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Upper School
Admissions Grades 9-11

A Challenging College Preparatory Curriculum

Our Upper School offers a challenging college preparatory curriculum for students in grades 9 through 12, including the rigorous, globally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program for juniors and seniors. With its focus on critical thinking instead of memorization and appreciation for the development of the whole student, the IB program meshes seamlessly with BFS’s mission and Quaker philosophy, reinforcing the goals of drawing out each student’s inner light, thinking skills, and unique voice.

Ninth grade is a main entry point for new students joining the Upper School. Tenth and Eleventh Grade spaces are very limited. The admissions process for Upper School begins with the creation of a Ravenna account and the submission of an online application with the $100 application fee.  Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

Admissions Process

We process applications submitted by the November 30th deadline and, if necessary, on a rolling basis. Students who are admitted to the Upper School will be invited to visit BFS during the school day before families make a decision to enroll.

  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 fee and all supplemental materials.  Required materials include the Student Supplement (which should be submitted before the interview), Student Activity/Interest Form, English and math teacher evaluations, and transcripts.

  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. Schedule a testing date. Brooklyn Friends accepts the ISEE and the SSAT. Only one of these exams is required for admission. Be sure to list Brooklyn Friends School (#330610 for ISEE, #1880 for SSAT) as a test result recipient.

  4. Take the Character Skills Snapshot, a 20-minute online assessment of character and personal growth. Be sure to list Brooklyn Friends School as a test result recipient. The Character Snapshot should be taken no later than December 20 to allow for the results to be accessible by the school by January 8.

  5. If applicable, apply for Financial Aid. Learn more about financial aid for Brooklyn Friends School 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.)

We accept applications from prospective international students who are fluent in English and do not require housing (Brooklyn Friends School is unable to provide room and board).  In addition to all regular admissions procedures for admission to Brooklyn Friends School, international families should contact Crystal Backus, the Director of Admissions Outreach, at for more information.

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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 guaranteed an interview as long as the application is received by November 30th.

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.

Student Test Scores

Brooklyn Friends accepts the ISEE and the SSAT. Only one of these exams is required for admission. Be sure to list Brooklyn Friends School (#330610 for ISEE, #1880 for SSAT) as a test result recipient. Results are due with your completed application materials.

If you think you may qualify for a fee reduction for testing, please contact us to find out more about the possibility of receiving a testing waiver. 

For International Families

International applicants for whom English is not their native language must demonstrate English proficiency by submitting official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to Crystal Backus at

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