When is the application for admissions due?
Is there a birthday cut-off date for Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten?
Students entering the 2-year Early Childhood program must be 3 years-old by September 1; those entering the 1-year EC program must be 4 years-old by September 1. Students entering Kindergarten must be 5 years-old by September 1. 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 our Early Childhood program and Kindergarten.
My child has to take the SSAT for another school, will Brookwood accept this test in place of the Independent School Entrance Exam(ISEE)?
Does Brookwood offer financial aid?
A Brookwood education is a significant investment in your child’s future. Brookwood offers 3 payment plans that meet varying family’s needs. Brookwood’s financial aid program currently supports 39% of our student body. These need-based grants range 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?
What if we have missed all of the application deadlines
We do accept applications on a rolling basis following the January 15 deadline provided we have space. 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?
For students entering in Seventh or Eighth Grade and have no prior experience, we will require tutoring. 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. Families sign-up for a half or full year of service starting each September. The school has two separate bus routes to Brookwood: one servicing the Newburyport, and Boxford/Topsfield area and one servicing the Marblehead/Lynn area. 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?
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.