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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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  • Elissa Spelman, CFS Class of '92

    CFS Alumna Named 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders List

    Elissa Spellman, CFS Class of ’92 and Executive Director of Breakthrough Greater Boston, was recently named one of the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Leaders by City Awake and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Congratulations, Elissa!
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  • Harvard Graduate School of Education students pose for a selfie with Head of MS and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Jack Hill.

    Educating Educators: Harvard Students Visit CFS

    Cambridge Friends School was honored to welcome five student observers and their course assistant from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education in October. Guided by Head of Middle School and Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Jack Hill, the observers had a full morning at CFS! They began with coffee and an overview of CFS as an institution: what makes the school unique, the philosophy behind antibias education, and how we reach every type of learner. The group then observed a variety of classes in both the Lower and Middle School to give them the best overview of how Cambridge Friends School educators shape their students’ learning.
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  • Miles Robinson plays soccer. Photo by Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    CFS Graduate Miles Robinson ’11 Helps Lead Atlanta United to MLS Cup Victory

    One of the rising stars of US soccer is none other than CFS grad Miles Robinson, ’11. Robinson was a first draft pick for Atlanta United and stepped in for teammate Jeff Larentowicz after an injury forced him on the bench during the MLS playoff game against NYCFC (New York City Football Club) on Sunday, November 11.
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