Brimmer & May School

     Tel: (617)738-8695
Grades: PK - 12 | 399 students
The Brimmer and May School is an inclusive, caring community of learners and is committed to maintaining rigorous academic standards while implementing innovative educational ideas.
The School promotes active learning by challenging students to think and work both independently and collaboratively, to approach learning with enthusiasm and confidence, to develop problem solving, critical thinking, and analytical reading and writing skills, to understand and use emerging technologies, to explore and expand their creativity, to pursue health and well-being, to discover and realize their own potential.
We promote ethical behavior by emphasizing individual responsibility, citizenship, and honesty.
We embrace diversity and global awareness and encourage students to develop respect for themselves and others.
Our objective is to develop informed, engaged, and ethical citizens and leaders for the global community of the 21st century.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1880

Student Body

Total Students 399 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 30%
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Brimmer & May School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 68 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 74%
Average Class Size 12 students
Number of AP Courses 16 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses AP Biology (lab), AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language, AP Macroeconomics, AP Mandarin Language, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP Studio Art: 2-D Design, AP World History, 
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 17
% on Financial Aid 30%
Average Financial Aid Grant $22,390
Admissions Director Brian C. Beale
Admissions Associate Andrew Ferrara


Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Snowboarding, Soccer, Softball, TennisAlpine SkiingBaseball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Acoustic Jam Session, Brimmer and May News Network, Culture Club (Diversity), Math Competition Club, Model United Nations, Peer Leaders, Philanthropy Club, Robotics Club, Rock Band, The Maze (Upper School Literary Journal), Young Entrepreneurs' Club Peer Leaders, Robotics Club, Rock Band, Acoustic Jam Session,
Brimmer and May News Network,
Culture Club (Diversity),
Math Competition Club,
Model United Nations,
Philanthropy Club,
The Maze (Upper School Literary Journal),
Young Entrepreneurs' Club,

School Notes:

  • Founded in 1880, Brimmer and May is a coeducational day school with a diverse student body, offering a rigorous program of academics, athletics, arts, and extracurricular activities to students in pre-kindergarten through grade 12. Brimmer and May was the only school in New England cited as a "Model School" for 21st century skills by the National Association of Independent Schools. The School is located three miles west of Boston.  Brimmer and May students begin studying French in pre-kindergarten and have the option of studying Mandarin in grade 5, and Spanish in grade 6.
  • The 6:1 student-faculty ratio allows students and teachers to work closely and cooperatively. Upper School students are guided in course selection, goal-setting, and college planning by their faculty advisor and college counselor.  In addition to the college preparatory course of study, students have the opportunity to join the Honors program and may choose from electives in art, theatre, music, video production, 14 AP courses, and independent study.  Signature Programs include a Creative Arts Diploma Program and a Global Studies Program.  Juniors are involved in a year-long community service program. Upper School students participate in Winterim, an educational travel program run by the Brimmer and May faculty. Students have the opportunity to travel abroad or explore areas closer to home. The Athletics department offers 35 team sports to Upper and Middle School students.
  • The Middle School program is focused on building skills as students take on greater independence and initiative. Students in these transitional years are guided in becoming self-motivated and self-disciplined students, equipped with the knowledge and experience they will need to meet the expectations of the Upper School. Each child's progress is carefully monitored, providing the support students need as they move from the Lower to the Middle School. Students regularly give exhibitions that demonstrate what they have learned. All students also take part in the community service program.
  • The Lower School program provides students with an integrated curriculum that allows them to understand the relationship between all the subjects they study. The curriculum fosters independence and helps students become both learners and teachers. The school offers an After-School Music program and an Extended Day program.
  • Brimmer and May's goal is to provide students with an environment that will stimulate them to love learning, to think deeply and analytically, to value themselves and others, and to prepare and inspire students to think and act as responsible and ethical citizens within the diverse global community. To read more about the school see
  • Brimmer and May Summer Programs offers Brimmer and May Summer Camp, Gator Goals Soccer Academy, Eco Adventure Camp, and Global Explorers. See for details.

Profile last updated: 02/25/2014

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