We Believe in the Power of Girls’ Intellect

We celebrate and cultivate that power and enable girls to grow into their authentic selves.
We believe intellectually adventurous, socially engaged girls are our best hope for the future.


Our Statement of Beliefs

The Brearley School challenges girls of adventurous intellect and diverse backgrounds to think critically and creatively and prepares them for principled engagement in the world.
Guided by a dedicated community of adults, students develop a command of many disciplines, a love of learning and a resilient and generous spirit. The bond among students and with their teachers is rooted in a passionate exchange of ideas and an appreciation for the unique and lively contributions of each individual.
A Brearley education unfolds over a lifetime. The School instills in its alumnae the confidence to pursue their ambitions and the wisdom to live balanced and purposeful lives.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees, June 2016

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Brearley School believes that diversity of thought, practice and identity are essential elements in preparing students for principled engagement in the world. We believe in the importance of establishing and strengthening the structures and practices necessary to achieve equitable representation and participation in our school. We are committed to putting these beliefs into action and are therefore engaged in continuous study, self-reflection and dialogue in order to improve and adapt as we learn.
We embrace the opportunities and challenges of learning and working in a diverse environment characterized by respect and consideration for the needs of others. In partnership with faculty, staff, students, families and alumnae, we are endeavoring to instill and sustain shared values that promote a welcoming, inclusive and affirming community. 

The Brearley School condemns racism in the strongest possible terms and is committed to building an antiracist community. This work requires active introspection, self-awareness and the determination to make conscious and consistently equitable choices on a daily basis. We expect teachers, staff members, students and parents to participate in antiracist training and to pursue meaningful change through deliberate and measurable actions. These actions include identifying and eliminating policies, practices and beliefs that uphold racial inequality in our community.




I know where I really stand, and I attribute that conviction to my years at Brearley where it went beyond that we didn’t have to compare ourselves to boys.... Leticia's story continues



The Brearley School Challenges Girls of Adventurous Intellect and Diverse Backgrounds to Think Critically and Creatively and Prepares Them for Principled Engagement with the World

Director Diane Paulus '84 photo copyright Susan Lapides 2012



When you go to Brearley, you are given this incredible gift, this empowerment to speak up and express yourself ... Read Diane's full story.


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The Brearley School is a K-XII independent day school for girls in New York City. Empowering girls of adventurous intellect to think critically and creatively.
610 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582 

590 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028
(212) 744-8582