About Moses Brown

Born a Baptist, Moses Brown became a convinced Quaker later in life, and thenceforth devoted his great intellect, business acumen, and political skill to issues of economic development and social justice.  One of America’s leading abolitionists, and the godfather of America’s Industrial Revolution, in 1784 he championed the opening of a school that would educate Quaker children–and non-Quakers–with ethical values at the center of their experience.

Over 230 years later, Moses Brown School is still fulfilling that vision.

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At Moses Brown, 111 faculty members serve roughly 775 boys and girls ages 3-18, with a student-to-teacher ratio of 8:1.  With $4 million awarded annually in need-based financial aid, roughly one quarter of students receive some kind of financial support from the school.  They enjoy 33 wooded acres in urban Providence, as well as an additional 20 acres of athletic fields in nearby Rehoboth, Mass.  And with 25% of our student body being people of color, our community matches the demographics of our drawing area.


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  • Campus


    Founded by a convinced Quaker and passionate abolitionist in 1784, Moses Brown is the oldest school in Rhode Island.  For over 200 years, it has taught children to make the most of their individual talents for the good of others.  With an unwavering focus on values, MB provides students with an environment that nourishes their intellectual, physical, and spiritual growth.

    With the gift of forty acres of land, Moses established a learning environment that would give children ample room to learn and play.  Even as the city of Providence grew and expanded, this preserve of green space has been a refuge from the bustle of city life for many generations.

    Of course, the campus has grown over the intervening years, adding state-of-the-art facilities, upgraded essential infrastructure, and annexed additional playing fields in nearby Rehoboth, Massachusetts.

    There is no other campus in Providence that gives students such a rich experience–athletic fields, learning and library spaces, performance halls, forested glades, and plenty of open green space in which to study, relax, or enjoy a game of Frisbee with friends.

  • Diversity


    Moses Brown was one of the leading abolitionists of colonial America, and in establishing the school that now bears his name, he insisted that it be open to boys and girls of all religious affiliations.  The concept around which everything revolves at Moses Brown is the Quaker belief that every person has a divine Inner Light and is equally deserving of love and respect.

    In every class, in every grade, we push children to understand the powerful psychological forces that affect our friendships, our school, and our nation.  We teach them to see these dynamics at work, and to bring their best selves forward in advocating and standing up for a society that is fair and just.

    These lessons are woven throughout the year, providing constant reminders that the core principle of our Quaker tradition–that everyone has an Inner Light and deserves respect–leads us to strive for a community that is fair and just, and that receives the benefits of diverse contributors.

  • Sustainability


    One of the core values of Quakerism is that of stewardship–taking care of the places and things we have been given for the good of those who will follow us. We exercise our stewardship through a student, faculty, and institutional commitment to environmental and economic sustainability.

    The Sustainability Committee is made up of volunteers who strive to educate our community about environmental literacy and to identify and implement sustainable practices. Students work to reduce waste, compost, and recycle as much as possible, and to make use of renewable energy, including the 50kw solar installation on the Operations Building and Hoffman House. Additionally, through a partnership with Newport Biodiesel, we recycle the cooking oil used in our kitchen.

    Moses Brown was recently awarded Green Ribbon School status by the U.S. Department of Education in recognition of these practices and more.  From Moses Brown’s high-efficiency heating plant to reflective roofing, LED motion-sensing lights, runoff abatement, and LEED-standard practices in the Woodman Family Community & Performance Center, Moses Brown has made ecological sustainability a priority in many business decisions.

  • Parents Association

    Parents Association

    Moses Brown has a vigorous Parents Association (PA) that supports the educational mission of the school.

    (Current parents can get detailed PA information on MyMB.)

    The Parents’ Association encourages to attend the three interactive all-school meetings during the year:

    • Wednesday, September 20
    • Wednesday, February 14
    • Wednesday, May 16

    (each held 8:15-9:45 in the Sinclair Room)

    Division-specific PA meetings are open to all:

    • Lower school–first Friday morning of the month at 8:20 a.m.
    • Middle school–first Thursday at 8:15 a.m.
    • Upper school–first Wednesday at 8:15 a.m.

    Moses Brown Parents’ Association 2017 – 2018 Events for Parents

    Ladies’ Night Out
    Wednesday, October 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Walter Jones Library

    Catch up with old friends and make new ones at this casual, fun evening for the women of MB. Enjoy a book swap, beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the door – registration www.mosesbrown.org/ladiesnightoutComplimentary tickets are available: please contact Hugh Madden.

    Cindy Pierce – presentation for parents
    Wednesday, October 11, 7:00-8:30 p.m. in the Woodman Center (6:00 book signing, meet & greet)

    Social sexuality educator and comic storyteller Cindy Pierce gives students perspective and information to help them better navigate cultural, media and peer pressure. Weaving together expert opinions, personal anecdotes, and real feedback from today’s college and high school students, Cindy helps make “difficult” conversations a little less difficult for everyone. After meeting with upper and middle school students during the day, she offers a fun, funny, and informative presentation for parents.

    MB Expo
    Harvest Dinner
    Friday, October 20, 5:00 p.m.
    Open House and Homecoming
    Saturday, October 21, 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    Book Fair
    Thursday, December 7 and Friday, December 8 in Walter Jones Library
    All School PA Meeting
    Wednesday, February 14, 8:15 – 9:45 a.m. in Sinclair Room
    MBe There
    Saturday, April 21 in the Woodman Center
    Visiting Poet Tracy K. Smith
    Friday, April 27, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Woodman Center
    All School PA Meeting
    Wednesday, May 16, 8:15 – 9:45 a.m. in Sinclair Room 

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