Welcome! The best way to learn more about the Brimmer experience is to connect with our Admissions Office. We are eager to share how Brimmer provides a strong and supportive learning environment where students are Inspired to Learn, Encouraged to Explore,and Empowered to Lead. Discover how our strong academic program, combined with robust offerings in athletics and the arts, provides a dynamic and rewarding experience while fostering an appreciation for lifelong learning. Our students develop the essential skills of critical thinking and problem solving, supported by creativity and collaboration, preparing them for our rapidly evolving world. You can start by completing our inquiry form so we can send you an information packet in the mail. We look forward to hearing from you and to getting to know your family throughout the application process.
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Middle and Upper School
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!
To schedule a tour or interview, please call the Admission Office at 617-738-8695 or email email@example.com. We begin conducting tours/interviews during the second week of school (early September), and continue throughout the academic year. 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.
The Admissions Office is located in May Hall, a brown shingle style house on the edge of campus. There are clearly identified visitor parking spots behind the building. If those spaces are occupied, you may also park on the street for up to two hours. After you park, please ring the front door buzzer and someone will greet you!
Please do not park in any numbered spot in our lots, as those are assigned parking spaces.
Your visit to Brimmer will start with a tour of campus by a member of the Admissions staff or a student tour guide if applying to grades 6-12. Lower school (grades PK-5) tours are designed for parents, and students will visit the School in January for our Lower School Assessment day. During the tour, you will have an opportunity to see our classrooms, collaborative learning spaces, Dining Commons, theater, and gym. During the interview portion of the visit, you will have a chance to ask questions, give an overview of your child’s interests and learning experiences, and review the application timeline with a member of our staff. Students applying to grades 6-12 will also meet one-on-one with an admissions officer and have a chance to talk about their interests and passions. While called an interview, this is really just a conversation and a chance for us to get to know applicants on a more personal level.
No. It is important for you to be comfortable! On your visit you will see that Brimmer students have a dress code that is casual. If you are taking a campus tour, we recommend comfortable footwear and appropriate outerwear depending on the weather.
When a student is placed on the wait list, it means that we may not be able to offer them a space. After April 10, we will know how much space is available. If at that time, we still cannot offer a space, families on the waitlist may choose to remain on the waitlist during the spring and summer months. The Admissions Office will contact you if a space becomes available, assuming you have requested to stay on the waiting list.
Yes! There are revisit days offered for accepted Middle and Upper School students in early April. If accepted, you will be notified of our scheduled revisit days. During a revisit day, students will attend classes, meet faculty and have an opportunity to meet Division Heads. This is a day for students to get the full Brimmer experience before making their final decision. Lower School parents will also have a chance to return to campus for our Curriculum Kaleidoscope.
Though Brian hails from the Philadelphia suburbs, he considers himself a New Englander at heart. After attending Bates College in Maine, Brian spent four years in New Hampshire, two of which were at Dublin School. Brian continued his career in admissions at Princeton Day School in Princeton, N.J. before returning to New Hampshire in 2007 to work at Cardigan Mountain School. A member of the Brimmer community since 2012, Brian finds Brimmer particularly attractive due to its signature programs, global education focus, and the opportunity to continue working with international students and families.
Brian is a member of the Greater Boston Financial Aid Practitioners Group and the Enrollment Management Association. In his spare time, he is an avid long-distance runner and enjoys traveling, cooking, skiing, and soccer.
Ellen has worked as a reading teacher, grant writer, and school counselor for 14 years in New Hampshire. She later relocated to Southeast Asia where she coordinated the admissions process for international families and served as the student and family counselor for families at the Jakarta Intercultural School in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the Taipei American School in Taipei, Taiwan. Ellen and her husband returned to Boston in 2010 to be closer to their extended family.
From the moment Ellen set foot on the Brimmer campus, she was impressed with the strong sense of community and the global studies programming throughout all divisions. She admires the Brimmer teachers for their expertise in teaching and use of methods that are current, tried and true, and based in solid research. Her favorite part about working at Brimmer is meeting parents during the admissions interview process and talking with them about the way Brimmer’s Lower School programs connect students to each other, the wider Brimmer community, and the world. Ellen enjoys attending student presentations, visiting classrooms, and watching students play on the playground. She loves the way Brimmer’s Lower School preserves childhood and stretches students so that they become “swept away” with what they are learning.
Ellen holds certifications from the state of New Hampshire as an Experienced Educator for grades K-8 and Guidance and Counseling for grades K-12. She is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), and SEARCH Associates, an organization for international educators, where she serves as a resource to teaching interns about to embark on a first year of overseas teaching.
Her strong interest in cultural anthropology/social psychology has led her to take courses through Primary Source and participate in Museum of Fine Arts lectures as part of her lifelong learning. Ellen is outdoors as much as possible, regularly kayaking along Cape Cod’s bayside beaches. She volunteers with the Brewster Conservation Trust (ponds coalition), works on local election campaigns, and is a member of a teachers’ writers group.
Director of Equity and Inclusion, Associate Director of MS/US Admissions
Jessica grew up in Northern New Jersey and is proud to be independent school–educated. Prior to joining Brimmer, Jessica worked for three years in admissions at her alma mater, The Dwight-Englewood School, in New Jersey, and for six years at The Spence School, in New York City. After receiving an M.A. in mental health counseling from NYU, Jessica spent time working as a psychotherapist at a small practice in New Haven, Conn.
For Jessica, independent schools have always been an environment in which she thrives and is her best self. At Brimmer, she appreciates the comradery among faculty and staff and enjoys the feeling of contributing and adding perspective to the Brimmer community.
When Jessica is not at work, she spends her time exercising, cooking, reading, learning and talking about diversity, and raising her children.
Associate Director of Admissions & Financial Aid, Gr. 6 History Teacher
Mallorie received her B.A. in psychology, with a minor in education and athletic coaching, at Western New England University in Springfield, MA. During her time at Western New England University, Mallorie was a four-year member of the women's soccer team. Following her college career, Mallorie moved to Canaan, NH, to work at the Cardigan Mountain School. At Cardigan, Mallorie was involved in all facets of school life including, teaching, dorm parenting, coaching soccer and tennis, and advising. She was drawn to Brimmer because of the welcoming community and strong bonds between the faculty, staff, students, and families.
Courtney McGillicuddy '89
Assistant Head of Lower School, Associate Director of Lower School Admissions
A native Bostonian and member of the Brimmer Class of 1989, Courtney has been teaching in the area since 1997. She joined the Brimmer team in 2007 as a Lower School Teacher. She taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades before becoming the Assistant Head of Lower School in 2011.
A committed and proud alumna, Courtney is thrilled to be back working at Brimmer—the essence of the School remains the same. The very things that attracted Courtney to Brimmer as a prospective student are also what brought her back as an educator. Brimmer is a close, supportive community where all members work to create an environment where students can meet their full potential, feel valued, and thrive.
Courtney holds a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. When she’s not at work, she likes to travel, read, and spend time with her family.
Having come to the U.S. as an international student in her twenties, Helen uses her international background to support Brimmer’s international students in adjusting to new environments and a new culture and helping them succeed both academically and socially.
Helen has spent a significant portion of her career in education, having been faculty in China, a college counselor at Boston University and Northeastern University, and an independent consultant. She has wanted to be an educator and counselor since she was a young child and is glad she has found her passion, which is helping students grow and reach their potential. Her philosophy promotes global learning, engaging with the community, and helping students become world citizens with compassion, vision, and commitment. Helen likes to explore new ways to connect international students and bring new perspectives to enrich our community such as through bringing different cultures to campus.
Helen believes that Brimmer is an open-minded, inclusive community with opportunities for flexibility and professional growth. She particularly enjoys working with international students and families, and is planning to write a novel on international students, their families, and their challenges and achievements.
Helen holds a Harvard summer college counseling certificate and has completed postgraduate coursework in social policy. She is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. In her spare time, she volunteers at a local Chinese school and senior center and is a board member for Chinese Culture Connection in Malden, Mass., a nonprofit that builds connections between the Asian community and the rest of Malden.
As Admissions Coordinator, Myra is the first person that new families speak with when they contact Brimmer about admissions. Before joining Brimmer in 2007, Myra worked in public school special education and had been a paralegal both in a private law firm and a bank.
One of Myra’s personal goals is to help to diversify the student body with families from all over the world. She loves working at Brimmer because every day is different, and she is always anxious to meet and welcome new families to our School. Myra considers the Brimmer community to be a tremendous group of caring professionals.
When Myra is not at work, she is an avid reader of both fiction and nonfiction and goes for daily walks.
Please feel free to contact us at any time with questions.
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.