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Brooklyn Friends School

Private | PK-12 | 769 students

 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $590,200. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,870.

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Posted April 23, 2014

Leaving this school was the biggest mistake I made. The curriculum is amazing, immersive and fascinating. The teachers are diverse and insightful. Some more than others. The community is the best I've experienced and the community service integrated into field trips. In general it is totally worth the money! I think about my experience there often. One of the things I loved most about the school was that they made you work hard and exercise your brain while making it not seem like a chore. They make you want to learn more. This is a school everyone should attend at least once in their lifetime!


Posted April 7, 2014

Faculty and Staff work above and beyond in order to create a magical, harmonius and intellectually inspiring environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2013

This school provides an education completely unparalleled by other academic institutions. I formerly attended an all-girls private school and was routinely shushed by teachers or was discouraged from asking questions. At BFS, I was taught to question everything, from the space we were in to the education we were receiving. Although I spent only two years at BFS, I have never felt so at home. I learned more here than I did in 11 years at my previous school, and was taught to constantly question the state of my education whether I was learning the right things, whether I was being taught by the appropriate people, or whether I was simply being nurtured enough and BFS gave me everything I was seeking. I have gone on to go to a private liberal arts college and graduate school at NYU, but neither would have been possible without BFS' amazing education. I am grateful every single day for what I learned at the Pearl Street campus and hope that future classes have equally valuable experiences elsewhere. BFS provides invaluable life skills to those seeking it.


Posted May 22, 2013

The most diverse independent school in Brooklyn by far and away with a real dedication to progressive, values-based education. Excellent lower school that gets the balance right between skills and creativity. Kids have a spelling workbook, but they also write poetry, memoirs etc. Math could be a bit stronger, but is very creatively taught so my daughter who used to hate math, now loves it. The arts programs are fantastic. Parents complain about the lower school principal, who is a bit shy, but she makes great staff choices and the curriculum feels dynamic. Middle school is rigorous, but also quite creative. My son's math class studied percentages then did an in depth study of credit card agreements and debt. For geometry, they made actual monuments. The school seems comfortable with different types of learning styles and has really beefed up their learning support system -- problems are generally addressed pretty quickly. Kids could use more physical activity -- although there are two gyms they are shared with all three school divisions and the roof is open only to the lower school. The music program is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2013

My kids love it., are learning at an extremely high level, not stressed out and are grounded. What more could you ask for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2012

I have attended this school my entire life I cannot imagine being happy anywhere else.


Posted May 9, 2012

I go to school at BFS and it is amazing. Of course a teacher may not be my favorite, that's how it always works in school but in general everything about that school is amazing. The new head of the Middle School is fantastic, she's opened minded and she's extremely polite. I have no problems with the school. The academics are phenomenal. No matter what you are learning, any teacher is willing to help and they won't let you struggle on your own. They enforce diversity (a little too much sometimes) and they enforce Quakerism. Most kids at that school are polite and like any other school, there are a few children who aren't the nicest, but it's generally a loving community. Again the academics are amazing, more than half the things I have learned in that school I would have if I stayed at my old school so I'm happy I stayed. Overall, the school is a safe place and full of kind students and staff. Sending your child there would be wonderful. It is costly, but they do have a scholarship program and even if you don't get a regular scholarship, 8th graders can get the merit scholarship which allows the child to get $10,000 off of their tuition for high school.


Posted February 10, 2012

Brooklyn Friends is a school that has to be pc about everything. My child deserved the merit scholarship but did not get it. The teachers are unsatisfactory. The curriculum is extremely poor. I am very displeased with this horrible school.


Posted October 19, 2011

My two children have had fantastic experiences in the pre-school, lower school, and middle school. The current head of the middle school, who arrived last year, is outstanding; the teachers are fabulous; and the curriculum is rigorous and exciting. (I'd love to learn about the rise of Islam in 6th grade!) It's a warm and welcoming community, and my kids still skip to school every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2011

As a matter of fact I am writing here to try to connect with any parent at the school right now, because we are going to be relocated due to work, from Brazil to NYC and our house is in Brooklyn. Can anyone give me some advice on how the school is right now? Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

I went to BFS for my first years of Elementary school, and i really was worried about my learning, so i transfered to another school that quickly got me back on track. I am now a major stockbroker, but I remember BFS as a school that almost set me away from what I am today. I also broke my left arm at BFS because one of the numerous bad kids there pushed my and slammed me on the ground when i was 5 years old, and i had to get surgery. If you want a good school for your child, Make sure you think carefully about your decision


Posted January 1, 2010

My daughter is a student in the lower school at Brooklyn Friends and I couldn t be happier. Her teachers actively seek out and enhance my daughter s talents and work to shore up areas where she has challenges with love and affection. The community offers strong connection for parents and works to share the Quaker values that make the school strong. I enjoy hearing about what my daughter is learning and impressed by the innovative methods used to teach her. The teaching staff is truly inspired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2007

My child attended the middle school. For the most part, the teachers are very good. I thought the academics were quite rigorous, in contrast to the school's laid-back reputation. A smart, motivated kid would do well here. Many kids leave the middle school for great public high schools. Unfortunately, the school seems to have no idea what to do with children who are unmotivated or have even mild 'issues' of any kind. The head of the middle school is unresponsive to parent concerns and unpleasant to deal with. Communication from the administration is practically nonexistent (except for constant demands for donations to the incessant fund-raising campaigns). The school's Quaker values do not appear to be reflected in the behavior of its students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2006

Pre-K 3 was a wonderful. We decided to apply elsewhere for elementary school and have never looked back. The Headmaster asked to meet with us prior to our decision to leave. After hearing our concerns, he was unable to offer any compelling reason to stay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2006

A warm, stimulating, diverse place, with great values. Nice facilities -- playground on the roof, gym, art facilities, with dance and music 'extras.' Provides structure and love. Academics are strong, though supposedly a bit looser in the upper grades. Very accepting place. Parents can be as involved as they want to be in supporting the school (but probably not in changing curriculum -- haven't come across this yet, in any case).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

My daughter is in the preschool. I believe thta the preschool is fabulous, warm, nurturing and exciting environment for kids. They do science experiments, dance, art and play. The focus is learning about their world and communities. Great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2004

My child has been in this school since 1995 and it was the best for Lower School. The teachers were warm and friendly and the children truly loved going to school and learning. She started at age 4 and I thought I would leave her until high school but I am sad to say that I have found the past years in middle school to be very disturbing. Children are not prepared for the National test, the ERB's and the academic program is lacking. There is not as much of a challenge for my child anymore. I am looking into moving her to a stronger academic Independent School next year. They are friendly but just not as strong in the academic arena in the middle and upper schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

My family has been at Brooklyn Friends since 1994. It is a warm and caring environment, and instills wonderful values in the student. Just walking in the door, you can feel the pulse of the school, and the sense of acceptance and belonging. The curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and the faculty outstanding. What sets Brooklyn Friends apart from other schools is the 'heart'. In today's world, if everyone sent their child to a school like Brooklyn Friends, we would have a truly caring, kind and peaceful world, where people look at the bigger picture beyond themselves and give back to the world.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 52%
Black 15% 21%
Hispanic 11% 21%
Two or more races 9% N/A
Asian 4% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander N/A 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

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Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:20 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 8:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Larry Weiss
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Affiliation
  • Quaker
Associations
  • FCE
  • NAIS

Programs

Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Security personnel
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
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Parent involvement
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  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
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375 Pearl Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: (718) 852-1029

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