Middle School Activities are optional and are scheduled on a trimester basis. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and/or try something new. All Class VII students are required to participate in the VII Gilbert & Sullivan Rehearsals on Mondays at 3:20 pm All Class VIII students are required to work on the VIII Carnival planning and activities on Monday afternoons.

Fall Trimester 2019

9/16/19 – 11/26/19

Middle School Activities are optional and are scheduled on a trimester basis. Students are encouraged to pursue their interests and/or try something new. To sign up, please complete the registration form online by Tuesday September 3, 2019.
(Middle School newspaper)

Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Join the staff of The Blue Skirt and create an exciting, lively newspaper. Report stories, conduct interviews, take photographs, draw cartoons, invent puzzles. Get a taste of the thrill of the newsroom and see your name in print!
(Maximum of 8 Students)

Mondays 3:00-4:00 p.m. or Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Carpentry offers an opportunity to work and think in three dimensions. Design and construct your own projects using basic woodworking techniques while working with hand and power tools. Projects are limited only by your imagination, so bring your ideas!
(Maximum of 9 Students per class)

Mondays 3:00-4:00, Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 p.m. or Fridays 3:00-3:30 p.m. 
Students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of hand-building techniques including pinching, slab and coils, in addition to learning basic wheel skills to create cups, bowls, plates, vases, boxes and more. They will paint and glaze pieces, as they learn different methods of decoration. There will be teacher-directed projects, or students may choose to work independently. All pottery will be fired and may be used in real life.
(Maximum 12 students)
Wednesdays 3:00-4:00 pm
Explore 3D printing in Brearley's new "Idea Kitchen" - where we will learn how to cook up plastic objects of our own design - think toys, jewelry, fidget spinners! - by writing simple computer programs in a language that is a lot like SCRATCH. Open to all levels, no previous experience necessary.
Mondays,Tuesdays, Wednesdays and/ or Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Need a nice, quiet space to work on your homework before going home? Would you like to have someone to ask quick questions? For a supervised study hall with computers right after school, join the Homework Club.
Beginning & Intermediate
Tuesday, 3:00-4:00 p.m. 
Learn to use the camera, and through experimentation with technical and artistic concepts, explore the challenges of photographic composition. Make your own photographic prints in the Darkroom. (Cameras Provided).
Tuesday, 3:00-4:00pm 

Similar to the TV show, in Nailed It! we will take a crack at recreating items we find and use. Maybe a music box, pinball machine, animated toy, or some other thing that catches our fancy! We’ll attempt to reverse engineer an object in order to construct or improve the original design.
(6 students max.)

Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
Create fun projects while learning how to use a sewing and/or an embroidery machine. Topics will include: sewing and finishing seams, experimenting with the machine’s built-in stitches, creating basic patterns, methods for working with different fabrics, beginning quilting with piecing, embellishment with machine embroidery, LEDs, beads, and appliqué. Embellishment options include coding your own embroidery design using a block-based app similar to Scratch or learning how to incorporate basic electronics in your fibre creations. Beginning sewists will be provided with a choice of guided projects; experienced sewists can propose their own ideas.
(VI only)

Tuesdays 3:00–4:00 p.m.
This activity will give students in grade VI a unique opportunity to hone their improvisational skills through games, exercises, and other forms of creative play. Students in Improv 101 will work on collaborating, creating physicality, and exploring character. The course will culminate in the students writing short original pieces. Practicing improv is one of the most fun and productive ways for young students to build a strong theatrical foundation.
Wednesdays 3:15–5:15 p.m. 
An opportunity for Middle School students to draw from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collections with alternating members of the Art Department. 
Occasional Printmaking based on Drawing at the Met sketches will be offered in the Art Department, 7A, 3-5:00. Participants will receive calendar after sign up.
On Met days: Students meet in lobby and taken to the museum by taxi. Parent pick up @ the museum’s 5th Ave staircase at 5:15.

(10 Students Maximum Grades VI-VIII) 
Mondays 3:00–4:00 p.m. 
The Creative Writing Circle brings together Middle School writers (Grades VI - VIII) who are passionate about composing original poetry and fiction. We respond to imaginative writing prompts, study good models of writing, and share our work for one another's constructive comment.

(10 Students Maximum) 
Thursdays 3:00–4:00 p.m. 
Explore digital photography, photo journalism, and photoshop. Create content for the Brearley social media platforms and report on the various happenings of the school. Bring your own camera or smart phone or use a school camera. All levels welcomed. 


Mondays 3:15–5:00 p.m. (Class VIII only)
VIII Drama is an exciting capstone experience to the Middle School Drama Program. Through improv games, writing exercises, and ensemble work, the VIII Drama company devises an original script. Past productions have included scenes, monologues, songs, raps, dances, skits, and poetry. The ensemble performs their piece for the middle school in December, the week before winter break.


(7 students maximum)
Tuesdays from 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm at 80th Street Residence (Class VII/VIII only)
The Sweet Readers programs are comprised of six weekly one-hour sessions during which one Brearley student and one Browning student partner with a senior citizen to explore and create art, music, poetry and movement in an intimate group setting. The Sweet Readers Method gives students a box of tools such as basic science knowledge, human engagement training, an arts based curricula facilitated by a trained Brearley faculty member.  


(8 students maximum)
Tuesdays or Thursdays from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Class V/VI only)
Chess club is an after school activity for students in V/VI to further develop their chess skills while also serving as mentors and assistant club facilitators for the Lower School Chess students.


Orchestra meets at 7:30am on Day 5, and it meets during a 50-minute orchestra block (2:10-3) on Day 3 for V/VI and Day 5 for VII/VIII
The Middle School Orchestra, directed by Mr. Aiken, welcomes woodwinds, strings, brass and percussion players who enjoy making music with their peers. These student musicians receive instruction in sectionals and rehearsals by Brearley's Instrumental Faculty, who assist at each of the group's three weekly practice sessions.The repertory ranges from classical to Jazz and popular selections. Several times a year, the Middle School Orchestra performs at Brearley in both assemblies and orchestral concerts. Since 2008, The Middle School Orchestra has also participated four times in the triennial event, A Festival of Orchestras, at Carnegie Hall.


Singers meets on Day 4 during the CFS (Clubs, Float, Study) block. In addition, one 40-minute after school rehearsal per week is required and can be chosen from Tuesday (3:00 - 3:40); Wednesday (3:00 - 3:40) or Friday (3:00 - 3:40).
Middle School Singers is a wonderful chorus open to all students in grades V - VIII. Middle School Singers explores and performs a diverse body of choral music, including Renaissance; Classical; modern pop; Broadway; gospel, and including choral music and vocal traditions from all over the world. Singers performs often at major Brearley events and outside of school at The Interschool Choral Festival. Rehearsals are joyful, relaxed, and fun.


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

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