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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    A
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Sports
    B-
Carolina Friends School is a top rated, private, Christian school located in Durham, NC. It has 501 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 7 to 1. After graduation, 97% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
34%
Average Financial Aid

Carolina Friends School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
Average SAT
1310
38 responses
Average ACT
32
21 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.9 responses
Poll
89%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.9 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 18 responses
  • Senior prank
    39%
  • End of Year Trip
    28%
  • Homecoming
    17%
  • Spirit Week
    11%
  • The Halloween costume contest
    6%

Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
501
9%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Preschool

Annual Cost
Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Starting Age
3
Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
6:1
Website
Schedule Options
  • Offers Full Week
    Yes
  • Offers Part Week
  • Offers Full Day
    Yes
  • Offers Part Day
    Yes

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
National
17:1
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
Poll
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
78%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.9 responses
78%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.9 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C+
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$69,643
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,117
National
$949
Median Home Value
$381,400
National
$184,700
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Carolina Friends School Reviews

26 reviews
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CFS is a Friends school and that defines many aspects of the culture and educational approach. If you are considering this school, first consider whether a Friends school is the best fit for your child and family.

We chose CFS because we wanted a smaller, friendlier environment for our daughter who started high school here. In addition, our younger son also started middle school here. We are in the first year of our experience so we don't have the success bias of those who have attended 4 or more years of school here.

Pros:
1. Small class size, friendly teachers
2. Safe school atmosphere, no bullying
3. Eclectic campus
4. Kids are treated as adults, and are given responsibility for their own learning

Cons:
1. Classes are too easy, kids do homework if they feel like it
2. Small community to make friends with limited social life
3. Expensive with some of the best teaching done by software that you can subscribe to for a fraction of the cost
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I love, love, love Carolina Friends School! It has been truly life-changing for me. Many say that it's an "easy" school--I entirely disagree. To outsiders, it may seem hard to fail, but that is only because the staff is so loving and supportive of their students.
Despite feeling the typical stress and anxiety around college admissions, I feel prepared and supported to submit my applications, graduate and attend university next year. The staff and administration have been incredibly supportive throughout the year, helping with essays, college interviews, testing and college visits. I'm going to miss this place!