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Admissions Fast Facts

Admissions Main Contact

Susan Finkelstein, M.S., CCC-SLP
Assistant Director of Admissions

Telephone: 212-831-3667 x 207

Open Houses

  • Please refer to our Open House Registration Page for a listing of our open houses and to register
  • Open Houses are by appointment and for adults only

Upon Acceptance

  • Non-refundable tuition deposit
  • Signed Enrollment Contract

Age Requirements

  • Preschool students range from 2.8-5 years old and must be 3 years old by October 31st
  • Elementary School-Age students range from 5-11 years old and must be 5 years old by December 31st

2023 – 2024 Tuition

Program Tuition
Preschool -- 8:1:2
(8 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Associate Teachers)
Elementary School-Age -- 10:1:2
(10 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Associate Teachers)
Elementary School-Age -- 6:1:2
(6 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Associate Teachers)


Tuition Support

  • The Gillen Brewer School values a socioeconomically diverse community. If your family requires tuition support, please contact the Admissions Team directly to discuss.


Gillen Brewer Fast Facts

History in Brief

  • The Gillen Brewer School was founded in 1992
  • Named after the founders’ grandmothers, Mattie Gillen and Virginia Brewer, to underscore the importance of family

Student Body

  • Student body is comprised of children who are challenged in the areas of speech and language, gross and fine motor skills, sensory, learning, and social/emotional development
  • Capacity for 82 students
  • Preschool Class Size: 8:1:2 (8 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Associate Teachers)
  • School-Age Class Size: 6:1:2 (6 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Associate Teachers)
    10:1:2 (10 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Associate Teachers)
  • Our current student body hails from 4 out of 5 boroughs, and GBS can also serve the greater NYC area
  • Cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic diversity is welcomed and well-represented

Gillen Brewer Staff

Gillen Brewer employs teachers and therapists who offer a wealth of professional experiences and levels of certifications from Bachelor’s degrees through Doctorate level certifications. Every Gillen Brewer employee values a fully integrated, academic-therapeutic approach to education and intervention, and is committed to the mission and vision of the school.


  • School-Home Partnership
  • Differentiated instruction to meet each student’s individual learning needs
  • Integrated multidisciplinary approach to engage students and make learning more meaningful

Specials & Community Partnerships

  • Special subjects include: Art, MusicScience, Technology, Library and Physical Education
  • Art Farm in the City and Asphalt Green


  • Allergy-aware facility
  • Building designed for children with sensory and learning issues
  • Art Studio
  • 2 Sensory Gyms
  • Rooftop Playground
  • Dedicated Therapy Rooms
  • Music/Multipurpose Room
  • Library
  • Nurse’s Office

School Hours

Doors Open: 8:15 AM
Class Starts: 8:30 AM (Preschool - School-Age)
Dismissal: 2:00 PM (Preschool), 2:30 PM (School-Age)

Life After Gillen Brewer

  • GBS works with families and students to instill self-confidence and build a strong foundation for lifelong learning and independence
  • Transition Staff prepares students for the process and transition of moving on to another setting
  • Dedicated School Exmissions Officer works closely with families to secure the child’s next appropriate placement