Brearley’s physical layout supports students’ intellectual, artistic, social and physical activity in each of the three divisions. With indoor and outdoor athletic facilities in the neighborhood and its setting overlooking the East River, the School has the feel of a campus in close proximity to the artistic, cultural and other resources of New York City. In the twelve-story main building, the academic home for all students, homerooms are grouped in different parts of the building, the ages of students rising with the floors; classrooms and academic offices are situated throughout. Classrooms are structured around seminar circles of desks or tables; many are equipped with SmartBoards, laptops, wireless access and other technology.
Faculty, staff and girls of all ages come together throughout the year in the School’s common areas: The Assembly Hall is the frequent scene of theater productions, lectures, concerts and community gatherings. Younger students have lunch with their teachers in the Common Room, while Middle and Upper School students, faculty and staff enjoy breakfast, lunch and snacks in the cafeteria. Students and teachers also make daily use of Brearley’s two libraries, with a combined collection of 26,000 volumes, dozens of print and online subscriptions, musical recordings, audio books and film collection.
- Brearley’s “art floor” features rooms for painting, drawing and sculpture, along with a ceramics room and a photography lab and darkroom. The science rooms make use of recycled materials and energy-saving systems, and students use a range of electronic tools to explore topics in biology, chemistry and physics—and even design and build their own robots, among other projects, in the advanced projects room. There is also a special science room on one of the Lower School floors.