About Us

Mission and Guiding Principles

Mission Statement

Brimmer and May is a PK-Grade 12 all gender day school that upholds high academic standards while implementing innovative ideas in a supportive and student-centered community. We develop lifelong learners who are informed, engaged, and ethical citizens and leaders in our diverse world.

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    Inspired to Learn 
    We inspire students to be active learners, confident problem-solvers, and critical thinkers who work both independently and collaboratively.

    Encouraged to Explore
    We encourage students to engage their curiosity, expand their creativity, explore their interests, develop their voices, and strive for their personal best.

    Empowered to Lead
    We empower students to embrace opportunities, develop their intellect with character, and lead in the global community.

    Brimmer has five Core Values that serve as our moral guidelines: Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Honesty, and Equity. These values are introduced in Lower School and threaded through each student’s day to promote interactions that are conducive to learning. All students, faculty, and staff are expected to live by these Core Values, which are central to our School’s mission.

    The May School was founded in 1880 and the Brimmer School in 1887. In 1939, these two well-known Boston schools merged. In 1954, Brimmer and May moved to its current location, three miles west of Boston in Chestnut Hill. Brimmer and May became fully coeducational in 1992. 
    From the beginning, we have been committed to creating high-achieving lifelong learners with strong moral character. Today, Brimmer and May continues this tradition as we educate students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. 
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      Watch how our community lives out its Mission every day.

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      Learn how our Core Values set the tone for our inclusive community.

As an inclusive private school community, Brimmer welcomes students who will increase the diversity of our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, or any other characteristic protected from discrimination under state or federal law, in the administration of our educational policies, admissions practices, financial aid decisions, and athletic and other school-administered programs.