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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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  • Students Win Cambridge Poetry Awards

    Three CFS students recently won poetry awards through the City of Cambridge. Fourth grader Cam won Honorable Mention and Nicholas in first grade won Third Place in the Cambridge Public Library & Cambridge Tree Project Poetry Contest. Third grader Siri will be presented with the Longfellow Poetry Prize, on behalf of the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site. Click through to read their winning poems! Cambridge Friends School is incredibly proud of these Lower School poets. Congratulations!
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  • A photo of Sam Wachman. Courtesy of the Boston Globe.

    CFS Alumnus Wins Scholastic Art and Writing Gold Medal

    Sam Wachman was awarded a national Gold Medal for his writing submission to the 2018 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. After graduating from Cambridge Friends School in 2014, Wachman went on to Cambridge Rindge and Latin School where he discovered his love of creative writing, especially writing focused on the LGBTQ experience. From a profile in the Boston Globe: “That’s why I focus on LGBT themes in my work,” he said. “I want to take my experiences finding my place in the world as a gay person and use them to help others find their places.” Wachman plans to attend Brandeis University in the fall, where he will continue his creative writing journey.
    For the full article, please visit the Boston Globe page. Photo courtesy of 
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    New Video Highlights CFS Curriculum, Community, Character

    The success and joy of Saturday's When You Wish Upon a Star event was punctuated by an exciting surprise announcement: the CFS 2018 video was complete. Students, teachers, administrators, parents, and alumni all provided memories about our school and why they continue coming back year after year. As Katie Marion says at the beginning of the film, "There are so many things that I love about CFS." The full video is available here:
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