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Notes for Prospective Students
The Nightingale-Bamford School educates the minds and the hearts
of its students in a challenging, vibrant community that prizes
Founded in 1920, Nightingale provides a
classical curriculum to students of varied backgrounds, interests
and talents whose teachers inspire them to love learning and to
embrace curiosity, creativity, and hard work.Nightingale is
committed to diversity in an educational environment of
responsibility, mutual respect, and empathy.
We value individuals
whose differences include, but are not limited to, age, ethnicity,
family structure, gender, learning style, physical ability, race,
religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.
In each division, small classes permit teachers to find
their students’ strengths and insist on their best efforts.
Through the arts and athletics, ample leadership opportunities,
extracurricular activities, and social service, Nightingale
students are encouraged to discover and to demonstrate that the
mind and heart are equally important, and that one is empty without
the other.For the last 20 years, the sense of community at
Nightingale has been strengthened by the student body working
together under one roof, and we look forward to expanding the
Schoolhouse in the 2012-2013 school year.
An innovative and interdisciplinary visual education curriculum
and the Program in Dramatic Literature take advantage of New
York’s museum resources and theatrical productions connected
with classroom study.
Students are introduced to the study of
Spanish, Mandarin, and French in Class III and begin Latin in Class
The math and science curriculum is extensive, including a
summer biotechnology program, science seminar, and an 8th grade
research trip to Costa Rica.
Course offerings are enriched by
off-campus opportunities, individual student projects, and academic
exchanges through Interschool. The School has broad
extra-curricular offerings including athletics, performing arts,
student government, award-wining publications, and a wide variety
of student-run clubs.
The social service program in all three
divisions coordinates volunteer activities for all students.
the summer, Nightingale students have the opportunity to
participate in our internships in a variety of fields---from
politics to medicine to the performing arts.
Colleges most frequently selected by Nightingale graduates in
the last 5 years include Brown, Columbia, Duke, Harvard, Kenyon,
Oberlin, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt, and Yale.
92 faculty members, over three-quarters have advanced degrees and
all participate in extensive professional development.
At Nightingale, our girls are thinkers and scholars, they are
strong and active, and they are inspired and able.
They will, in
short, be ready to engage the twenty-first century in new and