Curriculum and Program


Chicago Friends School believes that a child’s character development is as important as his or her intellectual growth. Our small classes, taught by dedicated and experienced teachers, ensure instruction is both academically challenging and developmentally appropriate for each child. Our goal is to help each student become his or her best and most authentic self.

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Chicago Friends School Curriculum Highlights

  • Daily instruction in mathematics and language arts is aligned to the Common Core national framework.
  • Music, visual arts, science, and Spanish are taught by expert special-subject teachers once a week and integrated into other instruction.
  • Formal gym instruction, yoga/mindfulness classes, and outdoor recess develop students’ minds, bodies, social skills, and sense of fair play.
  • An annual curricular theme engages the whole school in project-based, collaborative learning.
  • School-wide service projects reinforce the annual theme and help students to see that they have the power to change the world for the better.
  • Frequent field trips explore the community, city, and region.
  • A school garden teaches about resource use and instills a sense of stewardship.
  • Developing bodies and social selves are nurtured through a socio-emotional and nonjudgmental health and human sexuality curriculum.


Features of the Chicago Friends School Experience

  • Peaceful, collaborative classrooms help our students grow academically, spiritually, and socially. Teachers take time to work with each student’s developing sense of fair play, cooperation, collaboration, and kindness. Students are encouraged to reflect, discuss, take risks, and solve conflicts peacefully.
  • Small classes offer teachers the opportunity to get to know each student well and offer individualized attention and instruction.
  • Differentiated, small-group instruction, defined by ability level rather than chronological age, allows us to nurture each child at his or her optimal ability level.
  • Mixed-age classrooms allow students to grow and develop at their own pace. Research shows that mixed-aged classrooms promote positive social development, empathy, and cooperation skills.
  • Passionate, expert teachers cultivate each child’s unique gifts and encourage healthy risk-taking in a nurturing environment.


7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Before care available for an additional fee.
8:30 AM Settling-in work and reading, morning circle, or community meeting.
Morning Math
10:00 AM Snack
Late morning Language arts and choice time (K-2)
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM Lunch and recess
Afternoon Projects and special subjects (art, health, physical education, music, socio-emotional learning, science, social studies, Spanish)
3:00 PM Closing and dismissal
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM Aftercare and other programs available for an additional fee.


Not every day is a typical day! Trips, events, and special guests add to this schedule.

Our annual schedule can be found here.

Please contact us if you have additional questions.