The Gillen Brewer School is founded by Laura Bilicic and Laurie Dubos as a school for children with significant learning challenges. The founders believed that a knowledgeable and informed family was invaluable to each child’s overall education. To underscore the importance of family, the school is named after the founders’ grandmothers, Mattie Gillen and Virginia Brewer.
The school opened with one student and added classes until it reached 48 students from Pre-K through 2nd Grade. Forty-eight students were housed in what had once been the servants’ quarters of a stately mansion on Park Avenue.
It soon became apparent that more room was needed, not only to accommodate more students, but also to house the ever expanding academic and therapeutic programs. Under the leadership of Board Chair, Henry B. Schacht, and newly appointed Head of School, Donna Kennedy, the school began a search for a new location.
The Gillen Brewer School moves to its current location at 410 East 92nd Street and increases to a capacity of 86 students.
Soon after moving into the new space, it was clear additional space was needed to provide our students with an appropriate sports program. Gillen Brewer School begins a partnership with Asphalt Green, a sports and fitness organization located two blocks away. Each year students are provided with at least three different sports activities, including swimming, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, martial arts, yoga, floor hockey, and baseball.
Gillen Brewer School accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools.
The school continues to uncover the specialness in every child, and currently has 88 students and 62 staff.