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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.

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.

The Fenn School
516 Monument St,
Concord, MA
(978) 369-5800

At The Fenn School, each boy knows that he has a meaningful place in a community that values and celebrates what makes boys “boys.”

Since 1929, Fenn has prepared boys for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and integrity by offering a challenging curriculum that honors diversity. To effectively teach boys in grades 4 through 9, we rely on current research for nurturing and educating the whole boy, and our talented faculty—whose vision, expertise, and practical insight guides boys during this transformative period in their lives.

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:

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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