Application Process

Apply to Brimmer and May School

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Application Process Requirements

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  • All Grades

    An interview is a required part of the process. Please contact the Admissions Office at or 617-738-8695 to make an appointment to meet with a member of our team. We begin interviewing in mid-September and continue through early February.

    During the 2021-2022 school year, we will be conducting interviews both virtually and in person (for vaccinated individuals only). Campus tours will be offered in person in small groups and by appointment only. For the safety of everyone, masks will be required of all visitors regardless of vaccination status while inside of campus buildings.
  • Lower School (PK-5)

    For family convenience, Brimmer participates in the Boston Area Video Evaluation (BAVE) for PK and K applicants. Details are included in the Ravenna Hub application steps. An optional campus visit to our early childhood classrooms will occur in mid-January as health and safety guidelines allow. 
    Students applying to grades 1-5 attend an in-person (or virtual, if needed) campus visit in January. The visit includes interactive and academic components. Details will be outlined for families in December. 
    For student applicants to grades PK–1, recent school reports, or preschool summaries, are required when available. A teacher evaluation from the student’s present teacher is also required. 

    For student applicants to grades 2-5, please include the last full year of report cards and any relevant standardized test results (if available) with the application. A teacher evaluation from each student’s present teacher is also required.
  • Middle and Upper School (6-12)

    Grade reports for the current and previous academic year are required and must be submitted through Ravenna. Teacher recommendation forms (Admin, English, and Math) are submitted in the same fashion. A graded writing sample is also required for all applicants. Applicants to the Middle School are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam. Applicants to the Upper School are required to take the Secondary School Admissions Test. Students should register for these exams online and request that scores be sent to Brimmer (school code #220600 for ISEE and #1860 for SSAT). Please allow our office time for processing. *Educational evaluations may be accepted in lieu of the ISEE and SSAT.

    While applications to the School are due in mid-January, supplemental materials including teacher recommendation forms, transcripts, and test scores can be accepted through the end of the month. An incomplete application may result in the file being held for review and an admission decision delayed.

Online Application Instructions

Brimmer uses Ravenna for our online application

Please create an account in Ravenna to complete your Brimmer application.
If you already have a Ravenna Hub account, simply log-in and select Brimmer in the school directory. For any technical questions, please contact Ravenna directly by following the instructions on the login page. 

Key Application Dates

Applications due: January 15, 2022
Financial Aid (PFS) due: January 28, 2022
Admissions decision sent: 
March 10, 2022
Family Decision deadline: 
April 10, 2022

Contact Information

Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions.

Admissions Office
Financial Aid Office617-278-2323
Admissions fax—617-734-5147 
  • NAIS Racial/Ethnic Classification
    Please see NAIS' well-defined definitions of racial and ethnic classifications for assistance in filling out the optional diversity category section of the Brimmer and May Application.
As an inclusive 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.