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

Dr. Jennifer Price


Three separate campuses within Cambridge, Mass.

Upper School: 80 Gerry's Landing Road
Middle School: 80 Sparks Street
Lower School: 10 Buckingham Street

Student Demographics

1,013 students

506 girls

507 boys

39% students of color

77 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.


1,013 total students

332 Lower School (grades B-6)

168 Middle School (grade 7 & 8)

513 Upper School (grades 9-12)

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 is a member of 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 2019-2020

Beginners to Grade 3: $34,800

Grades 4 and 5: $38,800

Grade 6: $46,300

Grades 7 and 8: $49,500

Grades 9 to 12: $50,000

Financial Aid

$8.63 million to 24% of the student population.

Average Financial Aid Grant

$35,817 per student (total support)

College Counseling

All juniors are assigned to one of 4 counselors.

College Matriculation

Graduates from the Class of 2018 entered 61 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

$47 Million

Annual Giving

$3,254,235 during 2018-2019 year.

Community Engagement Report