Brimmer is a Pre-K to 12 coeducational day school that upholds high academic standards while implementing innovative ideas. We develop lifelong learners who are informed, engaged, and ethical citizens and leaders in our diverse world.
Guiding principles that define a Brimmer education:
Inspired to Learn:We foster active learning and challenge students to think and work independently and collaboratively, become confident problem solvers, and be critical thinkers.
Encouraged to Explore: We encourage students to engage their curiosity, expand creativity, explore interests, develop voice, and strive for personal best in an inclusive environment.
Empowered to Lead: We empower learners to embrace opportunities in our student-centered environment. We believe developing intellect with character prepares our students to succeed in our global community.
Brimmer and May enjoys a 135-year history. The Brimmer School was founded in 1887 and the May School in 1880. In 1939, these two well-known Boston schools merged. In 1954, Brimmer and May moved to its current location, three miles west of Boston in Chestnut Hill. Brimmer and May became fully coeducational in 1992.
From the beginning, we have been committed to creating high-achieving lifelong learners with strong moral character. Today, Brimmer and May continues this tradition as we educate students from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12.
Brimmer is committed to educating thoughtful, informed, and ethical citizens. As a member of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Brimmer strives to uphold the following 10 common principles, in abbreviated form:
Learn to use one's mind well.
Choose depth over coverage: less is more.
Apply the School’s goals to all students.
Personalize the school experience to reflect the educational community.
Promote student-as-worker, teacher-as-coach.
Model decency and trust.
Display commitment as generalists first and specialists second.
Dedicate resources to planning, teaching, and learning.
Promote a commitment to democracy, equity, and diversity.
Brimmer has four Life Rules that serve as our moral guidelines: Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, and Honesty. These four values are introduced in Lower School and threaded through each student’s day to promote interactions that are conducive to learning. In Middle and Upper School, the Life Rules are referred to as Core Values, and a fifth value is added to the list: Open-Mindedness. All students, faculty, and staff are expected to live by these Life Rules and Core Values, which are central to our School’s mission.
Brimmer is accredited by The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), which in 2011 designated Brimmer and May as a “School of the Future.” To learn more about Brimmer’s designation by NAIS as a “Model School,” click here.
We are also proud of our memberships and affiliations with the following organizations: Academic Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE), Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), the Independent Curriculum Group (ICG), the National Center for Independent School Renewal (NCISR), National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
Independent Girls Conference (IGC), Massachusetts Bay Independent League (MBIL), New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC)
Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS), Boston Independent School College Counselors Association (BISCCA), the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
Association of International Educators (NAFSA); Ecole Elementair (Paris, France); Podar International School (Pune, India); Primary Source; Senecorps (Senegal, Africa); The Experimental High School Attached to Beijing Normal University (Beijing, China); the Institute for Global Ethics (IGE)
Parents’ Independent School Network (PIN) Testing Agencies
College Board, College and Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA), Council for Aid to Education (CAE), Educational Records Bureau (ERB), Educational Testing Service (ETS)
Brimmer seeks to empower students to be involved actively in their own learning process. With teachers serving as thoughtful facilitators, students are asked to lead discussions, to solve problems, and to carry out independent research. We offer students an interdisciplinary approach to learning. Taking multiple perspectives on a particular subject helps students develop a deeper appreciation and understanding of the interconnectedness of ideas. For example, when sixth graders study Ancient Greece in their humanities class, they learn about the Grecian monetary system in math, tell Greek stories through interactive software in technology class, and put on plays with Greek themes in drama. In fourth grade, students are immersed in Japanese culture. They then self-select a specific Japanese topic to research, and the project culminates in a day-long Japan Festival in which the whole Lower School takes part. Students also explore the contributions of Asian immigrants to American culture and society and consider the process of becoming a United States citizen through an intensive and interactive immigrant experience. Brimmer's goal is to present students with a context for their studies; we believe that students retain and understand information much more effectively when they understand why and not just what.
Brimmer is committed to providing a safe and caring place for all students. All members of the community strive to treat each other with respect, and faculty work to prevent bullying and help children feel safe at School. The School has a “Bully Prevention and Intervention Plan” available in the Head of School’s Office, which is implemented when the School receives a report of a bullying or harassment incident. CLICK HERE to download the full Bully Prevention and Intervention Plan.
Click above to read about Brimmer and May School's designation as a “Model School” by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). A total of eight schools in the United States and abroad were selected based on their ongoing efforts to successfully adopt seven “Essential Capacities for the 21st Century.”
BRIMMER 69 Middlesex Road Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 617-566-7462