Lower School
Admissions K-1

Intellectual Curiosity & Emotional Intelligence

In the Brooklyn Friends Lower School, subject matter in language arts, mathematics, social studies, science, Spanish, information technology, and media literacy flourishes in an environment that also prioritizes visual arts, woodworking, dance, music, and physical education. To develop the unique potential in each Lower School student, teachers not only seek to foster academic achievement but also to stimulate students’ critical thinking skills, intellectual curiosity, and emotional intelligence.

Kindergarten is a main entry point for new students joining the Lower School. Class size increases from Preschool Fours to Kindergarten. First Grade spaces are limited. However, we welcome applications for these spaces. The admissions process for Kindergarten and First Grade begins with the creation of a Ravenna account and the submission of an online application with the application fee.

Admissions Process

Kindergarten children must be five years old and First Grade children must be six years old by September 1 in the year they start school.

It may be necessary to submit an application prior to visiting Brooklyn Friends School as most open houses will take place after the submission deadline.

Families who apply by the November 1 application deadline will be contacted about next steps. Applications submitted after November 1 will be held in the event additional interview spots become available. We recommend submitting supplemental materials in a timely fashion and attending an open house regardless of interview status as families can be invited to schedule an interview at any time throughout the season. Only applicants who are invited to schedule an interview will be asked to pay the application fee.

  1. Create a Ravenna profile. You will use Ravenna to register for an open house, to complete your online application, and to submit the $100 application fee and all supplemental materials.  Required materials include a copy of your child’s birth certificate or passport and the ISAAGNY Information Sheet for Kindergarten & Grade 1.

  2. Wait to hear from us. Invitations to schedule interviews will be sent via email to families beginning in September. Please contact us for information about need-based fee waivers or reductions.

  3. If applicable, apply for Financial Aid. Learn more about financial aid for BFS here.  Please note that financial aid is limited and not guaranteed for accepted applicants, particularly for those applying to grades that are not entry points.

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Upcoming event dates can be found on Ravenna.

Dates to Know

Important dates and deadlines can be found here.

Legacy Admissions

If your family is eligible for legacy status, you will be invited to schedule an interview as long as the application is received by November 1.

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