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IB and Quaker curriculums
Ages 2 to 18

Brooklyn Friends School

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CurriculumsIB and Quaker
Language of instructionEnglish
Age RangeAges 2 to 18
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Quick summary of key school information

Language of instruction English
Native English teachers
Extra languages (other than English)
Class sizes Average
Maximum 22 students / class
Extracurricular activities
School bus
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Yearly fees: from: $36,700
to: $51,080
This school has more than one campus in New York City:
Main Building: Ages 3 to 14

Address: 375 Pearl Street Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

Upper Building: Ages 14 to 18

Address: 116 Lawrence Street Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

Family Center: Ages 2 to 3

Address: 189 A Schermerhorn Street Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA

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Number of students

917

Max. number of students per class

- Preschool: Typically, there are 14 students in the Half-Day Preschool Threes and 15 students in the Full-Day Preschool Threes programs with a head teacher and an assistant teacher. There are 18 students, a head teacher and an assistant teacher in the Preschool Fours program.
- Kindergarten to Grade 4: There are 20-22 students per class with a head teacher and an assistant teacher.
- Grades 5 to 8: There are 15-20 students per class.
- Grades 9 to 12: Typically, there are 18 students per class.

Additional language classes offered by the school

French, Spanish, Latin, Mandarin

Use of technology in the classroom

Technology is an essential element of teaching and learning at BS. BFS emboldens its students to think critically about how they use and consume different technologies. Grounded in Quaker philosophy, students ask why and not just how. This is a school where the most gifted writer or performer can also thrive as a computer programmer. With the success of the Lower School iPad initiative, the Middle School Chromebook program, the new state-of-the-art Upper School building, and the school’s focus on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) through 3D printing and design, BFS students have access to cutting-edge technologies on an everyday basis.

Uniform required

No

Entry evaluation for students

New students are admitted on the basis of previous academic records, personal interviews, testing, and teacher evaluations.

Deadline for registration (new academic year)

Families should apply in early fall for admittance the following September. Later applications will only be considered if vacancies exist.

Percentage of students who pursue further education post-graduation

100%

External examinations or assessments available

IB Diploma

School bus service available

No

Extracurricular activities or clubs offered

Magic forest, soccer, baking, chess, Capoeira, electronic sound lab, ballet, hop hop, ceramics, karate, double dutch, drama, knitting, jewelry making, mad science, mixed media sculpture, robozoo, sewing, animation adventure, world percussion, young voices chorus, photography, fencing, television production, special effects production, 3D video game coding, mythomagic, adventure in mythology, friendly flyers

Sports facilities at the school

- Main building: 2 dance studios, 2 gymnasiums, rooftop playground

- Upper school building: dance studio, fitness center

Sports teams or sport competitions available for students

Yes

Qualities and characteristics best defining the school

Brooklyn Friends School is an independent, college preparatory Quaker school where the majority of the faculty holds advanced degrees, and the Upper School offers the academically challenging and highly esteemed International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. BFS is proud of its active, supportive parent body, enthusiastic teachers and dedicated staff, and thoughtful and articulate students. Together, BFS forms a community reflective of a unique combination of intellect, energy, and heart.

Teaching approach of the school

Guided by the Quaker belief that there is a Divine Light in everyone, BFS cultivates an intellectually ambitious and diverse community that celebrates each individual’s gifts. BFS challenges its students to value and embrace difference as they develop critical thinking skills and apply their knowledge and intelligence both in and out of the classroom. In this rich learning environment, BFS inspires all members of its community to voice their convictions, to discover and pursue their passions, and to seek truth. Graduates are compassionate, curious, and confident global citizens who let their lives speak in the spirit of leadership and service.

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