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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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  • October 21 is the First Annual CF5K!

    Mark your calendars for the first annual CF5K Walk/Run and Kids Fun Run! CF5K includes a Kids Fun Run in the CFS Field followed by a 5K run/walk in Danehy Park that will be professionally chip timed by RaceWire. Guaranteed tech shirts to all participants pre-registered by September 20, prizes to top finishers, and post-race festivities for all! 

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  • CFS Middle School Student Wins USA National Track and Field Championship

    Will Smith, an eighth-grade student, won the 2018 USA Track & Field (USATF) 5k Race Walk Youth USA National Championships. Smith was first in the youth division, which is for competitors aged 14-19. Most recently, he took first place in the USATF Massachusetts State Boys 1 Mile Scholastic Race Walk in February and competed in the USATF/Hershey Youth Indoor National Track and Field Championships. Click through for more details!
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  • Yani Batteau with fall leaves and her guitar.

    Cambridge Friends School Pioneers to Play Back Room of the Burren

    Three Cambridge Friends School alums (Sarah Mendelsohn, Brook Batteau, and Yani Batteau) will grace the stage of the Back Room at the Burren for an all-ages show full of authenticity and soul. On July 15, 2018, the three artists will perform with their bands from 7:30 - 10:30 pm for a $15 cover. All are welcome to join! The Burren is located at 247 Elm Street in Somerville, in the heart of Davis Square. Click through for a more detailed description of each artist.
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