her out on this NBC Boston interview, and don’t forget to buy her EP at!
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  • XD teacher Patrick takes a shot at the basket against CFS eighth-graders.

    Students Emerge Victorious Over Faculty at Alumni Basketball Game

    CFS hosted its annual Alumni and Faculty/Staff vs Grade 8 basketball game last Wednesday, March 13. Huge thanks to all who attended and helped to make this event successful! After a heated match-up between the two teams, the eighth grade overtook their faculty, staff, and alumni with a final score of 44-32. This reverses the field from last year’s Alumni game, where the faculty, staff, and alumni beat out the eighth grade with a score of 41-36. Post-game, pizza and cupcakes were enjoyed by all, friends reunited, and all reminisced about their CFS days. We’ll see you on the court next year! 

    Be sure to check out game photos by clicking here! 
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  • The group of activist students from CFS.

    Cambridge Friends School Students Join Worldwide Protest Against Climate Change

    On Friday, March 15, Cambridge Friends School middle school students participated in a walk-out to push for action on climate change. Students were accompanied by middle school teachers Becca, Jose, and substitute teacher Mike, as well as registrar Nick, Head of Middle School and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Jack, and parents Deb and Natasha. They marched from CFS to the State House, where they joined the crowds in pushing for legislation for action on climate change. As Becca writes, “It was a beautiful day on Friday. We made our way to the State House and joined the rally for about 45 minutes with our signs. The youth organization was amazing, and they were asking the rally to intensify the impact by lobbying representatives inside the State House.”
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