Millbrook School

5.00 5 1 (4 reviews)
131 Millbrook School Road
Millbrook, NY 12545
Tel: 845-677-6873
  • Millbrook School is a coeducational boarding school which offers its 310 students in grades 9-12 a rigorous college preparatory curriculum that integrates academics, service, athletics, arts, and leadership.
  • Since its founding in 1931, the school has encouraged its students to develop as strong and healthy individuals as well as concerned citizens of the world and its environment.
  • Located on a beautifully designed campus on 800 scenic acres in Dutchess County, Millbrook is a leader among independent schools in conservation and sustainability.
  • Honors and AP courses are offered as well as many electives, independent study, a culminating experience for seniors, language immersion program, and advanced science research.
  • Exceptional offerings in the visual and performing arts complement a strong competitive and recereational athletic program.
  • All students and faculty participate in an on-campus communty service program which embodies the school's motto, Non Sibi Sed Cunctis - Not For Oneself But for All.

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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/28/2016
    New York University
    When I think of Millbrook, I think of the overwhelming support from the student body and faculty. Millbrook to me is special in that it maintains a strong and connected community, that continues as you. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    Syracuse University
    One obvious factor that made my school unique was the on-campus zoo. This had an incredible range of animals from baby red pandas to otters. It has also an incredible amount of endangered animals as. . .

  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   12/3/2016
    Washington University in St Louis
    Millbrook's biggest differentiating factor from all other boarding schools is the Trevor Zoo. The Trevor Zoo is located on Millbrook's campus and is the only AZA accredited zoo on a high school campus in the. . .

  • Class of 2015
    5 Stars   12/28/2016
    Cornell University
    One of our school mottos was everyone is known and needed. That couldn't have been more true. With such a small student size, every student was truly known and valued. The faculty was amazing and. . .
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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Millbrook School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1931 1910
Campus Size 800 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 310 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $33 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$57,750 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
(includes all meals)
% Students on Financial Aid
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $38,200 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 15 / rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 67% -
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsJonathan Downs
Associate Director of AdmissionsLinda Casertano

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
CoursesAdvanced Biology, Advanced Ceramics, Advanced Chemistry, Advanced Drawing and Painting, Advanced French Literature, Advanced Mandarin, Advanced Photography, Advanced Physics, Advanced Readings in Latin, Advanced Science Research, Advanced Spanish Literature, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English, AP French, AP Spanish, AP Statistics


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 15 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball


Total Extracurricular Organizations 24 23
ExtracurricularsBook Club, Diversity Club, Dorm Leaders, Drama Club, Fitness Club, Hiking Club, Jazz Ensemble, Literary magazine, Millbrook Singers, Millbrook Voices, Model UN, Outreach, Peer Counselors, Riding, SCAPE (Students Concerned About Planet Earth), School Newspaper, Senior Prefects, Skiing and Snowboarding, Student Advisors, Student Tutors, Tour Guides, Ultimate Frisbee, Yearbook, Zoo Squad

College Matriculation

Year: 2010 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Connecticut College 4
St. Lawrence University 4
Boston University 3
College of Charleston 3
Bucknell University 2
Colorado College 2
Dickinson College 2
Elon University 2
Hamilton College 2
Williams College 2
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Every aspect of the curriculum is intended to develop: curiosity and a commitment to intellectual excellence, critical thinking, and the joy of learning; respect for oneself and for others; a moral framework based on personal integrity; a commitment to serve as stewards of the natural world; and a readiness to use one`s knowledge and skills in service to others. To fulfill its mission, Millbrook School offers a rigorous, varied and comprehensive curriculum which is individually oriented, includes all aspects of learning, and requires meaningful, active involvement in the daily life of the school. Equally important, Millbrook attracts and maintains a faculty with a demonstrated commitment and the ability to teach in a variety of roles, as well as a capable, motivated, and diverse student body.
  • Students who are interested in the sciences will find that Millbrook offers a unique program at its Trevor Zoo which houses more than 150 animals, representing 50 different species, seven of which are endangered. Accredited by the AZA (American Zoo and Acquarium Association), it is a first-rate living laboratory which serves not only as a community service for 90 students, but also as a center for student research, for the captive breeding of endangered species, and for the recovery of sick and injured native animals. This unique facility is paired with a spectacular $12 million gold LEED-certified math and science center(completed in 2008) which contains 4 labs, 5 classrooms dedicated to mathematics, and a technology center.
  • A talented group of gifted, devoted teachers share a passion for their disciplines, a commitment to and belief in the power of education, and a desire to involve themselves deeply in the lives of young people. The faculty encourages students to be curious, involved, active learners. In reference to Millbrook`s strong faculty/student relationship, Drew Casertano, headmaster since 1990, said "Never again in your life will so many people be dedicated to helping you succeed."
  • Millbrook`s students are fully immersed in the life of their school. The school`s ideal size fosters a strong sense of community, allows students to be known and needed, and provides all sorts of opportunities for students to be involved. Millbrook students are encouraged to explore their talents and interests and to contribute to the well-being of others. All students participate in the school`s community service program which gives them direct responsibility for operating services which support almost every facet of school life recycling, working in the community garden, caring for animals in the zoo, participating in outreach programs to name a few.
  • Millbrook has a long history of strong, competitive athletics with a high standard of sportsmanship. The school`s athletic program boasts a state-of-the art 86,000 square foot athletic center complete with basketball court, squash center and indoor skating rink.
  • The arts are a full partner in Millbrook`s overall program. A rich and varied curricula in music, art, and drama is enhanced by many opportunities for performance and exhibition. The 34,000 square foot Holbrook Arts Center is home to an exceptional arts faculty and 80% of the student body who elect to take an art class each term.
  • Students come to Millbrook in search of great teachers and exciting programs. Once found, they also discover themselves.
  • School accreditations: NAIS NYSAIS TABS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • William F. Buckley - author
    • Thomas Lovejoy - environmentalist
    • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. - environmental lawyer and activist
    • Serena Altschul - CBS News correspondent
    • Whit Stillman - film director
    • Rufus Wainwright - musician
    • Alistair Horne - author
    • James L. Buckley - former U.S. Senator and federal judge
    • Robert W. Johnson IV - philanthropist and owner of NY Jets
    • Schuyler Chapin - arts administrator
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