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The Advent School
15 Brimmer Street, Boston, MA 02108
Grades Pre-K through Sixth Grade 

Since 1961, The Advent School has provided an outstanding education grounded in the principles of social justice. At Advent, we believe that teaching children within a meaningful historical, cultural, or environmental context builds confident students who seek out connections within their learning experiences. Our faculty draws upon Boston’s vast resources: from various museums to the Freedom Trail, Advent students recognize the benefits of learning within the city. At Advent, learning is not confined to the classroom.

Located in the heart of Boston, children from Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade are actively engaged in mastering their skills. Our classrooms foster dialogue and encourage critical thinking across the subject areas of Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Science, History, and Geography. The Arts play a major role in our program, while technology is the vehicle through which students learn to research and represent their understanding.

With two highly skilled teachers in each classroom, we know our students well. Children work in small groups led by teachers whose focus is to deepen each student’s understanding. With a diverse population of students, each child brings their distinct heritage, direct experience, and talents to the learning environment. Our classrooms foster collaboration and children learn with and from one another.

The Bement School

94 Old Main Street, Deerfield, MA 01342

Kindergarten - 9th grade

The Bement School, founded in 1925 and located in historic Deerfield, MA, is a co-educational junior boarding and day school serving 220 students in kindergarten through grade 9. Boarding is offered for grades 3-9.  Bement's rich, secondary school preparatory curriculum motivates and challenges students with thematically coordinated courses, a renowned fine arts program, and competitive athletics. Guided by The Bement School mission, the school is committed to creating a diverse co-educational community of students, faculty, staff, administrators, and trustees representing a breadth of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, family structure, socio-economic status, and religious affiliation. The school seeks to provide an inclusive environment in which to foster mutual respect and understanding within our school and the world around us.

Brimmer and May School

69 Middlesex Rd., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

PreK – 12th grade

Brimmer and May, a coeducational, independent, nonsectarian, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve day school, in Chestnut Hill, has been cited as a “Model School” by The National Association of Independent Schools. A total of eight schools in the U.S. and abroad were so designated based on their ongoing efforts to successfully adopt seven Essential Capacities for the 21st Century.

A 21st Century Imperative—A Guide to Becoming a School of the Future, by NAIS, identified eight unifying themes that comprise ‘Essential Capacities for the 21st Century and which independent schools should work to adopt: Academically Demanding; Project-based Learning; Classrooms that Extend Beyond School Walls; Digital Technologies and a Global Perspective that Infuse the Program; Vibrant Arts Programs; Learning Communities; A Culture of Engagement and Support; and Transformational Leadership. The Report noted that Brimmer and May implements all of these Capacities.

The school recently launched a Global Studies Diploma Program. The new Honors Program offers students an intellectual extension to required class work. Pre-kindergartners learn French, and students may study French, Spanish, or Mandarin in later grades. Upper School students participate in Winterim, a study tour program. Students traveled to Belize, China, South Korea, Germany, Switzerland, and India in March. The Creative Arts Diploma Program provides students with the opportunity to delve more deeply into a chosen art form.

See or call 617-738-8695 for further information.

Cambridge Friends School
5 Cadbury Rd
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 354-388

Cambridge Friends School is a co-ed elementary and middle school (pre-K - grade 8) established in 1961 under the care of Friends Meeting at Cambridge, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

It is the mission of Cambridge Friends School to provide an outstanding education. Guided by Quaker principles, we engage students in meaningful academic learning within a caring community strongly committed to social justice. We expect all students to develop their intellectual, physical, creative, and spiritual potential and, through the example of their lives, to challenge oppression and to contribute to justice and understanding in the world.

As part of Cambridge Friends School's commitment to social justice, we are engaged in building an antiracist, antihomophobic community, and we actively seek students and staff from a diverse range of family structures and racial, cultural, socioeconomic, and religious backgrounds. Our community tries to go beyond mere tolerance to more deeply address issues of bias and privilege.

Charles River School
6 Old Meadow Rd
Dover, MA 02030

CHARLES RIVER SCHOOL provides a dynamic and challenging academic, arts and athletic program to students in grades PreK through 8. For more than 100 years, we have pioneered an education that nurtures and challenges the whole child.

At CRS, we value children as individuals. Classes are small, learning is personalized and teachers are dynamic and accessible. Through our co-teaching model, each classroom has two dedicated, full-time teachers; this model enables us to challenge each individual child appropriately.

Through thematic study, students engage in in-depth experiences that fuel their enthusiasm for learning. Stimulated by an experiential, hands-on curriculum, students explore concepts, take risks and discover connections.

Our students graduate with confidence, strong academic and problem-solving skills, and an understanding of our diverse world; they are prepared to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Founded in 1911, CRS is located in Dover, MA. With approximately 175 students, CRS has a student/teacher ratio of 5:1. Our average class size is 18 – 24 students, and the average instructional group size is 10 – 11 students. CRS offers a range of fall, winter and spring athletics. We are accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE), and are a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

“CRS has been a wonderful school for our family since our oldest son started nine years ago. We have found that it is truly a HAPPY, ENERGETIC, ENGAGING, INCLUSIVE community in which our children have thrived. The school emphasizes being a good ambassador or citizen, and has instilled a love of learning and curiosity in our kids that we feel is unique to CRS, and that we know will be carried with them throughout their next experience in high school and beyond.” – CRS Parent

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The Chestnut Hill School
428 Hammond St.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

The Chestnut Hill School is pleased to welcome Tamara Schurdak as our new Head of School effective July 1, 2017. We are delighted about the talent, energy, and vision that Tamara will bring to CHS. During a national search process, Tamara’s warmth and intelligence were evident to everyone, and her leadership experience makes her uniquely qualified for the responsibilities of Head of School. Excited for this next chapter in their lives, Tamara joins the CHS community with her partner, Anne Gunning, who after several years away from Red Sox Nation, is looking forward to returning to her home state of Massachusetts.

The Chestnut Hill School an independent, co-educational for children in Beginners (age 3) to 6th grade. Our mission to educate children is deeply rooted in a commitment to academic excellence, diversity, and community. Our goal is to develop skills, both academic and non-academic, to encourage individuality, to spur creativity, and to cultivate leadership in our students.

For more information about The Chestnut Hill School visit us on our website at, or call 617.566.4394.

Lander-Grinspoon Academy
257 Prospect Street
Northampton, MA 01060


Kindergarten - 6th grade

LANDER-GRINSPOON ACADEMY is committed to the intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual development of our students. We welcome children from diverse Jewish traditions and backgrounds, including those from mixed faith and non-practicing families. Our emphasis on community, culture, second language acquisition and social justice encourages our students to become independent thinkers, as well as caring and responsible citizens of the world.

The Montessori School of Northampton
51 Bates St., Northampton, MA 01060
Preschool - 6th grade

Founded in 1976, the Montessori School of Northampton is located in the highly-populated-with-lesbians community of Northampton. Students also come from surrounding towns such as Amherst, Hatfield, Easthampton, Hadley, and Hilltowns. The school has a beautiful facility including a well-equipped playground and a garden. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, ethnic origin, disability and sexual orientation.

The school is dedicated to, but not limited by, the innovative ideas of educator, Maria Montessori. Classes for ages 3 to 6 are known as "Children's Houses" and children are free to move about and choose their own materials and activities. Learning materials include sensory-motor, practical life, language arts, art, music, movement, and nature study. Montessori elementary level classrooms permit a varied pace and children may work as long as needed on one project. Language, literacy skills, math, geography, cultural studies, botany, zoology, the physical sciences, the arts, gym and Spanish are introduced to elementary level students ages 6 to 12.

Scholarship funds are available and DSS day care vouchers and Community Partnership Grants are accepted. The school also accepts special-needs children. Contact Susan Swift, Head of School at (413) 586-4538 or email:

Odyssey Day School

11 Paul Ave., Wakefield, MA 01880

781 245- 6050

Infant- 8th grade 

Odyssey Day School empowers children to be out-of-the-box thinkers through experiential, theme-based education that breaks the traditional mold and guides children as they embark on a life-long educational journey to discover who they are and who they have the potential to become.

The moment your child enters the doors of Odyssey Day School he or she embarks on an educational journey. Much like the legendary hero, Odysseus, from whose story we take our name, your child will voyage to new places, meet new people, and learn much about themselves and the world around them.

At Odyssey, we focus on the whole child with theme-based education that empowers our students to become active, engaged, excited, life-long learners. During their time with us, students are equipped with all the tools they need to establish their own goals and are challenged to meet and exceed those goals through experiential, hands-on learning.

Our progressive approach to learning focuses on practical, tangible knowledge that goes far beyond books and worksheets, empowering students to take what they learn in the classroom, apply it to their everyday lives, and ultimately, become socially and globally aware citizens.

The educational journey at Odyssey is different from the experience at many other schools. We know all children are unique, and we work to help them succeed at their own pace in a nurturing environment that also challenges them to do more than they thought possible. We invite students at Odyssey to discover what makes them unique and what excites them about learning.

Quite simply, we love your children. Whether an infant or an eighth grader, we want them to have fun and we want them to love learning. Our teachers know that their job is not to just give information, but to fan the spark of curiosity in the heart and mind of each child.

We know that your child will love learning here. We look forward to meeting you and exploring what your child’s educational odyssey could be.

The Rashi School
8000 Great Meadow Road
Dedham, MA 02026

As the world becomes increasingly interconnected, success depends on collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and problem solving. At The Rashi School, education is forward-thinking, keeping pace with innovations in research and practice on how children learn and emphasizing the skills students will need to be successful in the world they are inheriting.

The school’s integrated curriculum weaves Jewish Studies— including social justice, which is uniquely emphasized at Rashi —seamlessly into the secular curriculum. This interdisciplinary approach helps students discover connections between one subject and another, between themselves and the community, and between their community and the world at large.

At Rashi, the Boston area’s Reform Jewish independent school, students in kindergarten through grade 8 learn in an atmosphere infused with an appreciation for, and love of, a life informed by Jewish values. The school shares a 162-acre wooded campus with Hebrew SeniorLife’s NewBridge community, enriching the student experience with multigenerational friendships and perspectives.

The Rashi School graduates accomplished and engaged students who have a strong sense of self and Jewish identity and who understand their obligation to make a difference in the world.

Shore Country Day School
545 Cabot Street,
Beverly, MA 01915
(978) 927-1700

At Shore Country Day School, extraordinary teachers and a transformative approach inspire children for the rest of their lives. Deeply grounded in the liberal arts, and enhanced by curriculum-wide emphasis on inquiry and creative expression, Shore's rich program and caring community help each child find their spark. Shore faculty members are recognized by parents year after year for their ability to engage every learner in adventurous education; they are proud to see themselves as guides and coaches placing students of every age at the center of their own learning. But the Shore education emphasizes emotional growth and social responsibility just as much as academic achievement. Recess, physical education, and team sports are core to Shore's program, and the school's Community Code exemplifies a deeply felt dedication to the well-being of the whole child. Inside the Center for Creativity, robust offerings in studio arts, music, drama, design, and engineering prepare students to thrive in a changing world that values flexible, agile thinking which crosses old boundaries with ease. Shore's stunning Innovation Lab is a model that top schools come to study, and its renowned outdoor education program—from day trips in Pre-K to week-long expeditions in Grade 9—is the most extensive in the region. Whether inspired by a caring teacher or coach, inspiring an audience through the arts, or finding inspiration in a risk taken or river crossed, students at Shore discover the excitement of experiencing the world with curiosity, compassion, and courage.



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