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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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  • CFS Awarded MCC STARS Grant for Fifth Consecutive Year!

    We are pleased to announce that the Massachusetts Cultural Council has awarded the STARS Grant (Students and Teachers working with Artists, Scientists, and Scholars) to Cambridge Friends School for the fifth consecutive year! Master puppeteer and CFS parent Faye Dupras will work as an artist-in-residence with students in second, third and fourth grades this year. Second- through fourth-grade students will build puppets combining several marionette styles with Faye and Katy Boelter-Dimock, CFS visual art teacher. Each homeroom will work to create an adaptation of a folktale, working with Faye and music teachers Pampa Rotolo and Marytha Paffrath to dramatize and perform their adaptations. This year’s productions will take inspiration from second and third/fourth grades’ social studies curricula, in which students examine the history and culture of West African and Native American peoples, respectively. Students will present their work to the community via performances in late March 2020.  
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  • Grade 5 students sort items at Cradles to Crayons

    Cradles to Crayons Donation Drive - Tuesday, October 15 to Friday, November 15

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  • 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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