Who We Are
Here students will grow and develop, learn who they are, what they want, and how to get it. They thrive discovering the whats, exploring the hows, and challenging the whys with tools and partners that reflect the ever-changing now.
Here teachers are mentors, experts, collaborators, and motivators, dedicated to each and every student reaching their potential. They are more than instructors – they are the designers of rich learning experiences.
Here graduates are knowledgeable, confident and savvy leaders – ready to collaborate and compete in a world that is depending on them to make a difference. At Beaver we are a community of thinkers and doers.
- Download Beaver’s 2011-2014 Strategic Priorities (PDF)
What We Do
Beaver is so much more than a school – we are at the forefront of education. We consistently look beyond tradition, and beyond our walls to learn from and partner with the best. Because of this we are able to present classic and innovative subject matter in a creative environment that yields real results.
- Students use state of the art technology in everything that they do – not only as a tool for research and discovery, but also as platforms for expression, communication, and creativity.
- We are partnering with the greatest innovators out there in order to adopt and apply the most effective teaching methodologies. We’ve partnered with IDEO, an award-winning human-centric design firm, to train all of our teachers on how to bring design thinking to the classroom, regardless of the subject. And together with MIT, we are the co-founding partners of the NuVu Studio program, where students receive innovation training provided by MIT scholars, based on the MIT studio model learning.
- We are an active and welcoming community of students, teachers, parents, and alumni. We learn and grow from each other, enriching our own offerings and providing access to amazing opportunities. Being a part of the Beaver community is a special honor that is exciting and constantly inspiring.
- Our partnership with the Hiatt Center’s civic engagement program inspires and enables students to create social change. Social justice curriculum and community building opportunities raise awareness of and involvement in social responsibility.
- Co-educational, Grades 6-12
- Independent and college preparatory; founded in 1920
- 125 students in the middle school
- 332 students in the upper school
- 24% students of color, 20% faculty/staff of color
- 50% of students come from public and charter schools, 50% from independent and parochial schools
- 24% of students receive financial aid
- Located 3 miles west of Boston in Chestnut Hill (on Brookline/Newton line)
- 17-acre wooded campus in suburban neighborhood
- Easy access to public transportation via the MBTA Green Line (Chestnut Hill stop)
- Students come from over 60 communities in and around Boston and speak 20 different languages at home
Beaver is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and its affiliations include:
- The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS);
- The Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE);
- The Independent Curriculum Group (ICG)
- The Association of College Counselors in Independent Schools (ACCIS);
- The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
- The Cum Laude Society
- The College Board
- The Boston Center for Community and Justice (BCCJ)