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Dexter Southfield School
20 Newton St     
Brookline, Massachusetts  02445  
Private/Independent School
Coed Day pre-k 12 882 students


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Just the Facts: 2015-2016

Grades: Pre-Kindergarten through Class 12
  • 2018-19 Enrollment: 882 
  • Students come from more than 65 communities in eastern Massachusetts.
  • Transportation to and from school is provided by our fleet of faculty-driven school buses from central locations throughout Greater Boston, Metro-West, and the South Shore.
Faculty and Staff
  • Total teaching faculty: 104
Campus Facilities
  • 36-acre campus, located on the Brookline-Boston line
  • The Clay Center for Science and Technology is a state-of-the-art astronomical observatory and learning center operated by Dexter Southfield School. In addition to the observatory's seven research-grade telescopes, this five-story building contains sophisticated computer and science labs, a multimedia lecture hall, classrooms, campus dining, meeting spaces, and a solar roof deck.
  • The Athletics Arena and Kraft Fieldhouse is a new, state-of-the-art athletics facility with an ice rink that doubles as an indoor turf field in the off-season, and a multi-purpose fieldhouse that is home to basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts as well as an athletic training facility, weight room, and strength and conditioning center. The School's additional athletic facilities include: a new, state-of-the-art turf field for football, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse, newly renovated baseball and softball fields, an indoor swimming pool. a dance studio, and two additional outdoor fields (one turf, one grass). The School's rowing center is located on the Charles River in Dedham, four miles away from campus.
  • The Playscape, located in the woods behind the Arts Center courtyard, was designed to promote imaginative and creative play, to help connect students to nature, and to integrate play with the science curriculum. It combines landscape elements, forts, sand boxes, climbing structures, waterscapes, gardens, music, art and natural materials.
  • Student/Teacher Ratio: 7:1
  • Regular, Honors, and Advanced Placement sections are offered in all major disciplines.
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) curriculum begins in the lower grades (as early as PK). There are several STEM elective courses offered in the upper school.
  • The School uses an Advisor System in the middle and upper schools. Each student is assigned an advisor who checks in with them on a weekly basis.
  • In 2014-15, 76 students sat for 13 Advanced Placement (AP) exams; 16 students were named AP Scholars
  • Class 12 students have the opportunity to work off-campus each spring on Senior Projects. 
  • The School's dedicated arts complex provides students with centralized art instruction, resources, and classroom/studio space.
  • There are 20 fine and performing arts courses offered in the Upper School, including drawing, painting, woodworking, digital photography, sculpture, music theory, advanced acting, among others.
  • There are two a capella groups, two instrumental ensembles, two choirs, two glee clubs, an orchestra, jazz band, and student-led Jam Club.
  • After-school private music lessons are available for individualized student instruction and are taught by professional musicians from throughout the Greater Boston area.
  • There are several theatrical productions each year, including a Class 6 play, a Middle School play, an Upper School musical and an Upper School winter play. Students can work with the stage crew or audition for roles.
  • There is an Upper School Dance Team and opportunities for student choreographers in productions.
  • In 2014-15, the School partnered with the Museum of Fine Arts Boston to provide upper school students the opportunity to be trained as docents.
  • 63 interscholastic teams; 17 team sports
  • All students in grades PK-2 take several physical education classes each week.
  • Students in Classes 3 through 6 participate in nine different intramural sports: soccer, flag football/field hockey, track and field, ice hockey, basketball, swimming, baseball/softball, tennis, and lacrosse.
  • 31 middle school teams compete.
  • Collegiate athletes: 17 students from the Class of 2018 were recruited to play collegiate athletics.
  • 2017-2018 New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) All-Stars: 21 student-athletes (12 boys, 9 girls)
  • 2017-2018 Postseason Play: 13 teams
  •    Boys' Varsity Baseball: NESPAC Small School Champions for third consecutive year
  •    Boys' Varsity Basketball: NEPSAC Class C Champions (first title)
  •    Boys' Varsity Hockey: NEPSAC Elite 8; advanced to NEPSAC Semi-Finals
  •    Boys' Rowing: Qualified for NEIRA Championships
  •    Girls' Rowing: Qualified for NEIRA Championships
  •    Girls' and Boys' Swim: Qualified for New England Division III Championships with a season record of 12-2 and breaking 19 of 22 school records   (Boys placed 6th overall, girls placed 4th overall)
Student Life
  • Public Speaking plays a significant role for Dexter Southfield students from the time they arrive in Kindergarten through Class 12.
  • There are more than 25 student clubs and organizations in the upper school
  • The View is the student-run newspaper; the Drumlin is the student-run literary arts magazine.
  • The College Counseling Office works with students and families in the Upper School and provides a number of informational sessions throughout the year for the entire School community.
  • The college acceptance list shows impressive results, including Bates, Boston College, Bowdoin, UCLA, Colgate, Davidson, Duke, George Washington, Georgetown, Harvard, John Hopkins, McGill, U. Michigan, Middlebury, MIT, Ohio Wesleyan, Princeton, U. of St. Andrews, Syracuse, Stanford, Union, and U. Chicago. 
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