Brewster Academy

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Brewster Academy, an international leader in secondary education, is widely recognized for its successful innovation in teaching and learning and accelerated student growth in a vigorous, college-preparatory environment. Students work in a multi-level curriculum based on individual mastery, and participate in interactive classes where collaboration is common practice. Competitive athletics, a rich arts curriculum, and an intensive community life program offer exciting opportunities for students. Athletic facilities include a 50,000 square-foot athletics and wellness center featuring a convertible turf floor, a four-lane, 200-meter indoor track, and a fitness center; six playing fields; nine new tennis courts; a boathouse for dry land training for the sailing and crew teams; an indoor rowing tank; and a climbing wall. The 80-acre campus sits on 1/2-mile of shoreline along Lake Winnipesaukee. Proximity to the mountains and coast offer an abundance of outdoor recreation opportunities.

80 Academy Drive, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, USA 03894

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Director of Admission: Lynne Palmer
Admissions Phone:603-569-7200Toll-Free Admissions:800-842-9961Fax:603-569-7272
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: February 01
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes

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  • Founded: 1820
  • Campus Size: 91 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC
Student Body
Grades 9th-post-grad
Grades 9th-post-grad
Girls     112 40 152
Boys     179 26 205
Total     291 66 357

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $49,900
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $30,740
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 27.00%
  • Average Awarded: $3,200,000
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $15,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $0

Department Director: Peter Hess

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 65

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 40.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 8

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • ADD/ADHD Support
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Beginning
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Learning Differences Support
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Subject Tutoring
  • Writing Center
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Performance Poetry
  • United States History
  • World History
  • 20th Century History, Economics, Debate
Foreign Languages:
  • French
  • Spanish
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Humanities
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physics
  • Freshwater Ecology Advanced Physics
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Multimedia
  • Web Design
  • Choral Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music History
  • Orchestra
  • Recording
  • Voice
  • Jazz Band Wind Ensemble
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Animation
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Drama
  • Film and Video
  • Graphic Design
  • Journalism
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Public Speaking
  • Studio Art
  • Digital Photography
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Internships
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Project-based Learning
    Emotional Literacy

AP Courses Available:
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Macroeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • European History
  • Physics B
  • Statistics
  • US History

Summary: Residence life at Brewster can be summed up in three words: active, exciting, and life-changing. You’ll form lasting bonds with your dorm mates as you live, learn, study, and play together. This is the time in your life where you’ll learn to become independent, be accountable for your actions, get along with others, make important life decisions, form lifelong relationships, and develop skills that will help make your transition to college a smooth one. But you won’t be alone—you’ll be surrounded by a community of caring people, ranging from your academic advisor to your community life parent to supportive peers. Through group meetings, students create and manage their living environment. Once a week, members of each dorm gather in their lounges to discuss concerns and possible solutions, vote on decisions, and share ideas. You’ll learn how to become a leader of character and integrity, learn to work with others, effectively run meetings, consider other viewpoints, and communicate with a diverse range of people.

Department Director: Jaime Laurent

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 20

Average Students Per Dorm: 20

No. of Girls Dorms: 8

No. of Boys Dorms: 12

Dorm Amenities:
Lake and Mountain Views 

Dress Code: Formal

Student Life

Summary: Life at Brewster is not just about living in a safe, incredibly beautiful campus by a lake … in a town so friendly that the whole world comes to visit. At the heart of Brewster’s community life is the firm belief that leaders aren’t necessarily born, they are made. And that leadership skills, visionary thinking, and character, are all qualities you develop by getting involved in a learning community founded on such principles as: respect, being helpful, contributing, and serving yourself and others with your best in all you do. Spend a few hours touring our campus. You’ll notice that regardless of whether it is within the classroom or outside—through student activities, athletics, a vibrant dorm life, community service, or decisive group meetings—these are the fundamental values that guide every aspect of life at Brewster. You won't find a shortage of activities in which to participate at Brewster. Whatever your interests, you're sure to find a group that shares your interest and enthusiasm. Whether you're interested in the environment, a paintball enthusiast, a knitter, a dancer, or enjoy interacting with children (Brewster Big Friends), there is something for everyone. You may prefer to spend time helping others with a community service project, participating in a school leadership position, or working on a local or international project with the Interact Club. Perhaps you just want to get off campus for a day of shopping in Boston, winter skiing, or seeing a movie ... the choices are endless.


  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall
  • Rowing tank Tennis crts Lake Indoor/Out door Turf

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Future Bus. Leaders of Am.
  • Honor Council
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • National Honor Society
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • International Club Brewster Big Friends

Arts Department Director: Marilyn Shea

Athletics Department Director: Matt Lawlor

Notable Achievements: National and New England Championships, Carnegie Hall performance

  • Art Club
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Improvisation Group
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Theater
  • Media Arts Filmmaking/Vide ography Pottery
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Equestrian
  • Field Hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Dance
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Climbing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Snowboarding
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Spinning Yoga

Summary: Your years at Brewster set the pace for what is to follow — college. As recent research surveys of our graduates reveal, a Brewster education is an ideal preparation to successfully negotiate the academic, emotional, physical, psychological, and social challenges of college life. And, preparing students for college may be best expressed by the extent to which they return after their first year. A recent survey shows that Brewster graduates recorded approximately 95 percent retention from their freshman to sophomore year. The national average is about 70 percent.

Department Director: Laura Duffy

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Brown University 2 graduates
Boston University 9 graduates
Georgia Institute of Technology 1 graduates
Harvard University 1 graduates
Bard College 1 graduates
American University 2 graduates
George Washington University 3 graduates
Wake Forest University 2 graduates
Yale University 1 graduates
University of Vermont 6 graduates
Cornell University 3 graduates
Stanford University 1 graduates
Syracuse University 10 graduates
Rice University 1 graduates
University of Michigan 1 graduates
St. Lawrence University 3 graduates
United States Air Force Academy 2 graduates
University of Virginia 1 graduates
United States Air Force Academy 2 graduates
Bowdoin College 1 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Topher Grace (Class of 1997) Actor/Director

Justine Siegal (Class of 1997) Chair, Women's Commission of International Baseball Federation; first women to throw batting practice for MLB

Morgan Fallon (Class of 1994) Emmy Award Winning Film Producer

Jon Siskel (Class of 1985) Emmy Award Winning Documentary Film Producer

Adrien Broom (Class of 1994) Acclaimed Photography

Quotes from Alumni

Brewster was the best experience of my life. There is nothing like it. My brother is there now and he would agree. We are different people and students but we both found our place in the BA community.

-Brittany , Class of 2012,


This curriculum here pushes you to learn more and strive for better grades. The classes are all about active discussions, debates, and using technology to interact better and achieve more.

-Mark , Class of 2009,



Summary: Located on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in the safe, cozy, summer resort town of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Brewster Academy is a beautiful setting for summer programs. Students from all over the world enjoy our picturesque campus attending sports camps, academic and cultural programs. Brewster Academy Summer Session (BASS) offers a combination of academics and adventure recreation activities – a blend of work and play. BASS is a student-centered program for ages 13-17.

Department Director: Raylene Davis

Brewster Academy Summer Session

July 05, 2014 to August 04, 2014

Intensive enrichment courses in English and ESL, with electives in science, theater, computer graphics, Video ESL, SAT/TOEFL preparation and Instructional Support. Credit earned for math courses. Students also participate in a wide range of outdoor and social activities focused on skills building.

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2014
Financial Aid Available:  No
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