“We honor student choice and facilitate student-centered learning through play and exploration, constructivist teaching, collaborative coursework, and self-directed student initiatives.”


Brooklyn Free School is a registered New York State secondary school with a permanent absolute charter from the New York State Board of Regents and a license to establish our own graduation requirements.

In keeping with the mission of Brooklyn Free School, our High School Program continues to honor student choice and voice, and supports self-directed student initiatives. Our program allows students to demonstrate leadership and responsibility within the community, and develop and pursue personal passions, building a love of learning and enhancing their capacity for structured study – necessary attributes for success in colleges and any path students choose to follow. We encourage and support students in personalizing their educations via structured, staff-led classes, activities, and projects; independent studies with a staff point-person; opportunities for student initiative within the school community; and internships, volunteer opportunities, and student programs across New York City.

The BFS High School Program cultivates lifelong learning skills and an understanding of working democratically and inclusively with diverse groups of people. We meet biweekly in democratic meetings – with the High School program and with the whole school – to discuss and propose solutions to school concerns. We actively support all voices in our community through advisory meetings and affinity group work. Participants in the High School Program join a diverse community of students and staff from a wide variety of backgrounds and enjoy the benefits of spending time with and mentoring the younger students in our General School.

Brooklyn Free School recognizes and honors the energy, curiosity, and capacity of teens to engage meaningfully in the world around them, and values the important role that adults play when assisting adolescents to plan, organize, and follow through on their ideas and intentions.

Over the past ten years, the 21 students that have graduated from Brooklyn Free School are currently traveling, working, and studying in public and private colleges throughout the country.




We are proud to maintain a connection with the amazing graduates from our high school program who have gone on to college and careers throughout NYC and beyond.  In addition to being accepted into the programs listed below, our graduates have found paths as artists, activists, community organizers, teaching assistants, and talented child care workers.

Current Class of 2017 college acceptance list:
Macaulay Honors College
The New School
SUNY Purchase
Clark University
Union College
SUNY Potsdam
Franklin and Marshall
Hudson Valley
SUNY Albany
Sage College of Albany
Mount Holyoke
SUNY Geneseo

Class of 2016 college acceptance list:
City College
Rochester Institute of Technology
Pennsylvania State University
New York Institute of Technology
Global College at Long Island University

Class of 2015 college acceptance list:
Reed College
Sarah Lawrence College
Hampshire College
Goucher College
SUNY Purchase
Cazenovia College
Emerson College
Evergreen State University
Marlboro College
Hiram College
Kingsborough Community College

Previous college acceptances:
New York University
Drexel University
Hart College of Music
Berklee College of Music
Ithaca College
Brooklyn College
Hunter College
Champlain College
California College of Art
Medger Evers College
Fashion Institute of Technology
Simon’s Rock College of Bard