Brooklyn Friends School is a Quaker school in New York City. Brooklyn Friends School (BFS) is an independent, college preparatory Quaker school serving a culturally diverse educational community of approximately 600 students, ages 20 months through 12th grade. Founded in 1867 by The Brooklyn Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, BFS is guided by the ideals of acceptance, compassion, equality and non-violence. It is known for the diversity of its student body, the excellence of its academic program, and its socially active community.
Besides classrooms, BFS offers four science labs, two libraries with more than 20,000 volumes, two dance studios, a ceramics studio, two gymnasiums, several media centers, a 300-seat theater/meeting house, a woodshop, a cafeteria, and roof-top playground, and also two computer labs. These facilities are spread between the school's two academic buildings, one on Pearl Street and one two blocks away on Willoughby Street. The Willoughby Street building serves the high school while Pearl Street serves the entire community. The school also uses the Brooklyn Friends Meeting House on Schermerhorn Street for classes and worship. BFS is also the home of the Bridge Film Festival, an annual international student film festival for movies with Quaker themes.
Brooklyn Friends School provides a college preparatory program serving students from Preschool through Grade 12. It is committed to educating each student intellectually, aesthetically, physically, and spiritually in a culturally diverse community. Guided by the Quaker principles of truth, simplicity, and peaceful resolution of conflict, Brooklyn Friends School offers each student a challenging education that develops intellectual abilities and ethical and social values to support a productive life of leadership and service.
Brooklyn Friends also has an athletics program that includes soccer, volleyball, cross country, baseball, and basketball. In the year of 2003, the boys varsity basketball team won the New York State Championship.
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