Physical Wellbeing

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Children have supervised recess outdoors every day unless there is rain or the temperature is below 20 degrees.

Other opportunities for physical activity during the day

Brown School students benefit from collaboration with IGNITE and Wellness educators to set their own health and wellness goals. Classes are arranged in a way that considers a student’s developmental abilities.

Physical education at Brown School is comprised of three programs: Wellness, Movement, and Physical Education.

Movement is a program for the preschool through fourth grade. Movement class meets once a week for 30 minutes (preschool through second grade) and 45 minutes (third and fourth grade). Students develop gross motor skills while exploring locomotor and non-locomotor movements as well as concepts such as spatial awareness, timing, pathways, levels, shapes, and direction. Through movement stories, games and traditional and creative dancing, students have the opportunity to express their unique interpretation of ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

Wellness is a program for the upper school that meets once each week. Students are given the choice between an in-season sport and a second activity such as yoga, fitness, or fitness walking.

Physical Education is a program for every Brown School student. Preschool classes meet once per week, kindergarten through high school classes (except for fifth grade) meet twice per week. The fifth grade meets three times per week. Classes are 30-45 minutes each. Students participate in various sports in addition to flexibility, strength, agility and speed building exercises. A Brown School favorite is the pacer test in which students strive to best their own personal speed.


We have a full time registered nurse at the school. She is available to assess and treat children who are not feeling well, or who have been injured. She also dispenses any medications that must be given during the school day.

Snack and Lunch

Mid-morning snack time offers a brief recess to all of our students. Students in kindergarten through eighth grades bring their own healthy morning snacks. Preschool children have a simple snack provided by the school.

Brown School is a “nut aware” school and we highly encourage all families to avoid snacks with nuts, as many children have severe nut allergies and may suffer serious consequences if exposed to them.

Students have lunch for 30 minutes each day in the cafeteria. The lunch program features healthy, kid-friendly foods, including sandwiches, pizza, soup and salad, and hot entrée options every day. The Brown School kitchen is nut-free.

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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