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Message from the Head of School

Welcome, and thank you for your interest in the Gillen Brewer School!

The Gillen Brewer School is committed to educating and supporting our students to become confident, independent and engaged learners. We place a particular emphasis on partnering with our families in order to provide a nurturing and supportive environment. We strive for children to feel accepted and to develop the necessary skills for lifelong learning and independence.

In 1992, Gillen Brewer opened its doors to serve preschool children with special needs. Over the course of 28 years, I have watched Gillen Brewer grow to serving 82 preschool and school-age students ages 2.8-10 years old. Gillen Brewer has been proud to offer a year-round, comprehensive and therapeutic program that has impacted thousands of lives.

It has been an honor to serve a diverse group of students and their families over the past 28 years, and we are proud of the hard work we have done to serve this population. We have also expanded our program to serve more students who require a smaller class size.

Over the past two years, we have been engaged in a series of strategic planning efforts to define Gillen Brewer’s goals and direction for the future. These discussions have taken into consideration the best way to continue carrying out our mission and uncover the specialness in every child. We do this while optimistically looking toward a future of growth and sustainability.

To learn more about Gillen Brewer, I invite you to watch our school video, and our 2020 Benefit video.


Donna Kennedy
Head of School