we can pioneer a curriculum in which academic challenge and happiness thrive side by side. We can ensure that Brearley educates daughters from families as varied and vibrant as New York itself. We can meaningfully expand our schoolhouse to match the academic power and enhance the well-being of our girls and teachers.


Brearley’s mission has long combined the highest academic rigor with an insistence on a larger purpose: a passionate exchange of ideas at school to prepare students to put their knowledge and habits of mind to meaningful use beyond.

In stewarding the continued excellence of a Brearley education, no group plays a larger role than our faculty. Teachers here have been known for giving students the gift of both friendship and of high expectations.

To secure the School’s legacy of exceptional pedagogy, we are emphasizing professional development and systematic curricular review to support our faculty as they continue to grow as scholars and teachers.

To support students as they pursue balance in their daily lives, we are also teaching social, emotional and leadership skills while cultivating greater inclusion and equity among our diverse community and fostering the values of courage, kindness, resilience and generosity.

You can support new educational programs and initiatives as well as the educators who develop and practice them through Annual Fund and endowment gifts.


Part of what makes Brearley special is that we educate talented girls with promise from all over the New York metropolitan region and from all backgrounds. Brearley prioritizes financial access and is a leader among peer schools in offering tuition assistance to low, middle and upper middle-income families.

We seek a community of students and families from all walks of life who bring a multiplicity of experiences, cultures and perspectives to Brearley. Our goal is for all students to flourish and embrace every opportunity the School offers—academic, social, athletic, artistic and in other extracurricular activities.

To enhance our recruitment pipeline in all boroughs, New Jersey and Long Island, we are collaborating with alumnae and expanding our outreach. We are also augmenting our communications to introduce our school to more families. To address other obstacles to attending the School, we have launched a Brooklyn bus and established ways for all families to save on expenses from in-house tutoring to afterschool programs and college visits.

You can help keep a Brearley education accessible and our community vibrant and thriving through gifts to the Annual Fund and the School’s endowment.

610 PLUS 590:

After more than 25 years of investigating options to address the space needs of Brearley’s remarkable and ever-evolving program,we began life as a campus school with two academic buildings in September 2019.  Thanks to the generous support of the community, Brearley opened a second schoolhouse at 590 East 83rd Street. Just steps away from our historic building at 610 East 83rd Street, 590 serves as home base for the Lower School and also features science laboratories for the older grades, a regulation-size gymnasium and a state-of-the-art performance hall.  

Brearley now aims to modernize 610 with a series of essential improvementsThe first key project will be the relocation of the Middle and Upper School library to the 10th floor. The substantial increase in square feet will provide optimal space for individual and group study, abundant adjustable shelving that will facilitate access to our sizable book and print collection, and a seminar room designated for class instruction.  Following completion of the library are longer-term projects including new Visual Arts Studios, an expanded Cafeteria and a restored Lobby. 

The renovations and upgrades to the building we have called home for the past 90+ years will ensure its sustainability for today’s and tomorrow’s Brearley’s girls. You can support our revitalized 1929-constructed schoolhouse to match Brearley’s ambitious program with a gift to the 610 Renovation Fund.  
The Brearley School
610 East 83rd Street
New York, NY 10028