Application Process

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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. 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 & Upper School (6-12)

    Please submit grades for the current and previous academic year.

    Due to accessibility issues and the risks of in-person testing, the ISEE and SSAT will be optional for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. We recognize that many students have already taken or are scheduled to take one of these exams. We are happy to accept these test results and include them in your student’s application file. Scores can be sent directly to Brimmer (code #220600 for ISEE and #1860 for SSAT).
    If students choose not to submit the ISEE or SSAT, we would welcome alternate educational testing or evaluations should they be available and you feel they would be beneficial to our evaluation of your student. If testing is not submitted, students will be asked to complete our own supplemental assessment this winter. We will work with families if accommodations are needed. We would also encourage your student to submit the optional personal recommendation form through Ravenna as well as a graded writing sample. All documents can be sent to It is extremely important to note that students who do not submit testing as part of the process will not be penalized in any way, and all documents submitted will be reviewed with thoughtful care and consideration.

    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.

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

Current Openings

We have openings in PK for the 2021-2022 school year and a limited number of spaces available in other grades. Please contact the Admissions Office at for more information.

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.