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.

Chestnut Hill,Massachusetts,UNITED STATES
School Type 
Private Non-Religious School
School Size 
Medium (between 300~600 students)


Year Established 1880
Total Enrollment 374
College Matriculation 100%
Teacher to Student Ratio 1:6
International Students Ratio 7%
Teachers with Advanced Degree 77%
Gender Co-ed
AP Courses 12
Average Class Size 12
Average SAT Score Unavailable
Religious Affiliation Independent
Uniform Requirement No

Campus Features

  • 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
  • Brimmer and May Summer Program offerings include Brimmer and May Summer Camp, Gator Goals Soccer Academy, Eco Adventure Camp, and Global Explorers. See for details.


Interview Requirements 
Application Fee 
Application Description 
Application Deadline 
January, 2019
Space Available 
Grade 7
Grade 8
Grade 9
Grade 10
Grade 11
Grade 12

Admission Instructions

Any international applicants from China have to go through Vericant before being considered. We require the SSAT for all Upper School applicants. The Middle school students need an ISEE or SSAT. Students in grades 6-8 need to live with a family member.

Test Score Requirement

Above 80
Academic Strength 
Top 20%
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AP Courses 
  • Biology
  • Calculus
  • Chinese
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Science
  • French
  • Physics
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
Honor Courses  

Students in the high school may elect to take any of their major academic classes with honors distinction.

Special Programs  

Students who are nonnative English speakers may be placed in one of our English Language Support classes in place of a French, Spanish, or Mandarin class.

ESL Program Available

Student Activities

  • Cultural Club
  • Honor Society
  • Model United Nations
  • Musical Instruments
  • Robotics
  • Student Goverment
  • Volunteer
  • Year Book
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis


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Boston College 

Boston University (4) 

Brown University 

Bucknell University 

Case Western Reserve University 

Claremont McKenna College 

Clark University (2) 

Colgate University 

College of Wooster 

Colorado School of Mines 

Columbia College of Chicago 

Connecticut College (2) 

Curry College 

Davidson College 

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Denison University 

Drew University (2) 

Elon University 

Emmanuel College (2) 

Franklin and Marshall College 

George Washington University 

Georgia Tech 

Hampton University 

High Point University (2) 

Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2) 

Hope College 

Ithaca College 

Kansas State University (2) 

Kings College London 

Lehigh University (2) 

Maryland Institute College of Art 

Marymount Manhattan College 

McGill U (Canada) 

Miami University of Ohio 

Montclair State University 

Mount Holyoke College (2) 

New England College 

Northeastern University (4) 

Oregon State University 

Otterbein University 

Plymouth State University 

Point Park College 

Providence College 

Purdue University (2) 

Quinnipiac University 

Regis College 

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (4) 

Rhode Island College 

Roger Williams University (2) 

Salve Regina University 

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Simmons College 

Skidmore College (2) 

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St. Thomas University 

Suffolk University (2) 

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Wentworth Institute of Technology (2) 

Wheaton College (3) 

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Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill is an affluent New England village located six miles (10 km) west of downtown BostonMassachusettsUnited States. Like all Massachusetts villages, Chestnut Hill is not an incorporated municipalentity. Unlike most Massachusetts villages, it encompasses parts of three separate municipalities, each located in a different county: the town of Brookline in Norfolk County; the city of Boston in Suffolk County (parts of its neighborhoods of Brighton and West Roxbury), and the city of Newton in Middlesex County. Chestnut Hill's borders are roughly defined by the 02467 ZIP Code. Chestnut Hill is not a topographical designation; the name refers to several small hills that overlook the 135-acre (546,000 m2) Chestnut Hill Reservoir rather than one particular hill. Chestnut Hill is best known as the home of Boston College, part of the Boston Marathon route, as well as the Collegiate Gothic canvas of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.


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