Brown School students working together


Built in 1900, the Brown School is the oldest elementary school in Somerville. The Brown offers a small school, family atmosphere with a strong emphasis on preparing students to excel academically and personally, providing them with the tools to become productive and positive members of society.

Some of the Learning Opportunities Offered at the Brown School

Extensive student participation in the string, band, and chorus programs for students in grades 3-5

K-5 Features numerous teacher-led clubs, such as Roots and Shoots (service club), Book Club and Chorus. 

Nature's Classroom learning experience for 5th grade students 

K-5 Social-Emotional curriculum called Second Step for all students

K-5 developmentally appropriate afterschool programming for all students. Learning at the Brown continues well past the afternoon bell with a variety of afterschool programs and enrichment opportunities for students, including academic support, creative arts, and sports.

School report card

The Brown School regularly reports demographic and student progress data to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). This data is used to develop the annual No Child Left Behind progress report card for the Brown School. The 2018 school report card for the Brown School is available on the DESE website.


School Administration

Principal: Shawn MaGuire

Benjamin G. Brown School (K-5)
Principal Shawn Maguire
201 Willow Avenue
Somerville, MA 02144
To report that your student will be absent, call 617-629-5620
617-629-5620 (internal extension: 6400)
617-625-4258 (fax)
School Hours
8:10am - 2:35pm
BOKS Program - 7:10-7:50am T, W, TH
Free school breakfast served every morning at 7:30 AM