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.

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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  • 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.

MB in All Seasons

MB 4 seasons time-lapse

Watch all four seasons in this fun time-lapse video capturing our campus in winter, spring, summer, and fall!

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