Mary McDowell Friends School

  • The Mary McDowell Friends School is an independent, Friends school for children with learning disabilities.
  • As its guiding principle, the School believes that every child with learning disabilities can learn with the support of a community dedicated to specialized teaching, cooperation and respect. The School's approach is grounded in the Quaker values of respect for individuals, personal, and social responsibility, peaceful resolution of conflict, the importance of diversity and the value of service.
  • Challenging and building on the strengths of each child, the School cherishes the uniqueness of every student.
  • The School is committed to an educational partnership between faculty and parents.
  • It serves as a resource in Brooklyn to provide information about learning disabilities to professionals, parents and the community.

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School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLanguage based Learning Disabilities
Year Founded1984

Student Body

Total Students413 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade Mary McDowell Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers60 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
40%
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$71,739
Admissions DirectorSusan Jackson
Admissions AssociatePam Cotto

Sports

Total Sports Offered6 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
SoccerSoftball,
Track and FieldVolleyball,

School Notes

  • The Mary McDowell Friends School is an independent, Friends school for children with learning disabilities. As its guiding principle, the School believes that every child with learning disabilities can learn with the support of a community dedicated to specialized teaching, cooperation and respect. The School's approach is grounded in the Quaker values of respect for individuals, personal, and social responsibility, peaceful resolution of conflict, the importance of diversity and the value of service. Challenging and building on the strengths of each child, the School cherishes the uniqueness of every student. The School is committed to an educational partnership between faculty and parents. It serves as a resource in Brooklyn to provide information about learning disabilities to professionals, parents and the community.

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
Mary Mcdowell Friend School is truly an amazing school, community and environment for ideal learning suited to ALL students and our individualized learning. I started at mmfs back in 3rd grade (2007), fast forward and I am a class of 2016 alumni, currently enrolled in American University. (something my parents would have been proud of any of their children for doing, let alone their child with the most serve to learn difficulties. Note I did label myself as disabled, I think my writing speaks for itself.)I was unable to read, couldn't write past a 1st-grade level, was acting out in all ways because I wasn't given the tools I needed to be "smart", thankfully when I left a park slope public school to attend Mary Mcdowell, all that and so much more changed. I am an Education major and I am considering getting my master in Special Education, I attribute MMFS to that dream becoming a reality. I was not the perfect student although as the years went by, I went from getting some A's with the downfalls of some C's, to straight A's my entire high school career. Once it became clear I was hungry for higher levels of learning and educating myself before college, MMFS made it their mission to help me achieve my academic potential. As well as shaping me into a self-aware global citizen who wants to leave the world a little better. Thank you to all the Mary Mcdowell Staff even the ones I use to get into heated political and feminism based arguments with. ~~~~
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Highest recommendation. Visit, and the many reasons why will be immediately clear...as will your relief and renewed hope as you contemplate entrusting your child to these true educators. A place of both kindness and vision.
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