and Pedagogy

“The stillness needed for the clear shining of light within is incompatible with hurry.”

– Caroline Stephen


How can we ensure that our curricular program remains relevant and responsive to the evolving needs of contemporary learners, incorporating emerging technologies, interdisciplinary approaches, and critical thinking skills?


We will engage a process of thoughtful reflection that results in the refinement of Brooklyn Friends School’s curriculum and pedagogical approaches that ensure BFS remains at the forefront of educational innovation.


  • Experiential Learning: Our entire school has a developmentally informed and immersive approach to education, where students learn through real-life experiences, active participation, and deliberation.
  • Holistic Education: BFS focuses on the development of the whole person, encompassing an expansive orientation of learning that includes intellectual, emotional, social, and physical aspects.
  • Student-Centered Learning: Our school recognizes and respects the unique perspectives, interests, and abilities of each child and young adult, teaching curricula at all levels and in all grades and classes that facilitates their ability to take an active role in their own learning journey.
  • Inquiry-Based and Collaborative Education: Our school is recognized by peers, the world of higher education, and the global educational landscape as a community where students actively explore topics of interest, cooperate with peers to foster communication and conduct investigations aimed at developing critical thinking and collective problem-solving abilities, and utilize their voices in interdisciplinary and intergenerational settings for positive change.

Click on each of our 8 initiatives to read more about what is driving this process.

“I developed a really good work ethic and an ability to persevere at BFS. The IB program really pushed us to work hard and make sacrifices. I feel prepared for college. I’m proud of myself, and I’m confident in my abilities as a student to push through difficult academic challenges.” - BFS Alum