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Brearley School

School rating 4 / 5 by

610 East 83rd Street New York NY 10028 United States
K to 12th
Girls only


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My classes ranged in size from six to 12 girls. When my class had 12 girls it felt very large in comparison to our average classes. Our faculty were brilliant, well trained and for the most part readily accessible. They worked us extremely hard. I consistently had three-five hours of work a night. I was then still left with over 12 hours of work on most weekends. However, I think most girls come out of Brearley over prepared for what lies ahead. For the most part, I have not found college at all challenging after my Brearley training. Although it was not fun at the time, I could not have asked for a better education and am proud to be "Brearley born and Brearley bred." Our teachers not only cared about our performance on tests but they also cared deeply about our enthusiasm for learning and academia. They were all scholars in their fields and more than willing to share their brilliance and enthusiasm with student.

College Counseling

The college admissions process started in tenth grade. It was rigorous but not more than....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

Coming to Brearley in kindergarten is your best bet. More than 60% of my graduating....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The school is safe welcoming and open. The biggest problem come from the fact that such a large portion of its students know each other from age five to 18. It is all girls and that is its own demon. It is religiously, racially and socio-economically diverse. I am very happy with my Brearley experience and would recommend the school to any parent or child with the caveat that it is extremely rigorous and many students are just unable to keep up. It is in a very safe neighborhood on the upper east side of manhattan (83rd and east end)....

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