Head of School Welcome

Home » About » Message From the Head of School

Patty VitaleSince 1893, we carry on in the tradition of Helen “Nellie” Brown. Expert and experienced faculty work with small groups of students in an atmosphere of acceptance, experimentation, and joy in discovery of the wonders of the universe. Teachers at Brown School exemplify the qualities we prize in our students: they are eager learners, active citizens and effective communicators of knowledge and feeling. 

Brown School families find themselves deeply involved in the life of the school community and in the education of their children: partnerships between parents and teachers often result in life-long friendships in support of the strivings of our students and graduates.  

The best education acknowledges the developmental pace of students, while challenging them to embrace new understandings of the intellectual and physical world and of each other. Brown School is alive with the possibilities of its students and is dedicated to maintaining an atmosphere in which they can become their best.   

It is impossible to appreciate the energy of Brown School without experiencing it yourself. We invite you to come in for a visit!  Our students are excited to show you what school can be.


Patti Vitale
[email protected]

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.

trees painting

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!

kids smiling on floor