Application Process

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Application Process Requirements

List of 3 items.

  • All Grades

    An interview is a required part of the process. Please call us at 617-738-8695 or email us at  to schedule an appointment. Please allow two hours for both the tour and interview. Interviews begin in mid-September each year and continue through early February.
  • Lower School (PK-5)

    Applicants to the Lower School will be evaluated in early January. In early December, you will receive an invitation to arrange your child’s evaluation. For convenience, this visit can also be scheduled at the time of your parent interview. 
    Recent report cards for applicants to Grades 1-5 should be provided. If available, standardized testing results for applicants to Grades 4 and 5 should also be included with the application. The Teacher Evaluation Form for PK and K applicants meets the report card requirement.
  • 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
Lower School Assessment: January 15, 2021
Financial Aid (PFS) due: 
January 29, 2021
Admissions decision sent: 
March 10, 2021
Family Decision deadline: 
April 10, 2021

Admissions Events

List of 5 events.

  • Jul

    Virtual Admissions Information Session

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  • Oct

    Admissions Open House

  • Oct

    School Day Open House

  • Jan

    Admissions Evaluations (PK-5)

  • Jan

    Snow date for Admissions Testing

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.