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 Student Poets Share Their Works

    On Wednesday, April 9, Rachel Rose (IX) and Alexandra Rose Teplitz (IX) 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.

  • Brearley Senior and Other Intel Finalists Meet President Obama

    The 40 Intel Science Talent Search 2014 finalists recently met with President Obama. Brearley senior Sara Sakowitz is one of just 3 finalists from NYC and the only one from an independent school. Sara is pictured in the lower right corner of the group. The final judging is Tuesday, March 11 at 7:35. Watch a simulcast here. Congratulations to all the Intel finalists!

  • Two Alumnae Highlighted in NY Times Video: "City Musicians, Old and Young, Perform in a Global Concert"

    Brearley Sisters Beatrice Mathews Francais '55 and Louise Mathews Bozorth '61, members of the G-String Grannies String Quartet, are featured in a wonderful New York Times article and video about a recent global concert.

  • Four Upper School Girls Earn Honors and Qualify for National Math Competition

    This month, students on the Upper School Math team, along with the students in Algebra II/Precalculus, XI BC Calculus and XII BC Calculus entered the highly regarded American Math Contest Competition. Four of our girls scored in the top 1% nationally, earning them "Honors" and, qualifying them to take the AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Examination). Congratulations to all the Brearley students and to Christine Yang (IX), Summer Jing (X), Amy Lin (XI) and Rebecca Weng (XII) who qualified to take the AIME in March. Special thanks also to the math team coaches: Sian Zelbo (mom of Kira, IX), Debbie Glick and Martha Newport, who is pictured with the students. More information on the contest and high school programs of the Mathematical Association of America is available here.

  • Dazzling Winter 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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  • Brearley Plays Carnegie Hall

    On January 26, 2014, Brearley's Middle and Upper School Orchestras, under the direction of Mr. Aiken and Mr. Hall, performed for an appreciative audience of over 2600 people at Carnegie Hall. This concert, called A Festival Of Orchestras, was again organized by Brearley's cello teacher, Annabel Gordon. Ten ensembles from Collegiate, Saint David's, Rudolf Steiner, United Nations International School and Packer Collegiate also participated, giving over 500 middle and upper school students the opportunity to play on one of the world's most magnificent stages.

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