A Day at Chicago Friends School

A day at Chicago Friends School balances core academics with opportunities to be creative, pursue interests, and learn to live in community with others.

The day opens with a class-wide meeting to check in with each other, share news, and look forward to the day ahead. Once per week, the entire school gathers for community meeting, a shared time together in the tradition of Friends worship.

Math and language arts instruction is scheduled in blocks, with each classroom following the same schedule. This allows ability-level, small instructional groups to form across classrooms and age levels.

A generous recess gives opportunities for students to develop their bodies, creativity, problem-solving skills, and social skills during supervised free play.

Special subjects, such as music, visual arts, Spanish, and science are taught by expert special-subject teachers once a week and reinforced and woven into other instruction.

Before- and after-care are available for an additional cost starting at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until 6:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Before-care available for an additional fee

8:30 a.m.

Settling-in work, morning circle, or community meeting



10:00 a.m.


Late morning

Language arts (all classrooms) and choice time (K-2 classrooms)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Lunch and recess


Projects and special subjects (art, gardening, health, music, socio-emotional learning, science, social studies, Spanish, service projects, yoga, gym)

3:00 p.m.

Closing and dismissal

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

After-care and other programs available for an additional fee

Not every day is a typical day! Field trips, events, and special speakers add to this schedule.
Our annual schedule can be found here.

Other sections in Program & Curriculum


Classroom and School Culture


Engaged Learning

Annual Instructional Theme

Before and After School

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