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Our mission is to inspire each student to love learning while striving for academic excellence.  Brown School’s teachers work to identify and develop the strengths of individual students, thereby stimulating discovery, imagination, and critical thinking.  Small classes, a dedicated staff, and an innovative curriculum combine to motivate children to reach their potential, both academically and socially.  The private school’s nurturing environment supports a diverse student community and encourages confident, articulate learners, who are disciplined, responsible, and respectful of others.

Helen “Nellie” Brown founded Brown School in 1893 as an alternative to public schools. She envisioned a school where an individualized approach to learning would foster self-confidence, intellectual curiosity, and a life-long love of learning. Brown School students would be well prepared for further studies, having received a solid foundation in fundamental subjects. Regardless of the changes through which Brown School has passed over more than a century, we have never lost sight of Helen Brown’s vision.

Brown School, a non-sectarian independent private school in Schenectady, New York, has an absolute charter by the New York State Board of Regents and is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools. School policy is determined by the Board of Trustees and implemented by the Head of School and Brown School staff members.

Diversity Statement

Brown School is an inclusive school that respects the dignity of the individual in the areas of gender, religion, ethnicity, culture, personal choices and family differences. All members of the Brown School community are mindful of and responsible for understanding and advancing diversity in the school.

About Brown School

The Brown School community is strong and supportive, and we believe that our students deserve not only an academic education but also a place to enjoy traditions and experiences that they cherish for years to come. Our faculty and administration are committed to mindfully educating each individual student in a nurturing and collaborative environment.

Our School Day

Our school song states that “Brown School is joy, friendship, and laughter. Memories dear, now and long after. Working each day, growing together. Brown School is learning and love.” Even though we have modernized our teaching and offerings, these words hold true even decades after they were written.

Beyond the School Day

Brown School students of all ages have a plethora of options available after the school day is over. Whether it is partaking in the after school or Plus programs that offer a purposeful place for students while parents are working, exploring new interests or established hobbies, or getting together beyond the walls of our school, our Brown School community is strong.

Prospective Parents

We know that you are looking for just the right spot for your child, and we want to partner with you in that process. It is hard to get a sense of the community and daily routines of Brown School online, and we encourage you to schedule a visit or join us at one of our Open Houses.

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Current Families

There are so many things happening in our school community each day, and we value your partnership in making amazing things happen. These links will help Brown School students and families stay connected to keep our community strong!

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