We are Brooklyn Independent.
Founded in 2019, we are a nonprofit, independently-funded middle school (6th-8th grade) that believes students should be cared for and educated as unique individuals so they thrive as confident learners.
We dare to serve kids differently.
The BKI Difference
We have the middle school know-how
Middle school is a complex chapter in the student journey. As experienced middle school teachers with science-based knowledge, we’re versed in how to help students navigate each unique school year emotionally and intellectually. Our goal is to build a bridge that helps every child steadily and confidently transition from a nurturing elementary school setting to the demands of a high school environment.
Who should apply to BKI?
BKI is built for ALL Brooklyn kids. With a sliding scale tuition and inclusive admission practices, we are committed to a student body that reflects the diversity and dynamism of the borough that inspires and teaches us every day.
We are for families who:
Care about the advancement of a child’s personhood as equally as their academic performance
Share our belief in equity and inclusion and recognize the importance of all kids rising together
Want to be brought along the learning journey every step of the way
We are for students who:
Thrive in high energy, intimate classrooms where they can partner and participate in group work
Love to learn through end-of-unit projects and connections to the real world
Are empathetic and believe in a world that celebrates us all
100% of kids accepted into their top 3 choice high schools
100% of 2023 graduates passed the Living Envrionments & Algebra Regents
One of the most diverse private schools in NYC
Nadal, BKI Student Class of 2024
"I love how the school treats you so well. Teachers treat everyone with so much respect. They care about every kid in the class. It's not just about teaching the material to the class, they pay attention to each kid in the classroom and make sure that everyone progresses as a person and then as a class.”