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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 9-12, including the rigorous, globally recognized International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program for juniors and seniors. With its focus on critical thinking 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 limited. The admissions process for Upper School begins with the creation of a Ravenna account and the submission of an online application with the application fee.  Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

Admissions Process

The process includes an applicant and parent interview. All families who submit an online application by November 30 will be invited to schedule an interview. The $100 application fee must be paid at the time the application is submitted.

  1. Create a Ravenna profile. You will use Ravenna to register for an open house, to complete your online application, and to submit the application fee and all supplemental materials.  Required materials include the Student Essays (which should be submitted before the interview), Student Activity/Interest Form, teacher recommendations, 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. Please note: Applicant families who choose not to take the required SSAT or ISEE exam can submit other standardized test scores (from the MAP Growth, ERB CTP, NY State, etc.) as part of their application.  The score reports must be submitted from assessments taken during either the 2020-21 or 2021-22 academic year.

  4. If applicable, apply for Financial Aid. Learn more about financial aid for Brooklyn Friends School here. Please note that financial aid is 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 guaranteed an interview as long as the application is received by November 30.

For International Families

We accept applications from prospective international students. 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). Please note that Brooklyn Friends School is unable to provide room and board. In addition to all regular admissions procedures, international families should contact Vanessa Reynolds, the Financial Aid Coordinator, at for more information.

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