Our Strategic Vision

BFS Takes a Historic Step To Realize a Unified Campus

Dear BFS Community,

There are moments in time when you have the privilege of sending a message that is truly transformative. This is one of those moments for the future of Brooklyn Friends School’s focused vision and strategic direction.

I am thrilled to share that our school has just finalized the purchase of 383-393 Pearl Street, the building on the corner of Pearl and Willoughby Streets and adjacent to our current Pearl Street campus, once occupied by ASA College. This acquisition signifies a monumental step in our relentless pursuit of delivering an unparalleled educational experience for our students.

Throughout our enduring 156-year journey, Brooklyn Friends School has continually adapted to meet the evolving needs of our students and community members with a steadfast and Quaker values-informed commitment to Downtown Brooklyn. After thorough evaluation and planning, with the counsel of expert advisors, and with an unwavering dedication to our Mission, the Board of Trustees has approved the acquisition of this building as a pivotal step forward in fulfilling the school’s bold Strategic Vision, which was co-created by our BFS community and stakeholders and unveiled this fall. The purchase of 383-393 Pearl Street will enable us to consolidate our operations onto a single campus and will serve as a catalyst for heightened collaboration, courageous educational innovation, and an even stronger sense of community.

We understand that you may have questions about what this means for our school. This is one important first step of many. Your support and involvement are vital as we embark on this continued journey together. Rest assured, we are committed to open communication, and in the coming months, we will engage in thorough discussions, assess our needs, and explore potential avenues for development. As we do so, we will provide updates on the timeline for renovations, the fundraising goals, and plans for integrating this magnificent Pearl Street addition into our existing campus. Once our comprehensive plan is determined, your partnership will help us bring our vision to life and ensure that Brooklyn Friends School remains at the forefront of education for generations to come.

The prospect of extending our presence along Pearl Street, consolidating all our students in a unified and optimized physical space, is a genuinely once-in-a-generation opportunity and presents us with an exhilarating canvas on which we can craft BFS’s future. This expansion affirms and magnifies our purpose to be an engaged social impact agent within our borough, our nation, and the world. Thank you for your steady devotion to our beloved and worthy school. I am proud that we are in this together.

With deepest gratitude and eager anticipation for our shared tomorrows,