About Us

Fall Plan 2021

During this pandemic, teachers faced extraordinary challenges. At Nashoba Brooks, the teachers are enthusiastic, innovative, highly skilled and committed. They are operationalizing the school’s core values while gracefully navigating this “new normal.” They model inclusivity and resilience while advancing academic excellence for the students. Everyday, I hear stories from my child that reveal the joy, kindness and creativity the teachers bring to the classroom. While I have been inspired by the teachers in previous school years, I admire them even more now.

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Since February 2020, Nashoba Brooks School has been working closely with our partners in public health to provide safe and healthy learning experiences for our students. In March of 2020, we made a quick and highly successful transition to remote learning as mandated by the nationwide safe at home initiative. In the fall of 2020, we reconfigured our schedule, facilities, and infrastructure to provide a hyFlex learning model, through which all students who chose to do so could learn on campus, five days a week for the full year, while providing the flexibility families needed to manage COVID-related absences, and allow students to learn from home as needed. 

As we prepare for the start of the 2021-2022 academic year, our hyFlex model will build on our successes thus far, consider the progress made in understanding the virus, and leverage the strength of our partnerships with health and public safety and members of the Nashoba Brooks School community. We are thrilled that improving public health data will allow us greater flexibility in our programming this fall so that we can:
  • Increase use of specialized spaces such as art and music studios, gymnasiums, and the STEAM lab.
  • Provide team sports for grades 6-8.
  • Offer after-school activity options for all grade levels.
  • Provide direct, in-person instruction across disciplines thereby enhancing individual, group and differentiated support.
  • Preserve the flexible option of remote teaching and learning in COVID-related circumstances, as needed.

We also recognize that the public health situation in our state and our nation continues to change and evolve, so we continue to track the most current data trends and public health guidance as we finalize our plans for the fall. Some of the key areas that we are monitoring include:
  • Timing and availability of vaccinations for children under 12 since they constitute more than half of our student body.
  • Vaccination rates in our School and our state for those 12 and older.
  • Evolving data related to COVID-19 variants.
  • The importance of implementing and modeling appropriate risk mitigation strategies to protect our most vulnerable students as our flexibility increases.

Guided by our local and regional partners as well as the perspective and expertise of our professional networks, our hyFlex model is designed to provide high quality educational opportunities in a safe and healthy learning environment as well as the flexibility to manage and adjust to developing circumstances. We feel confident that no matter how things progress over the summer, we will be able to respond and adjust as needed to give our students opportunities to learn, grow, and enjoy school safely and productively. Our detailed plans for the 2021-2022 school year will be posted in mid-August and we encourage you to return to this site to review our final plans for the year.

Guiding Principles

Our Core Values
Integrity, collaboration, inclusivity, empathy, and resilience are at the heart of everything we do at Nashoba Brooks. These core values help us to define our work and relationships. They help our students build a perspective on their lives at School and in the world beyond our walls.

A Healthy, Safe Community
It is important for students to feel comfortable and safe at school so that they can be ready to learn. We plan to meet or exceed the Commonwealth’s health and safety guidelines for elementary and middle schools. Social and emotional awareness and well-being are also key components of a healthy community. Each of us—children and adults—need to take good care of ourselves so that we can help to take care of each other.

High Quality, Flexible Learning
Our teachers use a creative, collaborative, and student-centered approach to developing our program both on campus and online. Because each of us has differing needs, vulnerabilities, and circumstances, we will adapt as needed to maintain a high degree of student engagement and academic progress.

Shared Responsibility
Parents are an integral part of positive learning outcomes for students, both at home and in school. Our School-parent partnership is essential to creating a safe and healthy learning environment at Nashoba Brooks. The School and our parents both have important roles to play in helping our students to achieve their best. 

Equity and Transparency
In order to open School with confidence, it is important to lead with our core values. They will help us to maintain a climate of collaborative problem-solving, open communication, and trust, in which all members of our community feel supported, valued, and understood.
Situated on a beautiful 30-acre campus in historic Concord, Massachusetts, Nashoba Brooks School enrolls boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 3, and girls in Grades 4 through 8. Nashoba Brooks is an independent school designed to build community, character, and confidence in its students.
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