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The Way Education Should Be

Celebrating Brewster's Bicentennial

A 200th birthday is truly something to celebrate. Throughout the 2019-2020 school year, Brewster will commemorate its Bicentennial with special events and programs, including 200 Voices, a chance for Bobcats of all eras to share their special memories and anecdotes during this once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Great Minds Don't Think Alike

We educate all learners equally and we believe that teaching and learning should be about you – your strengths, your weaknesses and your possibilities. All students understand their own potential and are empowered to achieve by being inclusive of everyone’s unique talents.

Find Your Passion, Purpose, and Talent

A school that prepares students to be curious, confident and responsible people where values of character and service are just as important as academic skills and meaningful days are structured with opportunities to step outside your comfort zone to serve yourself and others.

Leading with Emotional Intelligence

A well developed EQ is regarded as a key to personal success. At Brewster, we have focused on social and emotional learning since 2011. Learn more about our partnership with Yale and how the program is integrated at each grade level.

Our Voices


The Power of Team

Head of School

Our Vision



From Our View






Beyond Brewster

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Michelle Rafalowski-Houseman

Faculty Voices
I had 16 years teaching in the public school system and now I can't imagine teaching without the team approach.

The team-based approach at Brewster is the foundation of our integrated, student-centered approach. Kids don't fall through the cracks – they have a built-in support system to make sure they have all they need to be successful.

Team Cook | Science Faculty | Director, NH Student Leadership Program
Master of Science Education, University of New Hampshire
B.S., Biology Education, Plymouth State University

TJ Palmer

Faculty Voices
I want my class to be challenging. Not boring and not overwhelming!

Teaching U.S. History for thirty years at Brewster, you would expect TJ’s classes to be a little stale. Not a chance when you have a dynamic teacher who knows where to push, when to engage and how to facilitate learning at the optimal level.
Team Palmer | Team Leader | History Faculty
B.A., Colby College
MALS/Cold War History, Dartmouth College

Rob O'Blenis

Faculty Voices
We teach kids what it means to live in the world after they leave Brewster.

Rob’s sense of humor and approachable personality makes him the perfect match for his roles at Brewster – teacher, community living parent, and coach. He is a champion for educating the whole child and a faculty leader in our Social and Emotional Learning program.

Team Cooper | History Faculty
B.A., History, University of New Hampshire

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Craig Gemmell

Head of School
Brewster students are challenged appropriately. They are supported appropriately. This is not a one-size fits all school.

Craig Gemmell has spent the past three decades teaching, coaching, mentoring, and leading independent schools. His path to Brewster was motivated by a desire to be in a community where intellectual diversity was celebrated, change was the norm, and positive regard was the foundation.

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Kaya Beland

Student Voices
Brewster as a student body is so accepting ... every single person is accepted for all their different attributes.

Kaya is a day student who is a lifer (four year student). A Curvey Scholar, Head Senior Prefect, and National Honor Society member, Kaya has been an active member of the Brewster community providing thoughtful and authentic leadership.

Trevor McLean

Student Voices
I've made a lot of relationships with the faculty here ... having friends that you can trust that are older have meant the world to me.

Trevor refers to faculty as friends and describes how easy and comfortable it is to seek advice and guidance from them. Sometimes trust and guidance can come from the other adults in your life at boarding school!

Maura McDonald

Student Voices
I love the community here, I love the teachers here. I love the fact that if you ask, someone will give you help ... I learned to care about my education for myself.

Maura came to Brewster in her freshman year. Her language based learning challenges have not held her back from academic success. She has learned the skills of self advocacy, the power of relationships, and the confidence in her own capacity.

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Darryl Towns and Karen Boykin-Towns

Parent Voices
Brewster is able to cater to each student on an individual level. It's like the Goldilocks story ... Brewster was just right.

The Towns family started their Brewster journey with daughter, Jasmine ’13. Two years later, Trinity followed in her footsteps. Different people, unique passions and interest – how was one school the right fit for both?

David Hill

Parent Voices
I have no doubt that when she leaves Brewster she'll be ready to take on the world.

The Hill family is no stranger to boarding school but came a long way from the West Coast to find the right fit! It’s not easy choosing the boarding path but watching their daughter's confidence grow has shown them it was the right choice.

Robin Bass

Parent Voices
Brewster is the way education should be. They are leading in what's going on in the world and challenging our kids to learn and communicate.

Robin’s son, Matt, is doing well in the real world of college because he experienced it at Brewster. He found his confidence, learned how to balance the expectation, and is a thriving student athlete at Colby College.

Al DiVirgilio

Parent Voices
If you are looking for a place where your child can be themselves and thrive, this is the place.

Finding a nurturing community where Abbie could be herself and grow without the typical distractions at home. A place that encouraged excellence and developed well rounded students capable of seizing greater opportunities in college and life.

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Emma Jones '11

Alumni Voices
All of the people here are just genuine, kind people. Things have evolved in the school but at the same time the core values of Brewster haven't changed.

The core values of the personalized experience, an inclusive and close community with students of strong character has not changed at Brewster. Here Emma talks about why she loves coming back to her school.

Elaine Fancy '07

Alumni Voices
Brewster helped me focus and hone in on what I was good at!

Elaine was able to learn and apply life skills that are now supporting her professional success. She found her passion and turned that into a successful career as a freelance photographer drawing from the experiences she had at Brewster.


Mobile Voices

Brewster In Focus

News & Events

By The Numbers

By The Numbers


First boarding students came to Wolfeborough Tuftonborough Academy

Brewster History


Acre campus with classic New England facilities

Virtual 360 Tour

Over 25 Clubs

Brewster offers a variety of clubs and community service opportunities based on student and faculty interests. Get involved and join a club!

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Brewster RAK club members

The Great Outdoors

With nearly 1,000 lakes and ponds in New Hampshire, students have access to activities on the water or the ice in every season.


Brewster Students Ice Fishing


Curvey Scholars have gone on to attend Brown, Villanova, Colgate, Lehigh, and George Washington

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Ratio of students to faculty. Students will be part of one of our seven academic teams.

Academic Teams


Wins for girls’ varsity soccer in the past five years with five consecutive Lakes Region Championships.

Brewster Athletics


The number of donors that support the Fund for Brewster!

Give Now


The percentage of students who receive financial assistance.

Financial Aid


The average number of students who perform during Coffee House events.

The Arts at Brewster

Five-Time Champions

Boys' Prep Basketball have won the national championships five times under the leadership of coach Jason Smith. (2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017)

Brewster Atheltics

First Partner With Yale

First boarding school to launch a fully integrated SEL program with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

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