Global Focus

Brimmer students enlarge their understanding of what it means to be citizens not only of the school community but of an interdependent world through our emphasis on global education. Beginning with the study of world languages in pre-kindergarten and continuing with global studies in the Middle and Upper Schools, the curriculum reflects our belief that today’s students must be fully conversant with other peoples, cultures, and languages. Our integrated approach to learning, stressing interdisciplinary studies, helps students understand the connections between subjects and gives them a comprehensive view of the world. Our libraries support and inspire global initiatives with materials and guidance from the librarians.

An innovative World Languages program focuses on the importance of starting World Language instruction at an early age, introducing the study of French for all students in pre-kindergarten, and giving students the choice of studying French or Mandarin Chinese beginning in grade five, with the addition of Spanish in grade six. Language classes use our new language lab and incorporate the latest in computer technology to give students an intensive experience in speaking and listening.

Technology is a significant part of our Global Education program, allowing Brimmer students to conduct joint projects with students in Latin America, Central Europe, Africa, and other parts of the world. Spacious computer labs and lap-top labs for classroom use offer state-of-the-art equipment, so that students may use video-conferencing, telecommunications, and other media to collaborate with students across the country and around the globe.

Kelly Neely in the News

Kelly Neely is the Director of Global Studies and Humanities Department Co-Chair 

Neely was recently featured in NAIS. Independent school professionals share their thoughts on assessing students in terms of global citizenship, including how their schools are currently doing so. See Kelly in “Measuring Success in Global Education.”

Kelly Neely was featured in Click here for the full interview, Travel Advice for Teachers from a Director of Global Studies.

Northlands School International Student Exchange Program


The Brimmer-Northlands International Student Exchange program is part of our 21st century skills school philosophy invested in whole-person education. An integral part of this is the development of each individual as a global citizen. One of its main objectives is to imbue our students with respect and care for others, embracing all national identities. Click here to read more about the program.
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Brimmer Faculty Visit China

Lower School teachers Kate Pappas (2nd grade), Janet Sweezey (3rd grade), and Sarah Abrams (Librarian), as well as Co-Director of International Students Helen Du traveled to the Dapeng New School District in Shenzhen, China, in March 2017, to exchange ideas, teaching styles, and educational philosophies with Chinese educators. Click here to read more.

Brimmer teachers were invited to visit two elementary schools in Beijing to offer professional development training to Chinese teachers in March 2016. They visited the Experimental Elementary School attached to Haidian Teachers College and Chaoyang Experimental School attached to People's University High School. Click here to read more.

Global Education Partnerships

Brimmer’s global partnerships include:
Brimmer’s Sister Schools:
  • Podar International School, Pune, India
  • The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing  
  • Normal University, Beijing, China
  • Ecole Elementaire Boulard, Paris, France
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