Brimmer & May School
5.00 (2 reviews)
The Chase Building houses Lower, Middle, and Upper School classrooms, teacher offices, the dining hall, and and the Ruth Corkin Theatre.
- Mission Statement: Brimmer and May is a PreK-12 co-educational day school that upholds high academic standards while implementing innovative ideas.
- We develop life-long learners who are informed, engaged, and ethical citizens and leaders in our diverse world. Guiding Principles that Define a Brimmer and May Education: Inspired to Learn: We foster active learning and challenge students to think and work independently and collaboratively to become confident problem solvers and 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`s Life Rules/Core Values Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, Kindness.
|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|
|Total Students||378 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 24%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||69 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||5:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||12 students|
|Number of AP Courses||18 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Advanced Courses||AP Biology (lab), AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language, AP Macroeconomics, AP Mandarin Language, AP Microeconomics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Physics 2 (lab), 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. 12 / rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition varies by grade/division. Please call for more information|
|% on Financial Aid|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$25,622|
|Admissions Director||Brian C. Beale|
|Admissions Associate||Jessica Christian|
|Total Sports Offered||9 sports|
|Sports||Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, TennisBaseball, Basketball,|
Cross Country, Field Hockey,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||21 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Acoustic Music, Admission Ambassador, Card Games, Community Service Club, Conversations on Race Relations, Forensic Science, Global Studies, GSA (Gender and Sexuality for All), Knitting Club, Math Competition Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Politics and the Media, Quiz Bowl, Spanish Culture Club, Sports Appreciation Club, STEAM, Stock Market Club, Strategic Games Club, Student Diversity Leadership Club, The Maze (Upper School Literary Journal)
- 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, 18 AP courses, and independent study. Signature Diploma Programs include Creative Arts, Global Studies, and STEAM. Upper School students participate in Winterim, an educational travel program run by the Brimmer and May faculty bi-annually. Students have the opportunity to travel abroad or explore areas closer to home. The Athletics department offers 35 teams in 11 sports to Middle and Upper 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 www.brimmer.org
- Brimmer and May Summer Program offerings include Brimmer and May Summer Camp, Gator Goals Soccer Academy, Eco Adventure Camp, and Global Explorers. See www.brimmerandmaycamp.org for details.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Chestnut HillGrades: 6-12 | 470 students
791 Hammond St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
- CambridgeGrades: PK-12 | 1018 students
80 Gerrys Landing Rd
Cambridge, MA 02138
- MiltonGrades: K-12 | 980 students
170 Centre Street
Milton, MA 02186
- Chestnut HillGrades: NS-6 | 274 students
428 Hammond Street
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
- BrooklineGrades: PK-8 | 555 students
171 Goddard Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445
The school has many pros & cons. I will try to categorize them to the best of my ability.Academics:The academics were not easy. I was challenged and the supportive faculty turned me around when I started to slip during my teenage angsty years. However, they were not incredibly rigorous. It is very much a "if you do the work you need to do, you will do great." But you did not necessarily need to go above & beyond to do well. I would say the kids who didn't do well were not unable, but just didn't care to because 1. They didn't see school as valuable or 2. They didn't feel that they had to because their parents were paying full tuition... so why would B&M ever kick them out?Students:For such a small school, I met many different kinds of people. Students typically got very cliquey. While the school was mostly populated with students from white, affluent families, the school did a good job of mixing in inner city, deserving students, and international students. This could easily be covered up by the fact that the school also has a tendency to accept undeserving student-athletes who develop bad academic reputations & habits. I have witnessed unmotivated students disrupt the classroom climate and much of it is because B&M often values money over the quality of their students.Faculty: The faculty is actually very incredible, with obviously a few exceptions. A strong number of the faculty have been working there for decades (some who have just retired or moved on after I graduated). I have never seen a more devoted faculty in any other professional space, let alone academia. Now that I have gotten older, I am even more surprised as to how people can prioritize so many students before themselves and even their families, truly amazing. On a personal level, I made very strong connections with faculty members that I value to this day. There are a couple exceptions, however. Some of these long standing faculty members leverage their time and power to do what they want - almost like tenure in college (Murray). Administration: The administration is solid. Mr. Iuliano, who has made his way up in the administration rankings during my time, is one of the greatest men I have ever met. He is extremely fair, understanding, and lays his foot down appropriately when needed. Ms. Guild (Head) is kind, and during Ms. Reenstierna's farewell tour in 2012, it was clear that Guild was more than ready to take the lead. To my understanding, the school has made some major, impressive changes under her direction.Extracurriculars: The two biggest extracurriculars activities were Athletics & Drama. Fortunately, B&M provides a community & space where it is very possible to do both, which in other or bigger schools is almost unheard of. I feel that in most other schools it is either you are a jock or a theatre kid, and rarely do those people cross. At Brimmer, they encourage their students to do as much as they can to not only showcase their talent, but to allow them to mold themselves into more diversified and skilled adults. Both programs are very strong - you can tell where a lot of the money goes to - but I think both are good investments, to an extent.Overview: The school's support system is quite strong. They really do the best they can with integrating a community based environment with the students. However, that can often be tainted with some of the (I hate to say it) mistakes within their admissions. Academically, the school is not lacking, but it is not incredibly rigorous at the same time. If you feel that the student needs an intimate school experience, Brimmer & May should be a good fit.
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