About Us

From the Head of School

Every day, Nashoba Brooks students arrive at school excited to see their teachers and friends and ready to engage in dynamic learning activities.
Welcome to the Nashoba Brooks website. As you explore the site, I hope you will begin to see what makes Nashoba Brooks School an exceptional place to learn and grow. We are dedicated to providing an outstanding educational experience for our students. Our mission is at the heart of what we do and our core values — integrity, collaboration, inclusivity, empathy, and resilience — shape the experience of each member of our community on a daily basis. These are not simply words on a page: they stretch our thinking, they grow with us, and they inspire our work at every level every day.

Nashoba Brooks is a true learning community where every member is dedicated to continuous learning and growth. We are incredibly proud of the work we do, and we are never complacent. Our teachers, students, and parents view learning as a shared endeavor that is enhanced by strong partnerships, collaboration, and modeling. Our teachers are highly trained in the science and art of child development, teaching, and learning. Perhaps even more importantly, they are committed to this work as a lifelong pursuit. Our teachers are not only informed by good practices in the field, they are dedicated to advancing this work at Nashoba Brooks and beyond.

Following the model of their teachers, Nashoba Brooks students are exceptionally capable, confident, curious, and creative citizens and leaders at Nashoba Brooks, in their next schools, and in their communities. They graduate with the belief and the knowledge that they can affect positive change in the world. And they do.

There is no better way to understand Nashoba Brooks School than to experience it for yourself. When you visit the School, you will feel the energy and enthusiasm of our students and teachers as they take on learning challenges both in and outside the classroom.

We hope you will visit us soon!

Danielle B. Heard
Head of School

About Danielle Heard

Ms. Heard joined Nashoba Brooks in 2008 as the Assistant Head of School and was appointed Head of School after a national search in 2012. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and a master’s degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a Klingenstein fellow at Columbia University Teachers College and completed the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School. She has been working in and with independent schools in a variety of roles since 1991. 

Ms. Heard is active in various volunteer capacities including serving on the Boards of Trustees for Belmont Hill School and the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS). She has also served on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Independent Schools of New England.

Situated on a beautiful 30-acre campus in historic Concord, Massachusetts, Nashoba Brooks School serves 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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