The Newman School of Boston, celebrating its 75 anniversary in the heart of the Back Bay of Boston, is a welcoming vibrant learning community.   From grades 7-12, Newman's middle and high school years International Baccalaureate curriculum (IB) is the point of entry for curious, independent, outward-looking students.  

Newman School has gracefully transitioned leadership this school year with the retirement of Headmaster J. Harry Lynch, who provided exceptional leadership for 35 years, to Michael Schafer, a proven leader in independent schools in greater Boston and New England independent schools.

 Mike is energized by Newman and his return to Boston, where he worked for fifteen years in school leadership roles at Belmont Hill School and Middlesex School.  He excelled for fifteen years as Head of School at Kimball Union, strengthening curriculum, the student experience and increasing the school’s admissions and the endowment tenfold.  “Boston has always been my home.  For me, the draw to Newman is natural - a forward looking civic and global-minded school serving a wide range of learners that is open and accessible, innovative and broad thinking. Newman's motto is ‘Heart Speaks to Heart.  This says it all.  Newman is known for its deep relationships, committed faculty, and partnerships with education organizations across the city and the world.  Newman provides students with a co-curricular program of deep inquiry, knowledge, skills and reflection to engage and contribute beyond the classroom.”

Newman’s commitment to growth and development for all is evidenced by being fully open for “heart speaks to heart” learning.  Over 90% of our faculty and students are engaged in the learning process live and in person, every day. We have partnered with the YMCA of Boston and Parks and Recreation among others to provide community service and sports and clubs. Come see what else is new at Newman!



Michael J. Schafer

Head of School