Institutes for Justice and Transformational Change

Welcome to Brooklyn Friends School!

Thank you for exploring the vibrant, challenging, and globally-conscious world of learning and growing that is BFS.

Located in the heart of Downtown Brooklyn, we educate curious learners from two years old through twelfth grade, sensitively minding their social and emotional well-being within a strong and experiential learning community that is inclusive of the diversity of perspectives and identities within Brooklyn and beyond.

Since its founding in 1867, the heartbeat of BFS has been defined by its adherence to Quaker values, which are essential in our world today. In varied ways, our rich and developmentally-guided academic program reflects a daily immersion into the values of peace, integrity, simplicity, equality, community, and stewardship. As we grapple with the complex challenges present in our society, these values serve as guideposts that lead to humanity-minded innovations and solutions.

Our commitment to fostering and actualizing a socially-just world is unwavering. Providing children and young adults with transformational learning experiences and platforms to effectively cultivate and use their voices, we partner with families to build upon the growth that begins at home and continues here, a place where meaningful relationships between students and adults and joy in learning are intertwined and result in collaborative, compassionate, and powerful agents of action, who we are proud to call alumni of our school.

As you consider delving deeper into who we are, I personally invite you to explore the genuine and necessary marvel that is our school. By exploring Brooklyn Friends School, you will be witness to a dynamic college-preparatory curricular program and school culture that will make you feel hopeful about our future, one that will be led by the inner Light within our students.

We look forward to welcoming you to Brooklyn Friends!

Warmly and with pride,

Crissy Cáceres, Head of School

Crissy Named to NAIS and NYSAIS Boards

Brooklyn Friends School is thrilled to announce that our Head of School, Crissy Cáceres, has been named to the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), a meaningful honor in her 25-year professional journey.

NAIS states, “Election to the NAIS Board of Trustees carries with it a responsibility of stewardship. By definition, trustees are the custodians of the integrity of the organization; they hold in trust the organization’s reputation as created by its founders, and as developed by those who have shaped the organization in the past. Current trustees accept the obligation to not only preserve, but also add to this organization. In this way trustees help form not only the present, but also the future composition and direction of the organization.”

We are extremely proud of Crissy and know that, along with her peers, she will use her voice and inner light in ways that positively influence the direction of independent schools.  Congratulations, Crissy!

In November of 2021, Crissy was appointed as a trustee for the New York State Association of Independent Schools. The announcement came at NYSAIS’ Annual Conference for Heads of Schools in New Paltz, NY. Crissy—who is in her third year as the Head of Brooklyn Friends School—served on the Planning Committee for the Annual Heads’ Conference. As a trustee of NYSAIS, Crissy will be a member of NYSAIS’ Commission on Accreditation. Congratulations, Crissy!

Head of School's Office