Principal's Messages

  • Bear Essentials #3

    Please read Bear Essentials #3!

    Brown School Principal
  • Bear Essentials #2

    Dear Brown School Family Member,

    Bear Essentials #2 can be found HERE.

    Take care,

    Dr. Angela, Principal

    Brown School Principal
  • Bear Essentials #1

    Dear Brown School Family Member,

    Please check out the first edition of our reformatted weekly newsletter, Bear Essentials.

    See you soon!

    Dr. Angela, Principal

    Brown School Principal
  • Sign Up for School Messenger

    School Messenger is the new phone, email and text messaging system used by Brown and JCPS to communicate our weekly newsletter, school cancellations, and safety alerts to you. We will no longer be using Remind to share this information. The following process will show you how to enter your contact information, set your preferences and “opt in” to continue receiving these messages from JCPS and/or your child’s school.

    If you are a JCPS employee only, please click HERE for opt-in instructions. 

    If you are a JCPS parent or a JCPS employee AND parent, you may opt in by texting the letter "Y" to 67587.

    If you are a Brown School student, please click HERE to sign up.

    If you'd like to customize the type of communications you'd like to receive on your phone or email, visit and create an account. You can also set up and manage your contact information and preferences by downloading the [Blue] SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. If you have any issues with the attached instructions or require further assistance, please call the JCPS Technology Service Desk at (502) 485-3552.

    Brown School Principal
  • Volunteers Needed!

    Dear Brown School parents/guardians,

    We need your help to make our registration sessions as efficient and effective as possible. Would you please volunteer? You can sign up HERE. We will show you exactly what you will be doing at your table. I promise, it's easy.

    Happy summer,

    Dr. Angela, Principal


    Brown School Principal
  • Weekly Message #39

    Read the last Brown School Weekly Message of the 2018-19 school year! Weekly Message #39 can be found HERE.

    Happy summer!

    Brown School Principal

Angela Parsons, Ph.D., Principal

Dear Brown School Family,  

As principal of the J. Graham Brown School, I am energized and deeply committed to making a positive difference in the lives of your children. I'm honored and thrilled to lead a dynamic school community where teachers and staff cultivate an atmosphere where students achieve and believe in themselves, and family members are actively engaged! Your input, feedback, and support are critical to my leadership of the teaching and learning environment, and above all to the success of your child in our school.

My excitement comes from working with young people and their families for the past 20 years. This is my 12th year as a member of the J. Graham Brown School family, where I've served as the principal, assistant principal, and proud parent. As an instructional leader, my vision involves building a positive school culture where shared leadership and decision making are valued, while honoring the legacy and spirit of Brown's history. Without a doubt, I believe that all students will learn and perform at high levels when given an effective, nurturing learning environment; teachers are provided equitable resources and support systems; and parents are embraced as school community members.

At the Brown, the focus of our Self-Directed Learning environment is two-fold. First, we provide an academically rigorous curriculum where students are expected to perform at a level that may seem to be beyond their limits. However, we do so in an environment in which it's okay to not be perfect the first time you try something. Sometimes, students are afraid to take risks for fear of failure; we teach students that learning happens through perseverance, self-responsibility, constructive criticism, and work ethic. Secondly, we understand that ultimately we want all our students to contribute to the greater good. For that reason, our value system is based on a culture of tolerance, compassion, and mutual respect. As a magnet school, our academic program is driven by four themes: Independence, Empathy, Initiative, and Innovation. Graduates of the J. Graham Brown School are college-bound young people who will go on to make a positive impact on our global society. Our hope is that all Brown School students forge "reasoned minds and educated hearts" of self-directed life-long learners.

Our academic performance is impressive. All three levels of our school are consistently ranked among the top schools in our district, state, and nation. The Kentucky Department of Education gave all levels of our school a distinguished rating, and labeled us a School of Distinction. We have been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a gold and silver level school numerous times. Each year we produce a high percentage of Governor's Scholars, and participants in both the Governor's School for the Arts and Governor's School for Entrepreneurs. We have National Merit Semi-Finalists and Finalists. Our students competed in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, attended the Gatton Academy and the Craft Academy, served as student interns at the Brown Cancer Center, and eleven of our seniors over the past four years earned over $1 million in scholarships each! Brown School students consistently win state and national level writing and visual art contests, and earn distinguished ratings for their musical performances. Our juniors and seniors enroll in dual-credit courses at several local colleges and universities. Athletically, we bring home trophies and regional/state titles in several sports and have student athletes each year go on to compete at the collegiate level. However, our greatest strength lies in the Brown School's unique culture, which makes it possible for students to feel welcomed and valued as members of our school family.

We embrace the challenges of the future while we continue to cherish and celebrate the traditions of the past. Our remarkable staff, involved parents, and committed students come together to make the J. Graham Brown School a wonderful and unique place. I'm looking forward to working with all Brown School family members as we advance through an academically successful school year.

Very truly yours,

Dr. Angela