Volunteer

Our volunteer program is a great way to learn about the schoolʼs unique philosophy and participate in the school community. Volunteers have the opportunity to observe and participate directly in the daily life of the school, share their interests and passions with a community of learners, and form deep and meaningful relationships with students of all ages.

Successful volunteers are dependable, reliable, flexible, organized, creative, supportive of the schoolʼs mission, and interested in children/education; they have had previous experience with children, relate well to children of all ages, and are excited about learning for themselves and others.  Communication skills, punctuality, consistency, and commitment are essential to being a volunteer at Brooklyn Free School.

Apply to this program if you can commit to volunteering for a full day each week, for a minimum of a semester or if you can offer a class at a regular time each week. Applicants are encouraged to participate in the program for the full experience of a complete year at a free school.


School Volunteers – one full day per week

Under supervision of a staff Advisor:

  • Participate in academic activities and informal play
  • Help chaperone school trips
  • Observe conflict resolution and peer mediation with young students
  • Participate in school meetings and other forms of the schoolʼs democratic process
  • Assist students at lunchtime
  • Help with general school maintenance and upkeep

Occasionally individuals with specific skills or subject expertise volunteer for the specific period of time required to teach a class in that skill or subject.  Student interest must first be determined, as well as scheduling and resource availability.  Examples of past classes taught by volunteer teachers include animation, improv, philosophy, and video game design.

Administrative Volunteers

Under supervision of our administrative staff:

  • Observe and aid in different aspects of running a nonprofit organization and alternative school

Past volunteers have earned college credit when their specific program accepts BFS as a program placement.

Direct your inquiries to Kathy at volunteering@brooklynfreeschool.org or 718-499-2707.