Mission Statement

Moses Brown, a Friends school, exists to inspire the inner promise of each

student and instill the utmost care for learning, people, and place.

Founded in 1784, Moses Brown is an independent, college preparatory school, enrolling 765 boys and girls, nursery through grade 12. The school's founder — an innovative thinker, philanthropist, and entrepreneur named Moses Brown — envisioned a progressive school that defined excellence. Today, his school continues to help children reach their full potential, academically, spiritually, and athletically.

The MB community is committed to the following:

We engage all constituents in the collaborative process of nurturing students’ growth and supporting their aspirations. We foster self-discovery, learning for its own sake, resourcefulness, and compassion.
  • Friends Education: Promoting academic excellence, scholarship, and service to others within the framework of a vigorous curriculum, a broad offering of arts and athletics, and a life strongly rooted in the Quaker practices of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.
  • Leadership and Character: Fostering personal achievement and fulfillment, guiding all members of the school community to become informed, compassionate, and engaged global citizens, capable of leading in an ever-changing world. 
  • Community: Building a diverse community that respects all voices, perspectives, and cultures. Honoring the intrinsic value of each person influences our decision making, connects us in essential ways, and merits our full attention.
  • Reflection and Discovery: Creating an atmosphere that promotes reflection and joy in learning — one that inspires students to accept challenges, take pride in their accomplishments, and discover their missions in the world. 
  • Sustainability: Instilling a respect for the right sharing of the earth’s resources by demonstrating regard for the environment, both locally and globally. 
  • Wellness: Developing our students’ personal, social, and physical well-being through individual and collaborative experiences that promote a healthy community and school culture.

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  • Friends Education

    The belief that there is something sacred in us all dwells at the very heart of Friends education. The "Inner Light," as it is often called, guides teachers and students in their pursuit of simplicity, equality, and personal truth. Nurturing rather than dogmatic, a Friends school challenges students to reflect upon and articulate their conclusions about firsthand experience in the classroom and outside of it. Student-centered classrooms and a proactive mentoring system encourage children to grow into conscientious scholars and socially aware people.
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  • The Setting

    On one peaceful campus, Moses Brown School includes three developmentally distinct schools: lower, middle, and upper.
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  • MB's Diversity Mission Statement

    As a Friends school, we adhere to the Quaker tenet that every human being possesses a unique inner light reflecting dignity and worth. Our mission is to support education and teaching within our community by initiating activities and discussions that promote understanding and respect. We are responsible for building an environment of trust where each individual can feel safe. We are committed to the challenge of confronting issues of injustice, discrimination and intolerance.

Quick Facts

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  • >Moses Brown is an independent Quaker day school, founded in 1784.

  • >Come explore our 50 acre campus including 30 acres on the East Side of Providence and 20 acres of playing fields in nearby Rehoboth.

  • >Current enrollment (2016-2017) is 775 boys and girls, grades N-12.

  • >Lower School enrollment: 195, Middle School enrollment: 170, Upper School enrollment: 410

  • >Twenty-two percent of our student population are students of color.

  • >Moses Brown awards more than $3.7 million annually in need based financial aid.

  • >Twenty-four percent of our student population receives need-based financial aid.

  • >Moses Brown has 111 faculty members (105 full-time and 6 part-time faculty members).

  • >The student-to-teacher ratio is 8:1.

  • >99% of the senior class continue on to four-year colleges.

  • >60% of Middle School students participate in instrumental music and/or chorus.

  • >100% of Middle School students take a semester long drama class.

  • >100% of Upper School students participate in the co-curricular program.

  • >Nine Moses Brown students were selected to the 2015-2016 All New England Band Festival and thirteen students were selected to participate in the RIMEA (Rhode Island Music Education Association’s All-State Festival).

    Moses Brown students performed in violin, viola, trombone, French horn, euphonium, clarinet, cello, bassoon, baritone saxophone, and chorus (alto and soprano).
  • >Ten Moses Brown students were named recipients of the 2016 Rhode Island Arts Education Association’s Scholastic Arts Awards.

    The competition was open to students in grades 7-12 from public and private schools.
  • >Moses Brown student athletes compete at a high level in 25 sports within the Rhode Island Interscholastic League.

  • >A Moses Brown varsity sports team was awarded the sportsmanship award for the sixth consecutive year in 2015-2016.

  • >Boys and girls sports teams have won championships in everything from field hockey and ice hockey to softball and lacrosse, garnering more than five dozen titles in the last ten years.

  • >Moses Brown’s mascot is the Quaker.

  • >Moses Brown school colors are blue and white.