For over 150 years, Greene Street Friends School has used Quaker principles combined with innovative educational practices to teach children. The campus, contained within a city block, is framed by the Lower and Middle School classroom buildings on Greene and Armat Streets, respectively. All students are subject to developmentally appropriate schooling, and receive a great deal of individual attention due to small class size. Across the curriculum, children are engaged in hands-on activities and multi-disciplinary projects as they practice and master their academic skills. In the Middle School, students gradually experience the routines and structures that they will experience in high school. Foreign languages are introduced in pre-K and continue throughout a student's time at GSFS. Other activities include soccer, basketball, student forum, tree lab, and outdoor education. An extended day program is available for students from pre-K through fifth grade, providing afterschool care from 3pm to 6pm. The before school program allows for parents to drop off children from 7:30am until 8am (when the school doors officially open). Field trips, beginning in pre-K, play an important role in the curriculum. Camping trips and other overnight trips are an integral part of every student's progression through the upper elementary and middle school grades. The Middle School students travel to New York City, Washington, DC, and Costa Rica in conjunction with major curricular themes. Admission is selective and parents are encouraged to visit the school while in session, prior to submitting an application. For applicants to the pre-K and first grade, a visit (individual or group play date), including developmental screening and a school readiness assessment, is required. Second through fourth grade applicants are given academic testing, and visit for a full day to participate in all classroom activities. Middle school (fifth through eighth grade) applicants take an external admission test in addition to the class visit. Tuition aid is received by approximately one-third of the student body and is granted on the basis of financial need, after admission.