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Celebrating 150 Years of Friends


One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, on September 9, 1867, the Friends School at Brooklyn opened its doors to eight boys and and nine girls. Its doors have remained open for a century and a half, educating generations of children in the Quaker tradition in Downtown Brooklyn, now with over 900 students. Since day one, the key tenets of the Friends education have been: a focus on academic excellence, embracing educational innovation, an insistence on small class sizes and attention to the individual, educating the whole child, and exceptional student/teacher connections – each firmly grounded in Quaker principles and practice.

For an educational institution in Brooklyn, a city and borough which has had its share of historic highs and lows, reaching a 150th anniversary is noteworthy and a cause for reflection and celebration. During the 2017-2018 school year, we were proud to celebrate this milestone anniversary with all members of our community. Explore the links below to read about our sesquicentennial celebrations.