At A Glance

  • Year Established: 1880
  • Location: Chestnut Hill, MA
  • Type of School: Private HS. CO-ED
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  • Campus Size: 7 Acre
  • Grades: Pre K-12
  • Total Enrollment: 400
  • International Students Ratio: 17%
  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:6
  • Faculty with Advanced Degrees:79%
  • Average Class Size: 13
  • ESL Program: No
  • English Language Support: Yes
  • AP Classes: 14
  • Admission: TOEFL iBT+SSAT+Interview


Brimmer and May is a Pre-K to 12 coeducational day school that upholds high academic standards while implementing innovative ideas. We develop lifelong learners who are informed, engaged, and ethical citizens and leaders in our diverse world.

The Upper School program presents a challenging and engaging curriculum that balances specific course requirements with a wide range of electives to give students increasing choices as they prepare for post-secondary study. Overall, the Upper School program seeks to develop Brimmer and May School graduates who are “informed, engaged, and ethical citizens and leaders for the global community.” The academic program offers a wide range of opportunities for students including special diploma programs in creative arts, global studies, and STEAM as well as an Honors Program, Advanced Placement courses, and an international travel experiences. 


Graduation Requirement

English 4, Mathematics 3, History 3, Science 3, World Language 3, Creative Arts 2, Technology 1

AP Courses

Physics, Biology, Studio Art, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Music Theory, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, World History, French Language, Mandarin Language, Spanish Language

Signature Programs

STEAM, Scholars Society, Global Studies Diploma Program, Winterim, Honors Program, Community Service, Senior Thesis Defense, Senior Project, Bissell Grogan Humanities Symposium, Creative Arts Diploma Program

Outdoor Education Programs

Upper School Outdoor Education is a semester-long activity. The activity is offered during both the fall and spring seasons. Trips may focus on hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, fishing, skiing, snowshoeing, sea kayaking, or canoeing. 


Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball, Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Curling, Golf

Activities and Clubs

Activities may include Acoustic Music Club, American Sign Language Club, Community Service Club, Culture Club, The Maze (literary magazine), Model United Nations, Quiz Bowl, Science Fiction Club, and others. Students are encouraged to suggest activities that are educational in nature and seek a faculty advisor to advise the club (Clubs may be subject to change based on annual participation)

Where Our Graduates Go

Harvard University, New York University, Princeton University, Boston College, Babson College, Brown University, Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Bentley University, Berklee College of Music, Boston University, Indiana University, Syracuse University, Tufts University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Pratt Institute, Northeastern University, University of Wisconsin, Wellesley College, and more.