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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 05/22/13
My kids love it., are learning at an extremely high level, not stressed out and are grounded. What more could you ask for.
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Posted by a parent on 02/11/13
I have attended this school my entire life I cannot imagine being happy anywhere else.
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Posted by a other on 08/30/12
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a other on 05/09/12
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.
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Posted by a other on 02/10/12
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
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Posted by a parent on 10/19/11
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!
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Posted by a parent on 05/13/11
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
... Read more 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 Read less
Posted by a other on 06/21/10
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
... Read more 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. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/01/10
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,
... Read more 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. Read less
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Brooklyn schools — Brooklyn Friends School is located at 375 Pearl St, Brooklyn NY 11201. 375 Pearl St is in the 11201 ZIP code in Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Friends School is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 12.
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