Application Process

Apply to Brimmer and May School

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Application Process Requirements

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  • All Grades

    To schedule an in-person campus tour, please log-on to your Ravenna Hub account. Go to the step 'Campus Tour' and click 'Register for an event' to see all available dates and times. If you do not see a current offering, please contact us at Masks are optional for visitors while in campus buildings. We respect personal choice.

    An interview is a required part of the process*. To schedule an interview (virtually or in-person), please call the Admission Office at 617-738-8695 or email We begin conducting interviews during the second week of school (early September) and continue throughout the academic year (subject to availability).

    *An interview is required for students applying for grades 6-12 and parents/guardians of applicants applying for PK-5. One or both parents/guardians should accompany the student applicant. Please see the Lower School Interview FAQ or Middle & Upper School Interview FAQ for more information regarding the interview specifically.
  • Lower School (PK-5)

    Applicants to grades PK-5 may complete an in-person or virtual assessment. The session includes interactive and academic components.
    Applications to grades PK–1 should include recent school reports if and when available. Applications to grades 2-5 should include the current and previous year report cards and any relevant standardized test results (if available). A teacher evaluation from the student’s present teacher is 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. 

Admissions Openings

We have openings in select grades for the 2024-2025 school year. Please contact us at or 617-738-8695 to learn more.

Key Application Dates

Applications due: January 15, 2024
Financial Aid (PFS) due: January 26, 2024
Admissions decision sent: 
March 10, 2024
Family Decision deadline: 
April 10, 2024

Contact Information

Admissions Office617-738-8695
Financial Aid Office617-278-2323
Admissions fax—617-734-5147 
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.