Brearley School

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The Brearley School
Brearley School (New York) seal.jpg
610 East 83rd Street

United States
TypePrivate girls' school, non-denominational, college preparatory day school
MottoBy Truth and Toil
FounderSamuel Brearley
HeadmasterJane Foley Fried
GradesKindergarten – grade 12
Color(s)Red and white

The Brearley School is an all-girls private school in New York City, located on the Upper East Side neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan. The school is divided into lower (kindergarten – grade 4), school (grades 5–8) and upper (grades 9–12) schools, with approximately 50 to 60 students per grade.

In addition to being a member of the New York Interschool Association, Brearley is considered a sister school of the all-boys Collegiate School, the all-girls Spence School and the nearby all-girls Chapin School, with which it shares an after-school program, some classes, and a robotics team.


Samuel A. Brearley founded The Brearley School in 1884, and he remained the head of school until 1886, when he died of typhoid fever. James G. Croswell was the next head until his death in 1915. Since 1926, Brearley has been headed by females, first by Millicent Carey McIntosh, and four more women.[1] In June 2011, headmistress Stephanie J. Hull resigned for undisclosed reasons.[2] Recently,[when?] the school hired Jane Foley Fried to be the new head of school.

In the early 1900s, it moved from East 45th Street to West 44th Street and then in 1912 to Park Avenue and East 61st Street, where the primary program was added. The school then moved to a new building in 1929 on East 83rd Street.[3] In addition to adding two stories to the current building in 1994, the school is constructing a second building to accommodate an ever-expanding student body. The second site is expected to open in 2019.[4]


The school's curriculum is based on the liberal arts. The student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1.[citation needed]

Languages instruction is offered in Ancient 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.[5] The school offers art, music, and drama classes, each based on their own floor.[6]

Students have access to two computer laboratories — one serving the Lower School, the other the Middle and Upper Schools.[citation needed] In addition, there are three smaller computer workrooms, one for middle schoolers and two for upper schoolers, as well as the science-projects room and laptops for use in the library and classrooms.

Rankings and college attendance[edit]

In 2008, Brearley was ranked number two by The Wall Street Journal based on its ranking of students matriculating to eight national universities and liberal-arts colleges (Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Pomona College, Princeton University, Swarthmore College, The University of Chicago and Williams College).[7] It was ranked 2nd best prep school in the United States and best all-girls school by Forbes in 2013.

Student body[edit]

Current enrollment[when?] at Brearley is approximately 700 students in K-12, approximately evenly split between the lower, middle, and upper schools. Students of color represent approximately 48% of the student body. The 2016-17 tuition was $45,600; approximately 20% of the students receive financial assistance.

Sports facilities[edit]

A separate building, the "Field House" on East 87th Street, has facilities for physical education and athletics including track, soccer, basketball, tennis, badminton, volleyball, lacrosse and field hockey. In 2005, both the Varsity Volleyball and Varsity Cross-Country Teams won state championships. The Junior-Varsity Volleyball Team remained undefeated throughout its season, and won its tournament in 2007. The Cross-Country team won the New York Private School State Championship in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The Middle School Basketball Team were the first-ever New York State Association of Independent Schools Athletic Association Middle School Champions in 2009. In 2010, all four of Brearley’s fall varsity teams competed in the NYSAIS tournament.

The school's team colors are maroon and white, and its mascot is a beaver.

Notable alumnae[edit]

Affiliated organizations[edit]


  1. ^ "The Brearley School: About Brearley » Our History". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2011-07-01.
  2. ^ Anderson, Jenny (June 30, 2011). "Head of Manhattan's Brearley School Resigns". The New York Times. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  3. ^ Witchel, Alex (May 2, 1998). "The Class of '48". Boca Raton News. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
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  5. ^ "iPod Personalizes Language Learning". Apple. Archived from the original on 2008-09-28.
  6. ^ "Facilities". The Brearley School. Retrieved July 1, 2011.
  7. ^ Staff writer (December 28, 2007). "How the Schools Stack Up". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved July 25, 2008.

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Coordinates: 40°46′21″N 73°56′44″W / 40.77250°N 73.94556°W / 40.77250; -73.94556