Horizons at Brooklyn Friends School offers a comprehensive academic program tailored to strengthen and reinforce traditional subjects like reading, writing, math, social studies, and science. The arts, taught by highly specialized teaching artists, play an important role in the program – enhancing our children’s confidence, supporting higher academic performance, and fostering constructive self-expression. Students participate in a variety of enrichment classes such as computer coding, visual art, theater, dance with Mark Morris Dance Group, West African drumming, chorus, recorder, and jazz band. Students enjoy field trips to the city’s many cultural institutions.
Every summer, Horizons students improve their swimming skills as assessed by swim instructors using Red Cross criteria. Learning to swim is a key component of the Horizons student experience. Becoming a competent swimmer builds confidence and a desire to achieve.
The Horizons at Brooklyn Friends Afterschool Program brings Horizons students into our school’s existing Afterschool program. Together with BFS students, Horizons participants engage in enrichment classes, including homework help, five days per week during the school year.
The Afterschool program fosters consistent and constant contact with Horizons at BFS families during the school year and provides space for creative and intellectual expansion, interaction between students of differing racial and economic backgrounds from neighboring communities, and dialogue around differences for both the Brooklyn Friends School and Horizons populations.
Our Horizons program is financially self-supported by funding from individual donors, foundations, and corporations. As a host school, Brooklyn Friends solely provides in-kind use of its space as well as guidance from the Head of School and Chief Financial Officer.
Brooklyn Friends School is the first New York City independent school to partner with Horizons National, the umbrella non-profit that provides assistance to all Horizons affiliates. Horizons National monitors program quality, conducts evaluations, provides staff and teacher training, facilitates peer support, promotes best practices, and develops knowledge products for the entire network. More information is available at horizonsnational.org.