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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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  • A middle school student looks through the racks of books while her sister looks on.

    The 2018 Library Book Sale!

    The longest-running community event in the history of Cambridge Friends School is the used-books sale, which took place again this November. It is a joint project of the CFS library and many wonderful and dedicated volunteers, including current parents and grandparents, as well as teachers and alumni parents who return year after year. We are also so grateful to our custodial staff for their assistance. We extend our gratitude and appreciation to all these generous and hard-working people - thank you so very much!
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  • Donations to Cradles to Crayons, about to be pre-sorted.

    Cradles to Crayons Donations

    Thanks to everyone in the CFS Community who generously contributed to the Cradles to Crayons donation drive hosted by the fifth-grade students. The fifth-graders have been busy putting together puzzles (a popular lunchtime activity) to make sure they are complete, as well as helping pre-sort clothing, shoes, and toys. It’s been a great opportunity to see stewardship, simplicity, and community in action! Donations will be picked up by the organization the week of November 12. Hearty congratulations to the fifth grade and science teacher Debby Knight for a successful drive!
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  • Students pose in front of Moakley Courthouse.

    Eighth Grade Attends Harvard Admission Trial

    Middle School humanities teacher Nick Sirianno reflects on his experience bringing his eight-grade humanities students to Moakley Courthouse to observe the Harvard University Admission trial. Click through to read more!
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