Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

80 Gerrys Landing Rd
Cambridge, MA 02138-0213
Tel: (617)547-6100
Grades: PK-12 | 1018 students
Buckingham Browne & Nichols, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was established in 1974 by the merger of two independent schools, the Buckingham school and the Browne & Nichols school, founded respectively in 1889 and 1883.
Located on three separate campuses, we work as one school in the pursuit of excellence.
We celebrate the diversity of our community which enriches our daily experience.
At BB&N we foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and a deep concern and respect for others.
Our educational program, coordinated from beginners through grade twelve, provides a rigorous core curriculum, taught in flexible and innovative ways.
Students acquire the skills and discipline necessary for academic accomplishment and learn to reflect, take risks and to discover.
The curriculum is strengthened by our commitment to a comprehensive program in the arts and athletics.
In all of our experiences, both those within the school and those which use our urban location, we encourage self-reliance, knowledge of oneself and a capacity for leadership.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded 1974

Student Body

Total Students 1018 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 25%
Students by Grade Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 148 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15
Tuition Notes Tuition Costs 2013-14 Beginners to Grade 3 - $29,000 Grades 4 and 5 � $32,270 Grade 6 to 8 - $39,010 Grades 9 to 12 � $39,510
Admissions Director rglennon@bbns.org


Total Sports Offered 18 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Volleyball, WrestlingAlpine SkiingBaseball,
Cross CountryFencing,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. LS Chess club, Community Council, LS Orchestra, One World club, Affinity Lunch. MS: Science Club, Spark newspaper, Jazz Band, KNBC, Chorus, Chamber Music, Community Service, Affinity Lunch, Literary Group, D2 (Diversity Discussions), Players (Improv group LS Chess club, LS Orchestra, Jazz Band, KNBC, Chorus, Chamber Music, Community Council,
One World club,
Affinity Lunch. MS: Science Club,
Spark newspaper,
Community Service,
Affinity Lunch,
Literary Group,
D2 (Diversity Discussions),
Players (Improv group,

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Cristo Rey Boston High School (1.5 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Shady Hill School (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Shady Hill School (0.1 miles away)
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  • Cambridge
    Grades: PK-8 | 511 students
    0.1 miles
    178 Coolidge Hill
    Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Cambridge
    Grades: NS-PK | 10 students
    0.5 miles
    40 Blakeslee Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Cambridge
    Grades: PK-8 | 227 students
    0.6 miles
    96 Concord Ave
    Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Cambridge
    Grades: NS-8 | 205 students
    0.8 miles
    161 Garden St
    Cambridge, MA 02138
  • Watertown
    Grades: PK-8 | 137 students
    0.9 miles
    69 Grove St
    Watertown, MA 02472

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