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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.

Ninth grade is a main entry point for new students joining our Upper School. Tenth and Eleventh Grade spaces are based on attrition. 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 deadline and, if necessary, on a rolling basis. Spaces for new 10th and 11th graders are limited. Please note: Applicants for 11th grade should submit complete 9th and 10th grade transcripts, as available, before submitting any online applications. Once you submit your transcripts, we will contact you regarding next steps.

  1. Create a Ravenna profile. You’ll use Ravenna to register for a school tour, 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 the Character Skills Snapshot, a 20-30 minute online assessment of character and personal growth. Be sure to list Brooklyn Friends School (#1880 for SSAT) as a test result recipient.

    • For students who are registered to take the SSAT: Registration will be available through the student’s SSAT account.

    • For students who are not registered to take the SSAT: Brooklyn Friends will issue a link to provide the student access to The Snapshot.

    Learn more about The Snapshot here.

  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.)

  6. Come for an accepted student visit. Students who are admitted to the Upper School will be invited to visit BFS for a day before making a decision to enroll.

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 the application is received by December 7.

Rollover Admissions

If you submitted an application and fee for the Upper School for the 2018-19 school year and your child was placed on the waitlist, you may submit an application for the Upper School program for the 2019-20 school year without paying the application fee.  If you are applying to a new division this year, the non-refundable $100 application fee is required when you submit your application.

Student Test Scores

Brooklyn Friends accepts the ISEE and the SSAT, and 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 SSAT testing,  Crystal Backus, the Director of Admissions Outreach, for more details.

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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