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.


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


Three separate campuses within Cambridge, Mass.


1,003 total students

329 Lower School (grades B-6)

167 Middle School (grade 7 & 8)

507 Upper School (grades 9-12)

Student Demographics

511 girls

492 boys

36% students of color

84 towns of origin represented in BB&N's schoolwide student body

Admission Statistics

Approximately 900 applications for approximately 150 places.

Teacher/Student Ratio

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.)

Global Online Academy

BB&N has joined Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of over 50 leading independent schools throughout the U.S. and abroad that will offer our students the opportunity to learn alongside peers across the country as well as the world. Click here to learn more.

Tuition for 2017-2018

Beginners to Grade 3: $32,930

Grades 4 and 5: $36,640

Grade 6: $43,010

Grades 7 and 8: $45,450

Grades 9 to 12: $45,950

Financial Aid

$7.93 million 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.

Average Financial Aid Grant

$33,440 per student (total support)

College Counseling

All juniors are assigned to one of 4 counselors.

College Matriculation

Graduates from the Class of 2017 entered 67 different colleges and universities.


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


Annual Giving

$3,092,234 during 2014-2015 year

Community Engagement Report


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