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Intellectual Curiosity & Emotional Intelligence

In the Brooklyn Friends Lower School, we believe the key to developing each student’s unique potential is through varied exposure to traditional academic disciplines and a broad range of artistic practices, with a strong focus on problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In order to develop this potential in every student, teachers seek to stimulate students’ intellectual curiosity and emotional intelligence.

Kindergarten is a main entry point for new students joining our Lower School. First Grade spaces are based on attrition. The admissions process for Kindergarten and First Grade begins with the creation of a Ravenna account and the submission of an online application.

Interview spots are limited. In an effort to maintain balanced and diverse classes, a select number of applicants (proportionate to the number of seats available) will be invited for a family interview. A non-refundable $100 application fee will be required to schedule the visit.

Families can be contacted at any time throughout the Fall, so we recommend submitting supplemental materials in a timely fashion and attending a tour regardless of interview status.

It may be necessary to submit an application prior to visiting Brooklyn Friends School as most school tours take place after the submission deadline, which is September 30, 2016.

Admissions Process

Kindergarten and 1st Grade children must be 5 and 6 years old respectively by September 30th in the year they start school.

It may be necessary to submit an application prior to visiting Brooklyn Friends School as most school tours will take place after the submission deadline, which is September 30.

  • Create a Ravenna profile. You’ll use Ravenna to register for a school tour, complete your online application (including the Parent Supplement) and to submit all supplemental materials.  Required materials include the ISAAGNY Information Sheet for Kindergarten & Grade 1 and a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport.

  • Wait to hear from us. If we contact you to schedule an interview, you will be asked to submit the non­-refundable $100 application fee at that time. Please contact us for information about need-based fee waivers or reductions.

  • If applicable, apply for Financial Aid. Learn more about financial aid for BFS here.

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    Upcoming tour dates can be found here.

    Dates to Know

    Important dates and deadline can be found here.

    Legacy Admissions

    If your family is eligible for legacy status, you will be guaranteed an interview as long the application is received by September 30. Early notification is available for legacy applicants to Kindergarten. The expectation is that if the child is accepted, the child will attend Brooklyn Friends School.

    Rollover Admissions

    If you submitted an application and fee for Kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year and your application was not processed or you were placed on the waitlist, you may submit an application for the First Grade for the 2017-18 school year and are entitled to a fee waiver.  If you are applying to a new division this year, the non-refundable $100 application fee is required after you are invited to schedule your interview.

    Student Test Scores

    Brooklyn Friends School does not require or accept an applicant’s ECAA score as part of the admissions process for Kindergarten or 1st Grade, even if your child takes the ECAA for an application to another independent school. We will consider reports from the Admission Assessment for Beginning Learners (AABL) for Kindergarten and 1st Grade applicants, also administered by ERB. Although we strongly encourage parents to submit AABL scores to supplement their child’s admissions profile, they are not required and applicants will not be at a disadvantage if they do not take it.

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