Welcome From Our Head of School
As you consider whether Breck is right for your family, I encourage you to speak to members of our Admissions staff and other members of the Breck community, including current parents and students. It’s important that you obtain as much insight as you can from a variety of perspectives. After all, there are a number of schools available for your consideration, and many factors play a role in determining whether a school is a good fit for a family. I am delighted that you want to learn more about Breck and am happy to give you an overview of how we think about attaining and maintaining excellence in our school.
Breck respects students with the gift of high expectations, and Breck serves students by providing them the means to meet those expectations. Breck is an academically rigorous school that inhabits the vital intersection where individual achievement meets the imperatives of community responsibility and participation.
Informed by an Episcopal foundation, our approach to education is rooted in a tradition that values the whole student, that emphasizes both educational experiences and outcomes, that blends academic rigor with a strong sense of global citizenship. Everything we do at Breck proceeds from the understanding that we all meet the world as cognitive, social, and spiritual beings.
As you learn more about our school, you will find yourselves in discussions about multicultural education and diversity. Our academic content embraces a diversity of perspectives; our community embraces diversity among its members. This commitment to a diverse community and a multicultural curriculum is a matter of idealism about the kind of learning community we want Breck students to experience – and realism about the kind of world in which Breck graduates will live.
After all, at the end of their school years, Breck graduates enter a world where multiple points of view and experiences intersect. This happens at college, in the workplace, and in the many communities in which Breck graduates live and move throughout their lives. At Breck, our job is to help prepare students to meet the diversity and multiplicity of the real world.
And we have great teachers who help students prepare for their encounters with the world. The heart of the educational experience fundamentally is made up of the cumulative daily interactions, over months and years, between great teachers and avid students.
Breck teachers are dedicated, maintain a culture of high expectations and provide an extraordinary amount of individualized attention. We provide our faculty opportunities for professional development, encourage innovation, and reward great teaching. The result is that Breck is admired across the country for our success in developing and retaining some of the country’s most outstanding teachers.
Breck’s campus is notable for its beauty and for the fact that it houses the entire P-12 school in a single building. We think this provides students the best of both worlds. It provides a small-group environment where Lower, Middle, and Upper School students, respectively, can learn and interact with their cohorts. But it also affords students the opportunity to interact with other Breck students of all ages in an environment that is both stimulating and secure.
Within the pages our viewbook and on our website, we have attempted to capture a snapshot of our dynamic, multifaceted school. I hope that you will have ample opportunities to visit us and see Breck for yourself as you evaluate whether Breck is the right school for your family.
Head of School