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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.