How do I apply?
Visit your child’s division to read through our application procedures: Upper School, Middle School, Lower School (2-4), Lower School (K-1), Preschool (Twos, Threes, & Fours).
What is the birthday cutoff date?
By September 1, 2023, applicants must meet the following age requirements:
Preschool Twos: 2 years old
Preschool Threes: 3 years old
Preschool Fours: 4 years old
Kindergarten: 5 years old
Grade 1: 6 years old
Grade 2: 7 years old
Grade 3: 8 years old
Grade 4: 9 years old
How can I get to know the school before I apply?
We invite you to attend an Open House or school event. Prospective families can register for events through Ravenna after creating an account for their child. We encourage you to apply as early as possible. For the 2022-23 admissions season, some events will be held virtually.
What are the application deadlines?
Visit our Important Dates page for information on your child’s application timeline.
For Middle and Upper School English and Math teacher recommendations, what if the same teacher teaches both subjects?
The teacher should complete both forms and submit to the Admissions office or through Ravenna.
Does Brooklyn Friends School require admissions testing?
- Preschool – Lower School: There is no admissions test.
- Middle School – We require the Character Skills Snapshot (CSS).
- Upper School – We require the SSAT or the ISEE. The Character Skills Snapshot is optional. Note that access to the CSS is included with registration for the SSAT. Be sure to add Brooklyn Friends School as a test result recipient.
Are fee waivers available for the SSAT and ISEE tests?
Yes. Both ERB 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 email@example.com.
Is there priority consideration in admissions?
Visit our Legacy Status & Quaker Families page for information on priority admissions consideration.
Do you offer Early Notification?
Yes, for Preschool applicants with Legacy status. Legacy applicants have the option for Early Notification.
Are there additional required fees beyond tuition?
No. The BFS tuition is all-inclusive.
Does Brooklyn Friends School have a merit-based scholarship program?
We do not offer merit-based scholarships to applicants.
Does Brooklyn Friends School have a financial aid program?
Yes, please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.
Can Brooklyn Friends School issue an I-20 for international students?
Yes, we do once a student has been accepted.
Does Brooklyn Friends School have wheelchair accessibility?
Yes, but accessibility is limited.
Where do Brooklyn Friends School families live?
Students come from all five boroughs of NYC and the greater metropolitan area.
Does Brooklyn Friends School offer transportation?
No, public transportation is the most commonly used way to travel to and from BFS. Student metrocards are issued to eligible students.
What is the class size in each division?
- 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.
In what colleges and universities do BFS students matriculate?
For more information about college counseling at Brooklyn Friends, please visit our college counseling page.