Connor Associates Strategic Services is pleased to welcome a new partnership with Cambridge Friends School, PK-8, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Cambridge Friends School (CFS) is the only Quaker school in the state, and like other Quaker schools across the country, produces graduates known not only for academic preparation but also for peace, open-mindedness, social justice, their ability to serve as change agents, and their conflict resolution skills.
CFS was founded as an independent school in in 1961 by the Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).
True to its Quaker principles, students at CFS engage in thoughtful exploration of the world around them with a focus on learning skills that will create success throughout their lives. The School emphasizes project-based, experiential learning that fosters the development of each child's awareness of their own potential as active and lifelong learners.
“Cambridge Friends School has long been recognized nationally for its bold leadership in antibias education beginning with its work in anti-racism when the School was founded in 1961 to its advocacy for LGBTQ+ rights," states Head of School David Tierney. “While the work CFS pioneered is now modelled in independent schools across the country, the time is right for us to evaluate our past and consider our strategies for securing a vibrant and significant future for the school.
“We are extraordinarily well-positioned to leverage our foundation in Quaker values with our commitment to outstanding academics and we are excited to be working with Connor Associates to create the blueprint for our success for the next 50 years.”
CFS graduates attend a wide variety of high schools, including Commonwealth School, Cambridge School of Weston, Beaver Country Day School, Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Boston Latin School, as well as area public high schools.
Some of the country’s top educational institutions were founded on Quaker principles: Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University and Swarthmore College to name a few.
When President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama chose to send their daughters to Sidwell Friends School (Washington, DC), they touched off a flurry of interest in Quaker education.
Many educators and authors who are committed to social justice have chosen a Quaker education for their children, from Washington Post foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid, whose book about the Iraqis’ perspective of the Iraq war earned him international acclaim, to MIT Associate Professor Helen Elaine Lee, a novelist and advocate for prison reform. Both sent their children to the Cambridge Friends School.
Connor Associates is proud to be affiliated with a school that has values so closely aligned with our own.