1961 - 1970

January 1961: Thomas Waring, member of the “Committee on a Proposed Friends school” and a fifth grade teacher at the Shady Hill School, is appointed Headmaster of the new school.

January-September 1961: Planning moves from abstract to concrete: policy decisions are made; curriculum is created; staff and students are recruited; and basic supplies and equipment are acquired.

September 23, 1961: With a faculty and staff of 7 and a budget of $40,000, Cambridge Friends School opens its doors to 60 students, in the basement of St. James Episcopal church, then located at 5 Beech Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
December 1964: CFS becomes a provisional member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the Independent School Association of Massachusetts (ISAM).
Fall 1967: First grade teacher Mary Torrey experiments with the Leicestershire “Integrated Day” model.
Fall 1968: Kindergarten and second grade join with first grade to create an “Open Structure” classroom, based on the Integrated Day model.
Spring 1968: CFS is accepted as a full member of NAIS/ISAM after a rigorous self-evaluation and observation by an ISAM special committee.
October 1970: First staff-trustee retreat
Summer 1970: CFS sells land to the Cambridge Housing Authority; Walden Square is built soon thereafter.
October 1970: Vietnam Moratorium Day observed at CFS; 8th grade volunteers, accompanied by parents and teachers, hand out informational leaflets about the Moratorium Day in Central Square.
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