Living at Brooks
While Brooks enjoys a pastoral setting overlooking Lake Cochichewick, it's anything but sleepy. The active campus remains bustling at all hours of the day and into the night as students from all over the United States, and the world, come together as one community.
In the last five years, Brooks has enrolled students hailing from 29 states and 26 countries. In a single dorm, you might find a freshman from Afghanistan, Germany, or Japan, or a senior from California, Kentucky or Wisconsin. (You can find a full list of the geographic distribution of our student body on the Facts and Figures page.)
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A full 70 percent of students live at Brooks, some from neighboring communities, others from across the globe.
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Dorm parents regularly serve up home-cooked meals, play games, and hang out with the boarders in their dorm.
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Members of Brooks' current school community hail from Africa, Asia, Europe and other regions.
From decorating their rooms to studying with friends, students feel comfortable, safe, and happy living at Brooks.
Day students are welcome and included in the activities offered to our boarders — and there are many. During the week students bustle from club meetings to afternoon activities. On weekends, they enjoy trips to restaurants, to the movies and to local malls, as well as gathering with friends for campus parties and activities planned by our active (and really creative!) Community Activities Board. Some highlights? Cookie Dough at the Head of School's house, coffeehouse entertainment, dances, the annual Lip Sync contest, Drive-In Movie Night, and Woodstock—Brooks-style.
Boarding students quickly bond with their classmates in the dorm. After check-in at 11 p.m. on Saturday nights, for example, dorm parents host parties for residents, giving boarders the chance to relax and gather together for ice cream sundaes, doughnuts, and other treats. One of the highlights of our annual Field Day is the competitions between the dorms. See photos from the fun event on brooksschoolphotos.com.
"Our Saturday night dorm parties are a good time to hang out with your dorm parents, watch sports on TV, and unwind. Plus, who doesn't look forward to getting a home-cooked meal?"Bryan Sutherlin '15
Surrounded by Support
Dorm parents play a special role in the lives of Brooks boarders, serving as a touchstone and mentor — while also teaching in the classroom and coaching after school. Willie Waters '02 is a dorm parent in Chace House (and a history teacher and dean of students). He and his wife Susanna Waters (history teacher and academic dean) often make Buffalo wings or brownies for the boarders living with them. The couple's annual holiday card features their two children, their dog, and the 22 boys living with them. At least two faculty members live in each residence, and dorm prefects are appointed to work with the younger students and help them feel welcome as they adjust to living away from home.
Space to Study
The dorms are also a place to study and learn. On weeknights and Sunday evening, dorms are quiet for study hours between 8 and 10 p.m. Third-formers have assigned study hall in the Science Forum. For more information about the rules and guidelines at Brooks School, see our 2018-2019 Student Handbook. Most fourth- and fifth-formers study in the dorm and sixth-formers are free to study outside of the dorm.
Array of Options
Every year, students have the opportunity to live in a new dorm, if they choose. Each house offers a mix of single and double rooms. The school has 10 dormitories, five each for girls and boys, and a place for everyone.
"I was nervous to be a boarding student. But the night I moved in, my roommate and I talked and got to know each other, and after that the dorm became my home away from home."
Amelia Burke '17