Admissions FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions. If you do not see your question answered here, please email us, and we will be in touch soon!

Preschool Threes, Kindergarten, 6th and 9th grades.

For Fall 2022 enrollment, birthdays should fall before the following dates:

Family Center: 2 years old (birthdate before September 1, 2020)

Preschool Threes: 3 years old (birthdate before September 1, 2019)

Preschool Fours: 4 years old (birthdate before September 1, 2018)

Kindergarten: 5 years old (birthdate before September 1, 2017)

Grade 1: 6 years old (birthdate before September 1, 2016)

Grade 2: 7 years old (birthdate before September 1, 2015)

Grade 3: 8 years old (birthdate before September 1, 2014)

Grade 4: 9 years old (birthdate before September 1, 2013)

Children born in September are among the oldest in the grade.

Prospective families can register for events through Ravenna after creating an account for their child. It is not necessary to attend an event before submitting an application. We encourage you to apply as early as possible. For the 2021-22 admissions season, some events will be held virtually.

Please wait to hear from us. If we are able to consider your application, we will directly contact you.

Visit our Important Dates page for information on your child’s application timeline.

The teacher should complete both forms and submit to the Admissions office or through Ravenna.

  • Preschool-Grade 8 — There is no admissions test.
  • Grades 9-11 — The SSAT (EMA) or the ISEE (ERB). Note that access to the Character Skills Snapshot (a separate admissions step) is included with registration for the SSAT. Be sure to list Brooklyn Friends School (#1880 for SSAT, #330610 for ISEE) as a test result recipient.
  • Applicants for whom English is not the native language are encouraged to take the TOEFL (ETS) and list Brooklyn Friends School (#7111) as a test result recipient.

Yes. Both SSAT and EMA provide financial assistance for ISEE and SSAT admissions testing fees for applying families with demonstrated need. To find out more about the possibility of receiving a testing waiver, please contact our office at

Visit our Legacy Status & Quaker Families page for information on priority admissions consideration.

Yes, for Family Center and Preschool. In keeping with the established guidelines of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), Brooklyn Friends School may offer an early notification option to legacy applicants.

Our waitlist consists of a pool of qualified candidates who have not been accepted because of limited space in the grade level. Should a place become available, the committee will select a waitlist candidate to fill the place based on the needs of the class.

As it relates to the daily academic programming, our tuition is all-inclusive. Please see our Tuition Schedule for more information.

We do not offer merit-based scholarships to applicants.

Yes, please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.

Yes, we do once a student has been accepted.

Yes, but accessibility is limited.

Students come from all five boroughs of NYC and the greater metropolitan area.

No, public transportation is the most commonly used way to travel to and from BFS. Student metrocards are issued to eligible students.

    • Preschool: Typically there are 14-15 students in a Threes class and 18 students in a Fours class with two teachers per class.
    • Kindergarten to Grade 4: There are typically 15-20 students per class with two teachers.
    • Grades 5 to 8: There are typically 15-20 students per class.
    • Grades 9 to 12: There are typically 18 students per class.

You can see our College List by visiting our College Counseling page.

Still have questions? Contact Admissions