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.


1,017 total students

320 Lower School (grades B-6)

169 Middle School (grade 7 & 8)

528 Upper School (grades 9-12)

Student Demographics:

500 girls

517 boys

26% students of color

86 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.)


Beginners - Grade 3: $29,000

Grades 4 - 5: $32,270

Grades 6 - 8: $39,010

Grades 9 - 12: $39,510

Financial Aid:

$7,043,650 to 23% percent of the student body (233 students)*

*This is an all-school number, comprising all three campuses at the School. Percentages vary at each campus (23% of Upper School students, 24% of Middle School students, and 13% of Lower School students currently receive aid).

Average Financial Aid Grant:

$30,230 per student (total support)

College Counseling:

4 counselors available for guidance

College Matriculation:

Graduates from the Class of 2013 entered 60 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:

$2.75 million during 2012-13 year

Community Engagement Report

BB&N Calendar

  • April, 2014
    • ThuApr24 Grade 5 Project O departs 10:00 AM
    • FriApr25 Grade 5 Project O returns
    • FriApr25 Grade 10 Dance 7:00 PM to 10:00 PMUS Chorale Room
    • SatApr26 US Placement Tests 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMUS Campus
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