Welcome to The Brearley School

Applicants often attribute their enthusiasm for Brearley to the spirited and intellectual engagement they observe firsthand on their campus tours, where meaningful interactions between classmates and dynamic teaching particularly resonate. We have designed a virtual admission process to empower families as they make important decisions about their child's education.

What We Hope Applicants Will Take Away From The Admission Process:

  • How your family might connect Brearley’s diverse community of scholars, artists, athletes, leaders, friends, and activists
  • How Brearley's many enriching programs lead students to develop lifelong academic and extracurricular passions
  • What it means to attend a “school for girls,” where students can see themselves reflected every day in a variety of leadership positions and classes
  • Where the breadth and depth of a Brearley student's educational journey might ultimately take them

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We Asked Current Students Why They Chose Brearley...

List of 8 items.

  • The Environment and Dedicated Teachers

    I loved the environment and a lot of the freedom the students seemed to have. I also appreciated how dedicated the teachers were to helping their students excel in endeavors within and outside of school.
  • The All-Girls Education and Reading List

    I had wanted to attend a girls school for a long time, and had been reading off of the Brearley reading list for some time as well.
  • The Combination of Rigor and Warmth

    It was a rigorous school but didn’t seem stuffy or upright. As I walked in I felt comfortable, and everyone was super welcoming and kind.
  • Great Opportunities and a Great "Vibe"

    I wanted a school with great academics and opportunities (to join clubs/sports/go on trips etc.), and really liked the people I met, as well as the overall "vibe" of the school - much more down to earth.
  • The Holistic Academic Program

    Brearley felt like the best fit for me. I loved the holistic academic program, the ease of involvement in clubs, and the supportive student body. I also loved how, despite the small grade sizes, there are still many different and interesting course options, especially in your upperclassman years.
  • The Intellectual Maturity of the Students

    My parents and I chose Brearley because on the Revisit Day we were amazed by the intellectual maturity and passion of the student panelists.
  • The Intentional and Personalized Recruitment Process

    I was excited to see students –– especially female identifying ones –– making cogent historical arguments, conducting legitimate research and reciting Shakespeare...It was clear that deep care was taken in making incoming students feel comfortable, and that bespoke a regard for every individual’s wellbeing that really stood out.
  • The Mission Statement

    I was captivated by the mission statement. It spoke to me in a way that the mission statement of no other independent school had, and my conviction was strengthened when I realized that Brearley truly does an excellent job of fulfilling that mission.
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