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Brimmer & May School

Private | PK-12 | 394 students


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Posted October 28, 2014

Brimmer is wonderful, happy place. To be frank - the adolescent world is like the wild west these days - kids compete in the conventional spaces of intellect, arts, and athletics; but also in the social media space. It seems there are few places left to explore, be true to yourself, and take chances. Brimmer remains such a place - in each small class you'll see jockey kids that go on to play at top tier colleges, artsy kids racking up Globe show awards, plays and musicals that involve every type of kid. Doing one's best, in whatever it may be, is alway celebrated. Writing is a major part of the curriculum; and a drop in writing center supports this effort. Dig deep, think critically and participate are concepts learned early. Brimmer and May is a place to become your authentic self.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 4, 2014

Brimmer and may is a super school in many, many respects. This is a community where everyone learns and respects each other, and individuality is appreciated.
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Posted June 5, 2014

Brimmer and May is an incredibly well thought-out experience. The children are happy here and they learn without tears. They also learn respect and devlop character - something that will serve them well for their whole lives.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 13, 2014

Our child has been a student at Brimmer and May since kindergarten and the school continues to exceed our expectations. The focus on independent learning enables our child to excel academically. There is a strong sense of community among faculty, administration and families. The continuity of education from PreK to Grade 12 creates unique insights and opportunities both on an academic and personal level for students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 21, 2014

Do you want your child to go to a school they love? Then Brimmer and May is the school for you.
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Posted July 15, 2013

If you are considering sending your child to Brimmer and May you might want to send them so place else. My child has been here for six years and yes has made many great friends,but sadly thats all. The academics are HORRID and would be better off sending them to Public School. When people say Brimmer and May they think "wow" But trust me it's no longer that way. I mean Look at their college acceptance rate. ITS A JOKE!!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 3, 2013

As a parent who has had experience of great schools in the UK, both private and public, as well as a top international school in Asia, Brimmer and May not only compared well but outshone them in many aspects. My children have attended Brimmer for three years and felt welcomed from day one. Our first good gut feelings about the school turned out to be well foundered. As we have got to know the school and understand the broad ranging opportunities offered here in more depth, we have only become more pleased with our decision to choose Brimmer. Outstanding strong points in my opinion are the high level of critical thinking and global awareness fostered in children. Tools which will serve students well. Exceptional faculty who bring their subjects alive and are always prepared to go the extra mile. A philosophy of life long learning is encouraged and modeled by the faculty. Accessible and approachable faculty. Head who has a clear understanding of the schools history and a great vision for it's future. Small class sizes allow for teachers to develop a child's strengths as well as identify and address any problem areas. Do yourself a favor, visit Brimmer and May & judge for yourself.
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Posted October 21, 2012

I am a product of public schools all the way through graduate school. I have always been a huge supporter of public schools. But I have to say I am so happy to have my children switched to Brimmer and May. Small and interesting classes, caring teachers that promote independence and collaboration, school heads who aim to inspire and nurture, parents who care about the whole child, theirs as well as others... It's a great diverse community with strong focus on active learning. My children are thriving and I could not be happier.
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Posted January 9, 2012

I was a student there for half a year, I was bullied into the ground and I did not have to do any work for the good grades I received, the arts program is a joke and a lie so that parents are sucked in to spending way too much. I did not learn anything, everything that was taught was extremely basic for the grade i was in, and if you or your child does not fit in to the stereotypical popular crowd, you or your child will become an instant outcast. All you do is basically pay for your kid to get good grades, and you would be much better off sending a kid to brookline high school. the teachers there actually care if you do work or not. and that's a PUBLIC school.

Posted June 29, 2011

Brimmer and May is an exceptional school. We have been very, very pleased with our decision to send our children there. The school is the perfect combination of being on the cutting edge of education while maintaining a regard for the New England private school experience. The school has a strong arts program coupled with an international focus. Our children have had an outstanding education at Brimmer, but they have been able to thrive for other reasons as well. The school really develops the whole child: our children have performed in plays, learned a second instrument, delved into subjects from a variety of angles, and enjoyed a wonderful education. We are so pleased with Brimmer and May - we could not have found a better school for our children.
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Posted June 20, 2011

I think it's a shame to see a review that criticizes the school in such a vague manner and attribute it to a lack of leadership. In fifth grade, the children go thru a whole series on being self-motivated and do an entire reserach project independently - to which they present to administrators and teachers. There is no lack of leadership being taught. Many of the projects and charity work that the children perform are inspired by or presented to the administration by the children! These kids are being guided to be self-performing, independent thinkers and conscientious contributors to society. I'm proud that my two sons are here and they are realizing themselves to be individuals and not cookie-cutter bots whose whole goal in life is to make money. The kids in the Lower School (PreK-5) get to know each other in their share groups and in presentations throughout the school year. My little PreKer thinks his 5th grade buddy is his best friend. My 2nd grader is best friends with someone from a different religion, socio-economic status, and race - and couldn't find someone MORE like him! This school and their administrators know what they're doing.
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Posted June 20, 2011

Our three kids have been at Brimmer for five years and loved every minute of it. They have attended public schools in the US and private schools internationally and it is only at Brimmer where they found a " home". They have been nurtured yet challenged academically, creatively, athletically and socially. As a parent, I love the entire school community and authentic focus on educating the whole child for success in the 21st century. In our opinion, Brimmer is the best kept secret in Boston!
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Posted May 17, 2010

If you're considering this school, keep looking and do your research. I consider this school slightly above our public education option because of the facilities and student - child ratio but the leadership lacks and you don't see any change in place.
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Posted October 29, 2009

My children attend this school on scholarship. Yes, many families are well to do, but I have never, ever felt that socio-econmic status matters. Great, kind, caring teachers and adminstrators. For my kids, it's the whole package!
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Posted March 31, 2009

This is an excellent school with caring brilliant teachers. The admission staff work VERY hard to place the right child and family into this small school and the balance here is wonderful. A truly exceptional environment.
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Posted July 31, 2008

I went to Brimmer and May for thirteen years (K-12). I got a fantastic education that got me into a top tier liberal arts college. The community at Brimmer cannot be matched. Its a place where the teachers truly care and every students grows to find their own niche. It is a small but wonderful school.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 28, 2008

This is a very small, mostly white, K-12 school near Boston, in the affluent suburb of Chestnut Hill. Judging from the cars in the morning drop-off line, most parents are upper-upper middle class. No Bentleys, but lots of Lexus SUVs. The atmosphere is kind and caring, kids seem happy, the quality of the education is good but not superb.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 68% 67%
Hispanic 9% 16%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 6%
Black 7% 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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