Brearley School

Brearley School

Infobox Secondary school
name = The Brearley School
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motto = By Truth and Toil
established = 1884
city = New York City
state = NY
province =
country = USA
campus =
type = Private Girls' School
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dean =
founder = Samuel Brearley
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head_label = Headmistress
head = Dr. Stephanie J. Hull
faculty = 110
students = 670
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grades =K-12
address = 610 East 83rd Street
district =N/A
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mascot = Beaver
colors = Maroon and White
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newspaper = "The Zephyr"
yearbook =
free_label_1 = Literary Magazine
free_1 = "The Beaver"
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website = [ The Brearley School]
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The Brearley School is an all-girls' private school in New York City, USA. It is located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. The school is divided into the Lower School (K-4), Middle School (5-8) and Upper School (9-12). There are approximately 670 students enrolled in grades K-12, with about fifty students in a class.

Brearley, despite its relative youth, is considered the sister school of the The Collegiate School, the nation's oldest independent school. The School is a member of the New York Interschool.

History [ [ The Brearley School: About Brearley » Our History ] ]

Samuel A. Brearley founded The Brearley School in 1884, and he remained the head of school until 1886 when he died of typhoid. James G. Croswell would be the next head until his death in 1915. Since 1926, Brearley has been headed by women, firstly Millicent Carey McIntosh, following Jean Fair Mitchell, Evelyn J. Halpert, and Dr. Priscilla M. Winn Barlow. The current head is Dr. Stephanie J. Hull, and has been since 2003.

In the early 1900s, The Brearley School outgrew its original quarters on East 45th Street, firstly moving to West 44th Street and then in 1912 to Park Avenue and 61st Street, where the primary program was added. The School comminsioned a new building in 1929 on East 83rd Street. During the eighty years at that location Brearley has expanded its art and sciences facilities, library, and added two stories to the building. The Brearley School in the early 2000s built a Field House on East 87th Street containing regulation-sized basketball and volleyball courts and other facilities.


The Brearley School curriculum is based on the liberal arts. The School's low 6:1 student-to-faculty ratio helps the Brearley teachers be fully attentive to their students. [ [ The Brearley School: Academics » Academic Life ] ] There are no classes specifically at “honors” or “AP” level, as the regular classes prepare students for a broad range of Advanced Placement examinations. [ [ The Brearley School: Academics » Upper School ] ]

Languages offered at Brearley are Greek, Latin, French, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. In the fall of 2004, the School piloted a new program that incorporated the use of iPods in language classes, allowing students to download portable audio lessons. [ [ Apple - Education - The Brearley School, pg.1 ] ] The Brearley School offers art, music, and drama classes, based on their own "art floor". []

Students of the Brearley School have access to two large computer labs—one serving the Lower School, the other the Middle and Upper Schools. In addition, there are three smaller computer workrooms, as well as the science projects room and laptops for use in the library and classrooms. [ [ The Brearley School: Student Life » Facilities ] ]

The School's median SAT scores were 727 critical reading and 690 mathematics [ [ The Brearley School- School Overview ] ] . Brearley is considered one of the most prestigious schools for girls in the United States. [ [ Brearley School Selects a New Head - New York Times ] ] [ [ Stephanie Hull to Head New York's Brearley School ] ]

College rankings and attendance

Brearley ranked #2 by the Wall Street Journal of students matriculating to eight national universities and liberal arts colleges (Chicago, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Pomona, Princeton, Swarthmore, and Williams) cite web|url=|title=How the Schools Stack Up|publisher="The Wall Street Journal"|date=2007-12-28|author=Staff writer|accessdate=2008-07-25] and ranked #2 by "Worth" Magazine in sending students to Harvard, Yale, or Princeton [] .

"'Top Ten Attended Colleges and Universities (2003-2007) [ [ The Brearley School: About Brearley » At A Glance ] ]
*1. Yale University (21)
*2. Harvard University (20)
*3. Princeton University (13)
*4. Columbia University (10)
*5. Cornell University(8)
*6. University of Chicago(8)
*7. University of Pennsylvania(8)
*8. Brown University (7)
*9. Dartmouth College (6)
*10. Macalester College (6)

ports facilities

A separate building, the "Field House" on East 87th Street, has facilities for physical education and athletics including track, soccer, basketball, tennis, badminton, volleyball, swimming, gymnastics, cross country, squash, lacrosse and field hockey. In 2005, both Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Cross Country won State Championships.Brearley's Junior Varsity Volleyball team remained undefeated throughout its season, and won its tournament in 2007. Brearley's Varsity Cross Country team won the New York State Championship again in the fall of 2006, and again in the fall of 2007.

Brearley's school/team colors are Maroon and White.

Clubs and committees and CIOs (Common Interest Organizations)

* Student Government
* Athletics Association
* Diversity Committee
* Service Committee
* Brearley Environmental Action Committee (BEAC)
* The Zephyr (Newspaper)
* The Beaver (Literary Magazine)
* Yearbook
* Model Congress
* Model United Nations
* Bridges to Learning (community outreach service club)
* Asian Awareness
* Business and Financial Awareness (BFA)
* Flash (Photography club)
* RADAR (Religious Awareness Diversity And Respect)
* Robotics (Team Double X, the FIRST Competition, in conjunction with the Chapin School) website
* Political Awareness
* Film Club
* Brearley Food and Cooking Club (BFCC)
* Art Club
* Debate Team
* Drama/Improv Club
* Tech Committee
* GASP (Gay and Straight Partnership)
* Classics Club
* Step Club
* Ella
* Umoja
* Anime Club
* Cryptography Club
* The Brearley Philosophers' Club (BPC)
* Habitat for Humanity
* Harry Potter Society
* US Orchestra
* US Singers
* B-Naturals

Notable alumnae

*Abiola Abrams, feminist filmmaker, author, and television personality.
*Blue Balliett, author of "Chasing Vermeer"
*Mary Ellin Barrett, novelist and daughter of Irving Berlin
*Emily Cross, Olympic fencer
*Anne d'Harnoncourt, museum director
*Elizabeth Fishel, journalist and writer, in 2000 published a book profiling 10 of her Brearley classmates from the class of '68, "Reunion: The Girls We Used to Be, the Women We Became".
*Virginia Kneeland Frantz, pathologist, pioneer in the study of pancreatic tumors
*Betsy Gotbaum, New York City Public Advocate
*Téa Leoni, actress
*Mary Rodgers, children's author and composer, daughter of composer Richard Rodgers
*Katie Roiphe, journalist, author, professor at New York University's school of Cultural Reporting and Criticism.
*Kyra Sedgwick, Golden Globe winning actress
*Dorothy Schiff, publisher of The New York Post
*Kim Stolz, model
*Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney
*Caroline Kennedy
*Sigourney Weaver

Affiliated organizations

*National Association of Independent Schools
*New York State Association of Independent Schools
*New York Interschool

External links

* [ Brearley School Homepage]


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