FAQs

When is the application for admissions due?

Admissions applications are due January 15. However, we do recommend that families who have a child applying to Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten, submit their application earlier to allow for greater flexibility when scheduling their child’s playgroup. Transcripts, Evaluations, and Financial Aid applications are due February 1. We do accept applications on a rolling basis following this date.

Is there a birthday cut-off date for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten?

Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 years-old by September 1. Students entering Pre-Kindergarten must be 4 years-old by September 1. On occasion a child who has an early fall birthday will enter PreK with the understanding that the child will be in our PreK program for two years. Every child is special and unique, and each year, we work in partnership with parents around this readiness decision. We remain open to discussing individual cases and are here to lend our expertise in the effort to best place a child for success as the child begins school.

How many openings are available each year?

We welcome families to apply for admission to any grade, even if it is not an official entry point. The number of openings by grade varies by year with our major entry points enrolling higher numbers of new students into Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, 5th Grade and 6th Grade.

My child has to take the SSAT for another school, will Brookwood accept this test in place of the Independent School Entrance Exam(ISEE)?

Applicants to Grades 5 through 8 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE), which is offered at various schools on the North Shore, including Brookwood. However, if a student is already taking the SSAT, we are happy to have you submit those scores to us in place of the ISEE. Please notify the admissions office if this is your plan.

Can my child visit Brookwood for the day?

Student visits are arranged once the application is submitted. Paired with a buddy, applicants to Grades One through Eight will spend the day in their current grade and experience a typical day as a student at Brookwood. These visits typically take place at the end of January or in early February. Students interested in Grades 4-8 are welcome to join their parents on a tour, at an Open House, or Open Classrooms events.

Does Brookwood offer financial aid?

A Brookwood education is a significant investment in your child’s future and we are committed to supporting this choice by offering payment plans that meet varying family’s needs and through our financial aid program. For the 2018-19 academic year, Brookwood awarded more than $2.7 million in financial aid to approximately 38% of our student body. These need-based grants ranged from 10%-95% of Brookwood’s tuition. Brookwood’s financial aid program is available by application to students entering Kindergarten through Grade 8. While Brookwood typically receives more requests for aid than the school can support each year, we encourage all interested families to explore the value of a Brookwood education.

When do we hear from Brookwood about my child's admissions decision?

Brookwood notifies families of admissions decisions on March 10, as agreed upon with area independent schools. Families have until April 10 to submit their enrollment contract and deposit to secure their child’s spot. Families who apply after these dates will hear from the school on a rolling basis.

What if we have missed all of the application deadlines
and notifications?

We do accept applications on a rolling basis following the January 15 deadline. Please contact the admissions office as soon as possible to inquire about space and availability.

What is the transition like for new students?

Brookwood’s overarching philosophy is based on the premise that how kids feel, directly impacts how they learn. With this in mind, it is important that all students feel welcome and part of the community. Faculty and students begin the year in inclusive and intentional ways. All new students have orientation before the school year gets started and all grades kick off the school-year with community building exercises.

My child hasn't had world language yet, will my child
need additional support when s/he starts at Brookwood?

First and second grade students are introduced to the world languages offered Brookwood. In the spring of second grade, families are asked to choose the language their child will study through eighth grade. We realize that many students entering Brookwood at these older grade levels have not had the opportunity to take a foreign language at their previous schools and the world language teachers are well aware of this. We make every possible effort to create an environment where all of our new students feel at ease and comfortable in class.

For students entering in Seventh or Eighth Grade and no prior experience, we will require tutoring. Please note, Mandarin is not an option for those entering in Eighth Grade without prior experience. We believe that without previous experience, it would be too difficult for a student to enter into Mandarin at that level. If your child has previous experience with a language we will have them take a placement test to see whether or not tutoring will be needed over the summer.

Does Brookwood provide bus transportation?

Brookwood students come from 39 communities all across the North Shore. In an effort to make Brookwood more accessible to families throughout the region, bus transportation is provided to and from a variety of towns. Ours is a family-friendly service, with families either signing-up for a full year of service starting each September or using the service on a drop-in occasional basis. The school has three separate bus routes to Brookwood: one from Newburyport, one from Boxford/Topsfield and one from Marblehead/Lynn. Morning and afternoon service is available for the following towns: Amesbury, Beverly, Boxford, Byfield, Ipswich, Lynn, Marblehead, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, Salem, Swampscott, Topsfield, and Wenham.

What time does the school day begin and end?

Brookwood’s school day begins at 8:20 a.m. (with drop off beginning at 8:05 a.m.) and ends at 3:00 p.m. for Lower School (PreK-3) and 4:00 p.m. for Middle (4-5) and Upper School (6-8). Pre-Kindergarten has a 12:30 p.m. dismissal with an Extended Day option (12:30 – 3:00 p.m.). See below for Before- and After-School options.

Does Brookwood have an after-school program?

Brookwood works to meet the needs of families by providing extensive before- and after-school programs. Early Birds offers supervised coverage for students of all ages beginning at 7:15 a.m. every morning. Our after-school care runs until 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 5:00 p.m. Friday.

Are snack and lunch provided?

Brookwood provides lunch daily in the Liston Commons, where students and teachers dine together. Snacks are served every morning before recess and in the mid-afternoon.

All meals are cooked from scratch using fresh, natural ingredients. A salad bar, deli bar, pasta, and 1% milk is available daily. All soups are gluten free, and gluten free bread and menu items are available daily. Brookwood is a nut-free school. The cost of lunch and snack is included in Brookwood’s annual tuition.

Where do Brookwood students go after eighth grade?

Just as it is our goal to create a school where students are happily engaged in their education so too is it our responsibility to encourage them to take risks, to give them the support to challenge themselves and each other in a safe environment. It is within this environment we believe that children have the best chance to become confident life-long learners. The result is that Brookwood graduates make a significant difference in their next schools and beyond.

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