Create a Ravenna profile. You’ll use Ravenna to register for a school tour, complete your online application and to submit the $100 application fee and all supplemental materials. Required materials include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport and the ISAAGNY Information Sheet for Kindergarten & Grade 1.
Wait to hear from us. Invitations to schedule interviews will be sent via email to families beginning in September. 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.
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. Class size increases from Preschool Fours to Kindergarten. 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 with the $100 application fee. If you pay the application fee and we are not able to process your application or offer your family an interview, your fee will be refunded.
We hope to be able to interview all families who apply by the September 30th deadline, but if the number of applications exceeds the number of interview spots available we may not be able to process all applications. Families who have applied by the deadline will be contacted by October about next steps. We recommend submitting supplemental materials in a timely fashion and attending a school tour regardless of interview status as families can be invited to schedule an interview at any time throughout the season.
Kindergarten children must be 5 years old and First Grade children must be 6 years old by September 1 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.
Upcoming tour dates can be found here.
Dates to Know
Important dates and deadlines can be found here.
If your family is eligible for legacy status, you will be invited to schedule an interview as long as the application is received by September 30. Early Notification is available for legacy applicants to Kindergarten. The expectation for families who choose Early Notification is that if the child is accepted, the child will attend Brooklyn Friends School.
If you submitted an application and fee for the Kindergarten program for the 2017-18 school year and your child was placed on the waitlist, you may submit an application for the First Grade program for the 2018-19 school year without paying the application fee. If you are applying to a new division this year, the non-refundable $100 application fee is required when you submit your application.
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 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.
Lower School Admissions Brochure
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