BFS Turns 150

Student Life

Embracing Athletics, the Arts & Extracurriculars

Being a member of the Brooklyn Friends School community requires dedication to individual and social growth in addition to a strong commitment to academic achievement. Student experience at BFS embraces participation in athletics, the performing and visual arts, extracurricular activities and clubs, and service to the community.

Students are engaged in myriad service learning and civic engagement initiatives, attend Quaker meeting, go on overnight trips, and have the opportunity to travel abroad, all adding depth to their scholastic experience. Participation in the life of the school rather than just academics leads to the development of leadership skills and personal growth.

About Student Life

  • 30

    Interscholastic Sports Teams

  • 1

    Annual Dance Concert

  • 6

    Music concerts per school year

  • 3

    Theatrical shows per school year

Overnight Trips

Starting in third grade, BFS students take part in overnight trips designed to enhance both academic and social skills. Third and fourth graders take a three-day trip to Clearpool Outdoor Education Center in Carmel, New York. Fifth and sixth graders spend three days in the fall also at the Clearpool Outdoor Education Center. Seventh graders travel to Philadelphia as an integral part of their study of United States History. Eighth graders start the year off with a trip to Clearpool Education Center and takes a four-day science trip in the spring to Cape Cod.

Ninth graders go on a retreat to Powell House, a Quaker conference and retreat center in Old Chatham, New York. Sophomores participate in an immersion experience in New Orleans as the culminating experience for their 10th grade Service & Justice seminar. These trips are included in tuition.

International Trips

BFS Middle and Upper School students have opportunities to travel abroad on class trips, typically through our language and history courses, as well as through exchange programs with other Quaker schools around the world. Recent trips have included a visit to Ackworth Friends School in England, a Spanish class trip to Guanajuato, Mexico, French class trips to France and Quebec, and spring break and summer trips to Brazil, Peru, Italy, Greece, France, Russia, Vietnam, Morocco, Spain, and China.