International Students

See Yourself Here

Take the first step on a life-changing journey. Join a community that makes global perspectives integral to the academic curriculum, that values a multiculturally diverse student body, and that is dedicated to the academic and personal development of each individual student. At Brimmer our international students come from many countries, including China, South Africa, Korea, Brazil, Australia, Saudi Arabia, and Denmark. They contribute to all areas of the School and community life and help make our institution dynamic and collaborative.

Supporting Your Success

We are mindful of the fact that international students may have specific needs that require support. Through effective and consistent communication, our Co-Directors of International Students work with families during the admissions process and continue to support students and families throughout their time at Brimmer.
We accept well-qualified children at every grade level who are developing their English proficiency. Some of these students require English language support, and we offer courses and tutoring that help develop speaking, reading, writing, and listening skills, providing a strong foundation for success in a mainstream classroom.

International Student Application Process

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  • Middle and Upper School International Admissions

    Students in the Middle and Upper Schools are expected to have proficiency in English. While English Language Support (ELS) is offered to students who may not yet be independently successful in their classes, there is no formal English as a Second Language (ESL) program. The ELS and Foundations of English classes benefit students who are adept at English but may require support in certain areas of their language development. The classroom instruction is intended to supplement and provide enrichment to the core curriculum. For qualified candidates who need support above and beyond the classes offered, tutoring may be recommended or required. 
    To learn more about the application requirements please see the application process page of the website. Please note that a TOEFL or TOEFL Junior is not required but it is strongly recommended.
  • Lower School International Admissions

    PK through Grade 5 students take a Lower School Admissions assessment as part of the Brimmer application process. This includes a test component that helps us determine whether a child is at the beginning, intermediate, or advanced stage of English language learning. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews each student’s application to make the best decision on their candidacy. Some students may be accepted to Brimmer on the condition that tutoring for reading and/or writing will be required.

Living Arrangements

Upper School students may live with a host family in the local area, while Middle and Lower School students must live with their parents.

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 

Upper School Viewbook

Middle School Viewbook

Lower School Viewbook

Are You Applying from China?

In order to provide an equal opportunity for all Chinese applicants interested in Brimmer, we have partnered with Vericant. Vericant conducts preliminary interviews and short writing samples with our applicants in Mainland China. Vericant does not evaluate candidates, but instead, posts the interviews online for the Brimmer Admissions Committee to review. Candidates will then be selected for formal interviews, either online or in person, when possible. 

While the Vericant interview is optional, it is strongly encouraged for any Chinese students currently living in China. Our office will review your Vericant interview within a week of receiving the video, and the interview will be included in our Admissions Committee review. Please note that your application fee to Brimmer does not include the Vericant interview costs. Learn more about Vericant and schedule an interview.

To learn more about what it's like to be an international student at Brimmer, we encourage you to watch this video below.
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.