Brewster Academy

80 Academy Drive
Wolfeboro, NH 03894
Tel: (603) 569-7200
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 358 students
Welcome to Wolfeboro! Brewster's lakeside location provides students with a variety of resources on and off campus. Our outdoor facilities include six athletic fields, nine tennis courts, and a boathouse which provides storage and work areas for rowing shells and
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Welcome to Wolfeboro! Brewster's lakeside location provides students with a variety of resources on and off campus. Our outdoor facilities include six athletic fields, nine tennis courts, and a boathouse which provides storage and work areas for rowing shells and
The Academy's teachers are prepared and trained at the Brewster Summer Institute, a professional development program designed to assist teachers in maximizing student growth. Each instructor is placed on a nine-member teaching team. Each team teaches and advises students in a single grade, allowing for constant communication and interaction. Teams meet three times weekly to discuss each student's progress
You won't find desks in rows in Brewster classrooms. Students actively collaborate - working in groups where you learn through guided instruction and cooperative learning.	 Project-based learning (PBL) provide students with a hands-on learning experience with topics of their choice.
Freshwater Ecology students access the largest freshwater laboratory in the state (Lake Winnipesaukee), without leaving campus.
The only independent school with both an indoor convertible turf and outdoor turf for multiple sports.
All students participate in at least one season of interscholastic sports. Recreational and instructional sports also are options. When enrolled in a recreational or instructional class, students also can select arts classes, providing students with a six-day athletics and arts program. Arts offerings include digital photography, drama, dance, studio arts, pottery, music, and advanced media production.
Dance is offered as a class, an afternoon arts option, and a club activity with performances at campus events, including at our nationally-ranked basketball team's home games. The choice is yours.
Twenty family-style dormitories (most overlooking Lake Winnipesaukee) house Brewster?'s boarding students. The environment is family-oriented. Each dorm plans community and social activities through their weekly meetings. An upperclass proctor and faculty community life parents ensure constant communication and availability within this small setting.
There are over 25 clubs from which to choose and if you don't find one that interests you, you can start your own.
Brewster's 200-meter indoor track offers 360-degree views of New Hampshire's largest lake, the mountains, the playing fields, and campus.
Brewster, a college preparatory school, acknowledges individual learning style differences, employs best practice research in teaching and learning, offers a mastery-based curriculum, and supports this within a technical medium leading to a highly interactive, student-centered and collaborative learning environment.
Highly personalized and student-centered learning; Discussion-based and interactive classes.
Team-based teaching, collaborative learning emphasis and project-based learning.
Customized, fully integrated academic support programs in which 35% of students are enrolled.
Emotional Literacy program in partnership with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
National and New England championship teams with unparalleled athletic facilities; More than 25% of graduating students will play sports in college.
Traditional arts courses and the latest in digital arts; Newly renovated performing arts center with seating for 450.
Vibrant downtown with shops, cafes, restaurants, and more all adjacent to campus in Wolfeboro - The Oldest Summer Resort in America.
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2014 School Data
Brewster Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1820 1910
Campus Size 80 acres 125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 358 students 295 students
% Students of Color 10% 19%
% International Students 15% 20%
% Students Boarding 80% 68%
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Bi-Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:6 1:7
# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 8 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 52% 66%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes


Endowment Size $15 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$54,500 $48,520
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$33,000 $27,240
% Students on Financial Aid 31% 35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $23,230 $20,250
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Feb. 1 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 54% -
Acceptance Rate 50% 57%
Director of AdmissionsLynne M. Palmer
Margaret Martin, Associate Dir
Associate Director of AdmissionsJason Smith, Associate Dir

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 8 16
CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Statistics, U.S. History


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 13 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Snowboarding, Soccer, Tennis


Total Extracurricular Organizations 24 23
ExtracurricularsBrewster Big Friends, Chamber Orchestra, Clearlakes Chorale, Computer Graphics Workshop, Conditioning, Drama, Environmental Club, Faith Community, Gay Straight Alliance, HOWL, a chorus, Interact, International Club, Jazz Band, Mundiamo Club, Outdoor Skills, Photography, Pottery, Recreational Snow Sports, Spinning, Strength Training and Conditioning, Tennis, Touch Football, Wind Ensemble, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: - 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
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School Notes:

  • Brewster, a college preparatory school, acknowledges individual learning style differences, employs best practice research in teaching and learning, offers a mastery-based curriculum, and supports this within a technical medium leading to a highly interactive and collaborative learning environment. In late spring, students immerse themselves in project-based learning opportunities.

  • In addition to its academics, Brewster has a comprehensive community life program that supports student growth by promoting community and leadership skills and emphasizes the need for balance among academics, athletics, and residential life. Through a partnership with the Yale Center for Emotional Literacy, Brewster is the first boarding school to implement an emotional literacy program into its curriculum. The school's athletic program offers interscholastic, instructional, and recreational sports all with an emphasis on sportsmanship, personal growth, and development.
  • Brewster Academy is a flourishing, innovative secondary school in one of the most picturesque areas of New England -- on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee and a short drive from the majestic White Mountains -- yet less than two hours from Boston. A predominantly white clapboard, unified, and tidy campus boasts 20 faculty residences and dormitories to bring a strong on-campus adult and family presence to this quintessential boarding school community. An imposing academic building dominates the center of campus and a 50,000 square-foot athletics facility is nestled into the hillside, overlooking the playing fields, the lake, and the mountains.
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  • School accreditations: New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is Tilton School (21.4 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Tilton, NH
    30 School Street
    TiltonNH 03276
    21.4 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 240 students
  • Plymouth, NH
    Holderness School
    PO Box 1879
    PlymouthNH 03264
    26.9 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 280 students
  • Concord, NH
    St. Paul's School
    325 Pleasant Street
    ConcordNH 03301
    32.4 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 548 students
  • Andover, NH
    204 Main Street - P.O. Box 500
    AndoverNH 03216
    32.5 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 360 students
  • Fryeburg, ME
    745 Main Street
    FryeburgME 04037
    35.4 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 578 students
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