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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. In order 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 $100 application fee.

Families who apply by the October 15th application deadline will be contacted about next steps. Applications submitted after October 15th will be held in the event additional interview spots become available. We recommend submitting supplemental materials in a timely fashion and attending a school tour 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 $100 application fee.

Admissions Process

Kindergarten children must be 5 years old and First Grade children must be 6 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 school tours will take place after the submission deadline, which is October 15.  

  1. Create a Ravenna profile. You will use Ravenna to register for a school tour, 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, if applicable, is also not assured for accepted applicants particularly for those applying to grades that are not entry points.)

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Upcoming tour 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 October 15. Early Notification is available for legacy applicants to Kindergarten. The expectation for families who choose Early Notification is that if the child is accepted, the child will attend Brooklyn Friends School.

Rollover Admissions

If you applied to BFS for the 2019-2020 school year and your child was placed on the waitlist, you may submit a new application to be considered for the 2020-2021 school year.

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