De-Brewsterization is the process by which students regain administrative control of their laptops while removing Brewster’s administrative account and licensed software. This process has been designed to quickly disassociate student owned computers from Brewster’s management polices while making sure that they keep ALL of their files and any additional software added over the course of the year that is NOT licensed to Brewster Academy. All student owned computers must be De-Brewsterized at the end of the school year or upon the end of a student’s tenure with Brewster Academy barring special approval.

Here are the high points!

  • Your files will STAY on your computer – De-brewsterization DOES NOT delete your personal files!
  • Any applications you’ve added legally, will remain on your computer!
  • You will be an Administrator of your computer again!
  • Your computer account and password will stay the same!

The following software titles are licensed to Brewster Academy and will be removed during this process:

  • Graphical Analysis
  • iFlash
  • Inspiration
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Logger Pro
  • Office 2016
    • Word
    • Excel
    • PowerPoint
  • Safe Exam Browser
  • Cylance
  • PaperCut Client
  • VPN

Optional Software that you may have installed will also be removed during this process:

  • Adobe CC Suite
    • Photoshop
    • InDesign
    • Illustrator
    • etc…
  • FinalCut
  • RehearScore

How does this process work? Technically… don’t worry about it. Unless you are super interested and then we’d be happy to explain. Realistically, you (the student) will be directed to the Kenison Library or the “Cooper Center”, at a specific time prior to graduation. You will need your laptop of course. You will be directed to your De-Brewsterization location by your team faculty. Upon arrival someone from ITD will ask you to quit any open applications and save any files that are open. At this point you will open Self-Service. A new policy titled “De-Brewsterize 16-17” will be on your main page. Click install and then click install again on the popup window. In about 5 minutes your computer will restart and you will log in using your ‘student’ name and password. That’s it! Your computer is completely yours again, with our restrictions and software removed!

Please note that if you are a returning underclassmen you will be Brewsterizing your computer again in the fall! Unlike De-Brewsterization, Brewsterization will completely erase your computer and load all of the software you will need on the first day of classes. PLEASE make sure that you backup your computer PRIOR to arriving at Brewster Academy in the fall. You will not have time to do so during orientation and the schedule is far too tight for IT to assist you in doing so. Additionally you will need to register your computer (even if you intend on bringing the same one) on your parents’ portal page before August 15th. If you have any questions over the summer please contact Brewster’s ITD at 603-569-7000 or email