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Admissions Fast Facts


Admissions Main Contacts

Julian Parham Santana – Director of Admissions
Telephone: 212-831-3667 Ext. 219


Admissions Requirements

Upon review of application, GBS will request admissions videos and schedule playdates/interviews for students who may be appropriate.

Admissions Videos

  • Videos of prospective student engaged in activities per GBS guidelines

In-Person Playdates/Interviews

  • Attendees must show proof of vaccination or negative PCR test within 5 days prior to visit

Preschool: 30 minute “playdate” with a Program Director while parent/caregiver(s) meet with Admissions Team

Elementary School-Age: 30 minutes with a Program Director while parent/caregiver(s) meet with Admissions Team


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 5-10 years old and must be 5 years old by December 31st


2022 – 2023 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)




Please Note: Students who require additional services, such as medical accommodations, beyond those included in Gillen Brewer School’s base tuition may incur additional costs.


Tuition Support

  • The Gillen Brewer School does not offer financial aid, however, we value a socioeconomically diverse community. If your family requires tuition support, please contact the Admissions Team directly.

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
  • 86 students enrolled in preschool through elementary school
  • 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 but can also serve the greater NYC area
  • Cultural, racial, ethnic, religious, gender, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic diversity is welcomed and well-represented

Faculty/Staff Body

  • Over 60 faculty and staff
  • All of our Head Teachers and Therapists are NY State licensed
  • 4 Full-Time Speech and Language Pathologists
  • 10 Head Teachers
  • 4 Full-Time Occupational Therapists
  • 21 Associate Teachers
  • 4 Full-Time Doctorate-Level Psychologists
  • 3 Special Subject Teachers (Art, Music, Science)
  • 2 Nurses
  • 10 Administrative Staff


Curriculum Approach

  • School-Home Partnership Program, including:
    • Parent/Caregiver Support Groups, Parent/Caregiver Workshops, Sibling Workshops, Grandparents’ Day
    • Adherence to NY State Common Core Standards
    • Differentiated instruction to meet each student’s individual learning needs
    • Integrated multidisciplinary approach to engage students and make learning more meaningful


Curriculum Enrichment

  • Special subjects include Art, Music, and Science
  • Asphalt Green Sports Program – Activities have included:
    • Swimming, Gymnastics, Soccer, Basketball, Martial Arts, Yoga, Floor Hockey, Baseball
  • Students engage in numerous enrichment programs throughout the year such as:



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


Bus Service

  • Free door to door school bus pick-up and drop-off provided by the Office of Pupil Transportation (OPT) for eligible students


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
  • Exmissions Team works closely with families to secure the child’s next appropriate placement