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Nashoba Brooks School


24 minutes/13.38 miles from Weston Center
300 Coed students, grades Pre-K to 8.

Coed Ages 3 to 3rd grade. All girls 3rd grade-8th grade.

Nashoba Brooks School educates children for a life of continuous learning, accomplishment, and leadership in a diverse and changing world. The school nurtures students talents and character, while fostering the development of each childs personal excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.

Come to the Nashoba Brooks campus, and you’ll find a setting that is both historic and state-of-the-art. The gardens, fields, woodlands and ponds occupy nearly 30 acres of land that has changed little since Minutemen marched through it in 1775. On these same grounds are an innovative science wing, two technology centers, and a dining commons that has both a fireplace and a garden to encourage community gathering.

Take a glimpse inside our two gymnasiums and “Tucker,” our facility dedicated to visual arts, music, and drama, and you’ll see the strength of our commitment to athletics and the arts. All students visit the art and music studios and the gyms multiple times each week. These subjects are never considered “extras,” but an essential part of the school day. Many of the important skills that we want students to develop, and many crucial lessons that we want students to learn, are realized through visual arts, drama, music, movement, and sports. These subjects integrate mind, body, and sense of self, allowing natural connections crucial for authentic learning, that cornerstone of excellence.

In every classroom, you’ll see that the small class size allows students to work independently or in collaborative groups. You’ll see units of study that combine humanities, the arts, math, technology, and science to make learning deep and lasting, never rote. You’ll find teachers with talents as multi-faceted as the lessons they teach . . . a kindergarten teacher who spent the summer tracking killer whales . . . a technology specialist who is an exhibiting artist . . . a Latin teacher who is a published author of children’s books. These are seasoned, inspired practitioners in their areas of specialty who model for students a love for learning and growing throughout their lives.

In the hallways or in the dining and meeting commons, you might come across eighth grade Big Sisters with their fourth grade Little Sisters planning a project or event. You might notice a boy in kindergarten eagerly awaiting the appearance of his learning partner, a fifth-grade girl, who will help him plan and create a new math game. Nashoba Brooks is unique in its population, where the classes for our younger students (age three through grade three) are co-ed, and for our older students (grades four through eight) are girls only. Following a merger that blended a co-ed primary school with an all-girls middle school, our early leaders resisted the temptation to become all one or the other. They opted for a felicitous mix, allowing us to act on research findings about the most effective classroom environment for young children and for older girls. Our younger students develop a strong foundation for academic and personal growth at ages when society may complicate that growth, especially for boys. Our older girls benefit from an emphasis on academic rigor that is rich in humanities offerings but also emphasizes the importance of math, science, and technology for girls as future citizens in a 21st century world.

At any time of the year, you’ll see service learning as an effective conduit for the development of leadership at Nashoba Brooks, since we view leadership as action, a way of being, rather than just a position a student gains by appointment or vote. We want all of our students to be effective collaborators, communicators, facilitators, and planners. We want all of them to find their voices and to understand that they can effect change through determined effort, knowledge, and skill. What you won’t be able to see on campus (except during class reunions) are our graduates. For a glimpse of life after Nashoba Brooks, consider this comment from the parent of a 2006 graduate:

“Thank you, Nashoba Brooks! Judging from the number of phone calls I have not received, I am declaring the choice of Exeter a success. When I left, Caelie was surrounded by her dorm mates, proctors and advisors, and they were all sharing their histories, class choices, teacher stories, and their futures in a high baud-rate burst of information transmission as only 14 year olds can do. And this is why I am writing.

“Thank you for hand-crafting my daughter and helping her discover her intellect, her sense of inner strength and morality, her courage to speak out, and her sense of humor. Thank you for helping her discover squash (no small feat given that Caeli had turned up her nose at sports), forensics, and feminism. Thank you for each and every teacher, librarian, and technical advisor who spent time teaching and exploring ideas with Caeli. And thank you for the time and thought you put into Caelis selection of her next school. At each school we visited, Nashoba was well-known not only for high academic standards but also for the strength of leadership the school provides, and for the level of care that you put into shaping each young woman.”

I hope, when you come to our campus, that you will sense the truth behind our school motto: “Work hard, play fair, be kind, reach out.” Habits of mind, habits of character. Nashoba Brooks is a place for the whole child.

E. Kay Cowan