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PK-8|Private
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The Brown School has been a wonderful choice for our 4th grade daughter. Brown School is unique private school where the administration and teachers understand that all children learn in different ways. The curriculum emphasizes individualized learning to develop the strengths of each student. The IGNITE program is a unique program that helps each child to set individualized goals, both academic and social, and supports them in reaching their goals. It supports both children who need extra help by providing valuable resources, as well as those who want to excel in an area of interest, such as art, music or theatre. The Head of the school truly cares about each student and family and creates a genuine welcoming environment that encourages enthusiasm and life-long learning. We could not imagine sending our daughter to school anywhere else.

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Brown school is a safe, wonderful place for education. We are so blessed to have this school within our community. Children are challenged academically, and nurtured to grow the direction they are meant to reach full potential. Incredible art program with talent! The teachers are excellent, engaged, and very approachable. One of the only schools in the country to teach the Mind Up program, this passes on much needed skills to our children we are raising to become competent adults. This emotional intelligence program includes empathy, compassion for self and others, with mindfulness of self and others. We currently have a 2nd, 4th, and 8th grader. The 8th grader has been there since 1st grade, we now feel we know the school very well. Our children love school, and we love it too!




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Brown school is a safe, wonderful place for education. We are so blessed to have this school within our community. Children are challenged academically, and nurtured to grow the direction they are meant to reach full potential. The teachers are excellent, engaged, and very approachable. One of the only schools in the country to teach the Mind Up program, this passes on much needed skills to our children we are raising to become competent adults. This emotional intelligence program includes empathy, compassion for self and others, with mindfulness of self and others. We currently have a 2nd, 4th, and 8th grader. The 8th grader has been there since 1st grade, we now feel we know the school very well. Our children love school, and we love it too!



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Our family is so excited to be provided an opportunity to continue the in-depth education and individual support that has been provided to my son during his education here (Brown High School is opening in the Fall of 2017 with a 9th grade). Brown School not only has strong academics, but places focus on hands- on learning and teaches students about collaboration and working together. In addition, they provide a mindful education that incorporates giving back to the community and developing empathy for others. It is a vibrant learning community that will now prepare students for college and beyond. Highly recommend Brown School!!!



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Brown School has been an excellent choice for our two children. The teachers are incredibly dedicated, knowledgeable and flexible about accommodating a wide variety of learning styles, and clearly love their work. Their joy and positive attitude permeates the culture of the school. The administrative infrastructure of the school is professional yet personable. And last, but certainly not least, the school's generous financial aid has made it a feasible choice for our family.




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We initially enrolled our three kids in Brown as it had an all-day nursery/pre-school program; we intended to leave once they reached school-age. We stayed, and there are several reasons we decided that Brown was a worthwhile investment. First of all, all of the children and staff seem to truly love the school and care about each other; there is very much a sense of pride and a sense of community. Older children are matched with younger children in a “buddy” program, classes collaborate on projects and activities, parents are engaged, teachers are passionate, creative and caring. Additionally, class sizes are small and learning is very individualized. Our children have different strengths and they receive a significant amount of individual attention that has allowed each to work at his or her own ability level. Furthermore, we are very impressed with the academics offered. There is a lot of focus on making learning fun, and on decreasing/managing pressure and stress, while holding children to high standards and providing the building blocks to meet those standards. Brown does not participate in extensive testing but does stay on top of educational trends (eg: “common core”) and from all accounts I have heard, Brown “alumni” have excelled when arriving in high school or transferring to other districts. While “traditional” academics are strong, significant attention is given to other critical areas - arts, music, mindfulness, compassion, community engagement. It is a “whole person" learning experience. Our children are excited everyday to go to school and we thrilled with the education they are receiving.



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So why did we choose Brown? We wanted a genuine, authentic environment that fostered a love for learning, without gimmicks. My son is not just a name, or an attitude, or a grade. He’s a boy going in and out of developmental phases, with various things going on in his life at home. And they get that, and embrace it. Kids and teachers walk the halls with smiles on their faces. What impressed me (and still does) is how the older kids and younger children interact with such respect towards each other. It is a community of kindness and compassion in a world that can be anything but. I am so glad for Brown’s PreK-Grade 8 spectrum which gives young students opportunities to see what’s ahead, and lets the older ones guide those who are up and coming. Should you be concerned that Brown is all about environment, and not content, let it be known that the kids who come out of Brown are routinely placed in AP high school classes. The academics are challenging, for sure. There are so many bright kids at Brown who will knock your socks off when they open their mouths to talk. I am also really impressed by all the hands-on classwork they do. Lectures, note taking and exams are NOT the model here (thank goodness!) There is lots of collaboration, discussion and action! The lack of standardized testing for the young children allows Brown teachers to go beyond worksheets, and into hands-on exploration of both academic subjects and the arts. Yes, the arts! The interior hallways of Brown are covered from floor to ceiling in the student’s colorful artwork. My husband, who is an art professor, noted that many of the 8th graders in Brown are more skilled than his college freshman. Music and drama are also given the same kind of attention which is such a treat when most schools have cut them entirely. As a parent of an energetic child, I am happy to report that he comes home not just academically and emotionally satisfied, but physically content as well. There is plenty of recess, physical education, and music/movement time. Even within the classroom, he is not expected to sit at a desk all day long. For those who are kinetic learners, students can sit on yoga balls in lieu of chairs. What a relief to know that he wouldn’t be labeled as a hyper child because he needs to move, and instead is accepted for what he is: an active, healthy boy.



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From the moment I met with school personnel about a mid-year transfer for my two children out of the public school system I could tell I had entered a school unlike any other. Brown School is simply outstanding in every way. The extraordinarily professional staff is highly motivated to do what is in the best interest of every single child. Brown School offers developmentally appropriate education for all of students with small class sizes, nearly more curriculum hours than any other school in the Capital District, the individualized learning experience of the I.G.N.I.T.E. program, MindUp, a research-based curriculum that uses the latest information about the brain to dramatically improve behavior and learning for all students, a strong arts program, open communication, and holistic assessment of student performance. Most importantly, however, everyone - students, staff, and parents - at Brown is genuinely thrilled to be there. Beautiful student artwork adorns the hallways, smiles abound, and academic achievement appears to happen seamlessly. My children are excited to go to school each and every day. My family simply holds Brown School in the highest regard.




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When my husband and I decided that we needed a change from our public school s increasing class size, decreasing budgets, and almost complete reliance on then test, test, test model of education, we toured many private schools. And while many private schools offer small class size and families who value education, we found that Brown School offered something that no one else did: a learning environment that truly educates the whole child, and teaches them to be confident and independent thinkers. Brown accomplishes this with dedicated and caring teachers, who go above and beyond to provide a creative, project-based, hands-on curriculum where children thrive. Brown offers diversity, in both the student population and in educational opportunities. Brown School employs a reading and a math specialist, to offer additional support to children who might need it. They also have, on staff, a teacher certified in gifted education who, working in partnership with the classroom teacher and the student, develops personal and scholastic goals for each student a truly personalized and customized education based on a child s individual strengths and weaknesses.



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My kids love learning at Brown! The programs, class lessons, special classes, and extra curricular activities are amazing. In addition to art, music, P.E., computer, Spanish, and library classes, my Kindergartener will be taking a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) class twice a week. For my middle school children, I am constantly amazed at the depth and diversity of their curricula their favorites: art, technology, guitar, science, history of rock n roll (an elective) as well as the after-school activities available to them.

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