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From the Head of School

Laura Caron
Brown University, B.A.
Harvard University, Ed.M.

Greetings from One Brookwood Road.

In 1956, Brookwood School was founded by a dynamic group of community leaders and educators seeking to build an exceptional school, and their spirit lives on today. Among our students we see the drive, perseverance, and dedication that motivated that inspired group over 60 years ago.

Brookwood is a school that values effort and expertise – our faculty works hard and is committed to creating quality experiences for our students. We try new things and learn from them. We are guided by important questions, like “What is good teaching?” and “How will I know that my students are learning?”

Since joining Brookwood in 2015, I have learned many things about our wonderful school: we are a community where children feel known, challenged and nurtured. We are playful, we are serious, we are kind, and above all, we love children.  As written in our guiding philosophy, The New Face of Rigor, we believe that “how kids feel determines in large measure whether kids learn.” We also believe that “instead of simply finding answers, students need to learn to make good decisions. And to make these decisions, they need to know themselves well and to understand the principles they seek to advance.” At Brookwood, these perspectives underscore every interaction we have to ensure that students are connected, reflective contributors.

Because Brookwood is a strong and thriving school, we are well positioned to continue deepening our strengths while exploring new opportunities for growth on campus and in the community. Our new strategic plan, Deep Roots, Bright Futurewill build on our rich tradition of academic excellence and social-emotional strength. We will engage students as leaders and changemakers, personalize learning for every student and strengthen our culture of wellness. We will redesign how we spend students’ time and increase the cohesion throughout our program. We will empower our exceptional faculty and encourage them to share their impact more broadly. We will strengthen our inclusive community, and finally, we will ensure the financial sustainability of our beloved school. We are excited for you to join us as we embark on the next chapter of Brookwood's legacy of educational excellence! Learn more at