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A middle school built to care

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.


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.

Our Values



We learn courageously. We strive for growth, not perfection. We believe in ourselves and each other. We give it our all.​



We value joy. We believe that happiness is the greatest gift we can give ourselves and others. We follow our passions.

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We stand up for what’s right. We know that everything we do has the potential to influence others. We lift each other up.

Congratulations to Our Founding Class!


Students from our founding class have been accepted to the following schools:

Private Schools


Brooklyn Friends

The Packer Collegiate Institute

Poly Prep

Leman Manhattan Preparatory School

Mary McDowell

The Summit School

Parochial Schools


Notre Dame

St. Vincent Ferrer (Manhattan)

Bishop Loughlin Memorial

Nazareth Regional

Christ the King

Holy Cross HS

St. John's Preparatory

Cristo Rey (Brooklyn)

Specialized High Schools

Brooklyn Latin

Brooklyn Tech

Boarding Schools

The Peddie School

Public High Schools


Millenium Brooklyn


Boerum Hill


N.Y.C. Lab School for Collaborative Studies

NY Harbor School

Brooklyn High Arts

Newark High School

Christiana High School

Glasgow High School

Newark Charter School

The Charter School of Wilmington

Urban Assembly Maker

High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology

Brooklyn Collegiate

Academy of Software Engineering

Professional Performing Arts High School

The High School of Art and Design

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