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Fast Facts

Admissions Fast Facts

Admissions Main Contacts

Joe Surak – Director of Admissions/Exmissions
Telephone: 212-831-3667 Ext. 206
Email: joe@gillenbrewer.com

Julian Parham Santana – Admissions/Exmissions Officer
Telephone: 212-831-3667 Ext. 219
Email: julian@gillenbrewer.com

Admissions Requirements


  • Upon review of application GBS will schedule:
    • Preschool: 30 minute “playdate” with Director of Family Programs while parent/caregiver(s) meet with Head of School and/or Psychologist for Social History
    • Elementary School-Age: 1-hour interview: 30 minutes with Director of Family Programs and 30 minutes with a Program Director while parent/caregiver(s) meet with Head of School and/or Psychologist for Social History

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 must be between 3-4 years old by December 31st
  • Elementary School-Age students must be between 5-10 years old by December 31st

2018 – 2019 Tuition

Preschool -- 8:1:2
(8 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Assistant Teachers)
Elementary School-Age -- 10:1:2
(10 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Assistant Teachers)
Elementary School-Age -- 6:1:2
(6 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Assistant 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, our families follow two paths to seek tuition reimbursement from the NYC Department of Education (DOE). Families undergoing the tuition reimbursement process must secure an attorney.
  • The Gillen Brewer School values 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 Assistant Teachers)
  • School-Age Class Size: 6:1:2 (6 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Assistant Teachers)
    10:1:2 (10 students, 1 Head Teacher, 2 Assistant 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
  • 5 Full-Time Speech and Language Pathologists
  • 10 Head Teachers
  • 5 Full-Time Occupational Therapists
  • 21 Assistant Teachers
  • 5 Full-Time Doctorate-Level Psychologists
  • 3 Special Subject Teachers (Art, Music, Science)
  • 3 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

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