Mission, Diversity & Accreditation

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Our mission is to mindfully educate all students to pursue their individual potential in a nurturing, collaborative environment through the arts, humanities, mathematics and sciences.


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.


Brown School has an absolute charter by the New York State Board of Regents.

Having met or exceeded criteria for accreditation based upon principles of best practice, Brown School is the only school in Schenectady and one of only 13 schools in the Capital District accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and the National Association of Independent Schools.

Brown School has held accreditation since 1996 and has been continuously re-accredited since that time.

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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