May 24Campus Voices
BB&N Quick Facts
BB&N engages boys and girls from Beginners (pre-K) through grade 12 in a rich and invigorating educational experience of the highest quality, opening their minds to new possibilities while providing outstanding preparation for the next steps of their lives.
Founded: Buckingham School founded in 1889
Browne & Nichols School founded in 1883
Buckingham Browne & Nichols formed by merger in 1974
Head of School: Rebecca T. Upham
Location: Three separate campuses within Cambridge, MA
1,006 total students
323 Lower School (grades B-6)
164 Middle School (grade 7 & 8)
519 Upper School (grades 9-12)
26% students of color
91 towns of origin represented in BB&N's schoolwide student body
Admission Statistics: Approximately 900 applications for approximately 150 places.
Upper School: 5.9 to 1*
Middle School: 5.3 to 1*
Lower School: 6.7 to 1*
*These counts represent all teachers and professionals at each campus who are primarily involved in the School’s curriculum and the support of learning. 83 percent have advanced degrees.
Average Class Size:
Upper School: 11.7 students/class*
*This count does not include study halls, peer counseling, and sexuality & relationships seminars. It does include large musical ensembles as well as independent studies.
Middle School: 13 students/class
Lower School: 20 students in homerooms; 10 students in math & language arts classes; 10 students in specialty classes (art, computer, etc.)
Financial Aid: $6,265,000 to 23% percent of the student body (230 students)*
*This is an all-school number, comprising all three campuses at the School. Percentages vary at each campus (28% of Upper School students, 24% of Middle School students, and 13% of Lower School students currently receive aid).
Average Financial Aid Grant: $27,240
College Counseling: 4 counselors available for guidance
College Matriculation: Graduates from the Class of 2012 entered 61 different colleges and universities
Libraries: BB&N has 4 libraries on its three campuses. Each campus uses the Follett Destiny Server, which allows for web-based access to the entire school catalog. BB&N is a member of two library consortia (including a group of 14 independent schools in the Boston area that have merged their catalogs and loan books to one another) and currently subscribes to 14 online databases.
Operating Budget: $31.5 million
Annual Giving: $2.6 million during 2011-12 year