Application Process

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You are ready to apply to Brimmer. We’re ready to help you navigate the application process and eager to learn more about you!
We do not currently have spaces available for this year. However, we are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. We look forward to connecting with your family soon!

Application Process Requirements

List of 3 items.

  • 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. Interviews are conducted via Zoom and typically take 30 minutes to an hour. We begin interviewing in mid-September and continue through early February.
  • Lower School (PK-5)

    Our typical procedure of having students visit the Brimmer campus as part of the application process will be adjusted for the 2021-22 admissions cycle. We will return to our well-received and informative campus visits in the future! 

    For the health and safety of all, our assessment portion for children will be virtual this year. The student piece will be tailored to three admissions groupings: Early Childhood (PK and K), Middle Elementary (Grades 1-3), and Upper Elementary (Grades 4 and 5). Details and options will be provided to parents in early October, and updated on Ravenna. 
    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.
    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. 
  • Middle and Upper School (6-12)

    Please submit grades for the current and previous academic year.

    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. An ISEE or SSAT is required of all applicants to the Middle and Upper Schools.

    While applications to the School are due in early 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


Complete an online application through Ravenna SolutionsOnce on their page, you will be asked to create an account, at which point you will be able to complete the 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. Please note: If you use this option, it is important that you DO NOT submit any part of your application, including essays or recommendations, through the SAO. Submitting multiple applications will delay the processing of your application.

Complete the Standard Application Online (SAO) through SSAT. Applicants applying to multiple schools may want to consider applying through this method. Please note: Your application will come to us through the SSAT site. If you use this option, it is imperative that you DO NOT submit any part of your application, including essays or recommendations, through the Brimmer application portal. Submitting multiple applications will delay the processing of your application.
  • 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.

Key Application Dates

Applications due: January 15, 2021
Financial Aid (PFS) due: January 29, 2021
Admissions decision sent: 
March 10, 2021
Family Decision deadline: 
April 10, 2021

Virtual Admissions Events

List of 5 events.

  • Sep

    Virtual Admissions Information Session

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  • Sep

    Virtual Admissions Information Session

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  • Oct

    Virtual Weekend Open House

    Grades PK-12
  • Oct

    Virtual School Day Open House

    Grades PK-12
  • Nov

    Virtual Walk-Through-Wednesday

    Grades PK-12
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Contact Information

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

Admissions Office
Financial Aid Office—617-278-2323 
Admissions fax—617-734-5147 
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.