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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

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  • An 8th grade student dribbles the ball down the court.

    Alumni and Faculty/Staff Reclaim Victory Over 8th Grade at Annual Basketball Game

    CFS was proud to host its annual Alumni and Faculty/Staff vs 8th Grade Basketball Game on Wednesday, March 28. After a thrilling, come-from-behind win for the 8th graders during the fall’s soccer game, the alumni, faculty, and staff were determined to bring home a win for the grown-ups. What followed was an invigorating 40 minutes of game play, with impressive teamwork and speed on each side. Despite eighth grader Harrison scoring an incredible half court three-point shot in the last few seconds of the game, the alumni and faculty emerged victorious with a score of 41-36. The game’s traditional cupcake and pizza party after the game was a great opportunity to gather with alumni. Thanks to all who played, cheered, and ate! We look forward to connecting with alumni again at the graduation party on Saturday, June 2 at 2:00 pm at Sacco’s Bowl Haven in Somerville. The 8th grade will have the chance to challenge the alumni at the Alumni and Faculty/Staff Soccer Game in the fall. Stay tuned!
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  • Concert poster for Zola at the Burren on April 28.

    CFS Class of 2017 Alum to Headline Burren on April 28, 2018

    Zola, a CFS alumna from the Class of 2017 and current student at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, has been incredible busy in the last year. She recently cut her debut album, “In Plain Sight” through Make History Records and has been performing throughout the Boston area. Though only a high school freshman, Zola already has a robust portfolio. In 2013, at only 10 years old, she was profiled online through Portraits of America for busking on the streets of Boston. In 2014, she was featured on the TJ Show at 103.3 AMP Radio where she performed “Counting Stars.” Her first single “Real To You,” and recently released EP “In Plain Sight,” can be found on iTunes and Spotify. On April 28, you can catch her at the Burren for her CD release as part of the Burren Backroom Series! She’ll be performing along with Karen Grenier and DJ Leah V from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Proceeds from the show will go to the Everytown For Gun Safety Action Fund. Tickets are available now at
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  • A group of students sitting on the gym floor, watching something out of the frame and laughing.

    2018’s Truly Super Sleepover

    CFS’s annual spring event, the Super Sleepover and Stayover, took place on Friday, March 23. Eighty-eight students from Pre-K-5th grade spent the night enjoying the School after hours, accompanied by an inexhaustible group of parent volunteers. Activities included sports in the gym, beading, balloon animals, movies, a huge amount of snacks and pizza, and more! A wonderful time was had by all! Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, and donated for creating incredible memories for our students. Click through for more!
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