Cultivating Critical thinkers.
Inspiring Compassionate Leaders.

Welcome to Admission at CFS!


Welcome to the Cambridge Friends School Office of Admission! We are so glad you are here.


Our School offers a unique combination of challenging academics, a family-like community, and a school-wide commitment to diversity and inclusion. At CFS, each student develops the tools they need to reach their full potential as critical thinkers and compassionate leaders.


Our application process for the 2022-2023 school year has officially begun! We’ve made small changes to move each step of the process online, but still maintain the essential face-to-face contact points to keep the process feeling human. We offer both parent and student interviews over video conference, and are available to answer any questions you have by email or by phone. After submitting an application, we will work with you to coordinate an in-person tour of our campus after school hours, in addition to our 360-degree virtual tour of our North Cambridge campus. Please send me an email or fill out our inquiry form and I would be more than happy to begin the application process for your child. 


I am so excited to meet you.



Lizzie Leonard

Director of Admission and Financial Aid

Admission next steps


Step 1: Contact the Office of Admission by filling out an inquiry form or sending an email to


Step 2: Schedule a Zoom parent interview. These appointments usually last about one hour and are a great way to answer any questions you may have about our school or a particular program.


Step 3: Submit admission materials. These include school records (progress reports, report cards, transcripts) from the 2020-2021 school year and fall marking period records from the 2021-2022 school year, a current teacher recommendation form (Pre-K-1, grades 2-5, grades 6-8 language arts recommendation, grades 6-8 math recommendation), and a last year’s teacher OR school director recommendation form (available here.) Applicants to grades 6-8 will also need to complete a student questionnaire.


Step 4: Arrange a student assessment/interview appointment. Email here to inquire about a space.

Important dates


January 15, 2022: First-round admission deadline


January 15, 2022: Financial aid application deadline


March 10, 2022: First-round admission decisions released


April 10, 2022: Family decision deadline


Other admission information


We offer a unique combination of challenging academics, a family-like community, and a school-wide commitment to diversity and inclusion. 


Cambridge Friends School is one of the best and most unique private elementary and middle schools in the area. CFS is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England and our focus on preparing students for top high schools and colleges has shown great results


In addition to an outstanding curriculum, CFS offers learning support and counseling services for students as well. To learn more about Cambridge Friends School, fill out our inquiry form so that we can get to know your family and keep you informed of upcoming events. We are excited to hear from you! 

Financial information


There is a $50 application fee per child. The tuition cost of Cambridge Friends School ranges by grade. Below are the rates for school year 2021-2022:






Grade 1


Grade 2


Grades 3-4  


Grade 5  


Grades 6-8     



Non-refundable deposits of 10% of the tuition are applied to the cost of tuition and fees.


It is our goal to make CFS accessible and affordable for all families. Our financial aid program helps us with that goal and opens doors for many families who otherwise may not be able to afford our outstanding education. 


Financial aid has been granted to about 43% of the student body, and CFS awards about $1,000,000 annually. Financial aid decisions at CFS are made solely on a need basis. For more information about affording a Cambridge Friends School education, please click here.