THE BREARLEY SCHOOLwhich draws from all five boroughs of New York City and beyond, is the center of extraordinary intellectual energy and exuberance. Under the close guidance of devoted faculty, girls in grades K–XII develop the habits of mind and the courage and character to determine who they will be and what they will accomplish.  

  • Brearley Students Honored with Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

    Three Brearley students, two in Class VIII and one in Class XII, have been recognized with national Silver Medals in the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and will be honored along with the other national winners at a reception at Carnegie Hall. Lily Davis, VIII, (center) won her medal for a short story, "The Larks," about a college student who returns home to celebrate Thanksgiving with her family in Maine. As Lily says, "Past Scholastic winners include writers I really admire, and the award has really encouraged me to keep writing." Lauren Lam, VIII, (right) was honored in the Ceramics and Glass category for" Starry Night," a piece of art for which she was inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Her love of art, she says, was nurtured at Brearley. "I always liked art," she says, but it was this year that it turned into a real passion." Eleanor Broughton, XII, was recognized with two national Silver Medals for her poems. She says that she feels "very lucky to have had so many opportunities to explore literature at Brearley, both in the curriculum, her senior spring project and in the Creative Writing Club."

    In addition to their interest in writing and the arts, the three students are active in many areas. Lily is a member of the varsity gymnastics team and has been co-head of Middle School Self Government in 2014-2015; Lauren is a member of the Middle School Basketball team and loves history and math; among her many activities, Eleanor is a member of the Upper School Jazz band and the B-Naturals, Brearley's a cappella singing group.

  • Class I Technology for the Birds

    Students in Class I are studying birds and using technology to enhance this experience. The girls use bird apps on the three iPad minis in the Science classroom to find facts about specific birds and to hear bird calls and songs.

    They are also participating as citizen scientists in the Celebrate Urban Birds project run by the Cornell Ornithology Lab. The girls traveled to Carl Schurz Park, measured out an observation area and spent 10 minutes recording which species of birds visited this area. They entered their data online and can see their results, as well as where other participants are seeing these same birds across the country. It's exciting to have student data included in a study that will help scientists learn about how birds use urban area. http://celebrateurbanbirds.org

  • A Brearley-Collegiate Tradition: Upper School Service Day

    This spring, Upper School students from Brearley and Collegiate participated in the 6th annual Upper School Service Day. Regular classes were suspended for the entire day to allow students from both schools to work together with different organizations on community service projects throughout New York City. “The organizations are always thrilled to have Brearley girls volunteer because they are respectful, hardworking and caring,” explains Stacey Duchak, Community Service Coordinator. “The girls prove time and again how dedicated they are to making our community a better place.”

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  • Alumna Wins Harvard Business School New Ventures Prize

    Congratulations to Kristin Kagetsu '08, MIT ’12 (right) who, with Amrita Saigal, also a MIT-trained mechanical engineer, just won the Harvard Business School New Ventures Competition's Grand Prize, worth $50,000 in grant money and the audience choice award, worth an additional $2000. Their company, Saathi (http://saathipads.com/), is a social enterprise startup that aims to provide low-cost sanitary napkins and jobs to women in rural India. Kristin is an engineer at Oracle. As a student at Brearley, Kristin was the captain of Brearley’s robotics team, leading them into the National Championship competition in Atlanta during her senior year.

  • Brearley Student Poets Share Their Works

    Rachel Rose (IX) and Alexandra Rose Teplitz (IX) recently participated in a poetry reading featuring New York City Student Poets. The poetry reading, sponsored by The Academy for Teachers and Poets House, was the culmination of a collaboration among seventeen teachers who had been selected to participate in a Master Class led by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith. Twenty-eight students read their original work at Poets House, a national poetry library and literary center. The student poets, who ranged in age from 6 to 17, hailed from public and independent schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

  • Dazzling Musical at Brearley Also a Fundraiser for Love Heals

    Rent, the gritty rock musical that played on Broadway for twelve years was this year’s winter musical production at Brearley. It is based on Puccini’s La Boheme and tells the story of struggling artists and musicians on the Lower East Side during the AIDS epidemic.

    The Drama Department’s Tim Brownell, who directed, says that he chose Rent because it’s “ground-breaking, important and immediate and a challenge to the students.” Before presenting the musical, the Drama department held an assembly to provide students with historical background on the show. The assembly featured a guest speaker from Love Heals, an organization dedicated to empowering young people in the fight against HIV. The speaker shared his story of living with HIV, experiencing the East Village of NYC in the early 1990s and how his community was affected by the AIDS epidemic. He is an AIDS awareness educator specifically trained to talk to younger students of the middle school age.

    Following the assembly, the cast and crew of Rent voted to raise money at their performances on behalf of the organization. They made a speech while singing "Seasons of Love" during the curtain call, sold show posters and handed out red ribbons, and within three days raised $1098.00 in support of Love Heals' work.

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