We are thrilled you are considering a Cambridge Friends School education for your child. CFS is one of over 80 Quaker schools in the United States and the only Quaker school in Massachusetts. As a Quaker school, Cambridge Friends School attracts families of many religious and non-religious backgrounds. Less than ten percent of our students are from Quaker families. CFS families may be Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist, agnostic, atheist, and more. The universal values of peace, simplicity, equality, integrity, and community attract and unite diverse families at Cambridge Friends School.
Speaking truth, treating all human beings with respect, living simply, striving for community, and resolving conflicts through peaceful means are Quaker values that Cambridge Friends School holds dear. Guided by the understanding that there is “that of God or the Light within in each person,” we try to live these values as a school community. When lived through one’s life, these values become Testimonies that are at the heart of the Quaker spirit at CFS. The Testimonies interpret universal values. They are guiding principles and are explored and reinterpreted by each generation.
So, what does it mean to enroll your child in a Quaker School? For many CFS families the answer to this question is revealed through their children over the course of their years at Cambridge Friends School. While the Quaker religion is not taught in the classroom, students learn about the positive use of silence, seeking truth and clarity through weekly Meeting for Worship, peaceful conflict resolution, holding their peers in the Light during disagreements or difficulties, and the Quaker Testimonies of Stewardship, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Simplicity. The Cambridge Friends School curriculum is grounded in these Quaker principles and is taught through a social justice, antibias lens. Honoring the Light within each person means that each student is a valued member of the CFS learning community.
Quakerism for Parents
Recognizing that parents are also a part of the learning community, the Cambridge Friends School trustees, the majority of whom are Quaker by design, conduct the workshop Quakerism 101 for Parents. In conjunction with the faculty Quaker Life and Education committee, the Board's Quaker Life and Outreach committee provides an introduction to the Quaker faith and practices for the CFS community, including a history of Quakerism and Quaker education, for those families interested in learning more.