Since its founding in 1867 as a co-educational day school by the Religious Society of Friends, Brooklyn Friends School has encouraged and facilitated learning and personal growth within the context of a challenging academic program and a caring community. From an initial student body of 17, the school now enrolls 800 students from Preschool through 12th grade, with a faculty and staff of 180. While the percentage of Quaker families and staff is small, the school’s Quaker heritage always remains central to its mission. The school’s longtime, continuing commitment to ethnic and racial diversity has led to BFS being recognized as one of the most diverse independent schools in the country.




BFS has made a portion of its archives available for digital browsing.
Learn more about BFS history in the archives blog, The Blue and Gray
BFS seeks contributions from individuals to further enhance its collection. 
Please contact bfsarchives@brooklynfriends.org with your questions. 


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