The Birch Wathen Lenox School ("BWL") is a highly competitive independent, traditional, coeducational college preparatory school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Comprising three divisions the Lower, Middle and Upper schools BWL offers an easy transition for students that is focused on educational excellence in a state-of-the-art facility. BWL offers a rich curriculum, including an innovative STEAM program that combines Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math, in an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is supported by enriched extracurricular programs and competitive athletics. From Kindergarten through graduation, BWL creates an open, welcoming, and inclusive community.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 383 students
  • Acceptance rate: 17%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Birch Wathen Lenox School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
383 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
Birch Wathen Lenox School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
100 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
11 courses
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
Between $47,031 and $48,304 Plus Fees
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Julianne Kaplan
Admissions Associate
Constance Schaefer



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
7 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
debate, DEI, drama, environment, poetry, robotics, sports

School Notes

  • We invite you to visit our website for application information. You can apply through Ravenna directly. Upon receipt of your application, we will contact you to schedule a family tour and student interview.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the acceptance rate of Birch Wathen Lenox School?

The acceptance rate of Birch Wathen Lenox School is 17%, which is lower than the national average of 78%. Birch Wathen Lenox School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in New York with low acceptance rates.

What sports does Birch Wathen Lenox School offer?

Birch Wathen Lenox School offers 15 interscholastic sports: Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball and Winter Track. Birch Wathen Lenox School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in New York for most sports offered.

What is Birch Wathen Lenox School's ranking?
When is the application deadline for Birch Wathen Lenox School?

The application deadline for Birch Wathen Lenox School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
BWL is the most incredible school on every level. The teachers are devoted, the administration is knowledgeable about each and every student, and the students who graduate are clearly prepared both emotionally, academically, and socially for their next steps of life. TOP SCHOOL.
- Posted by
Birch is an amazing place and I love and enjoy my classes there. It's advanced, which is one reason I switched here from another school. Birch is by far an extraordinary school and the tuition is worth it.
- Posted by
I have nothing but good things to say about this school. Coming from a good specialized Public School, I have been through a lot. Birch has by far been the best school I have ever attended. They accommodate everyone, the teachers actually know how to teach, and man does the kids get into good colleges. I personally wanna say that the STEM at Birch is probably the best in the city and that our robotics team has been quite successful. Not meaning to brag, but I am saying the truth. Overall, a phenomenal place.
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My child has been at BWL for 9 years. The lower school is nurturing and offers a great student to teacher ratio. Kids don't fall through the cracks. The teachers care. The middle school has a strong STEM emphasis that improves each year. Everyone is enthusiastic about Science. It is becoming a basketball powerhouse.
- Posted by
I am very surprised at the review i just read below and felt compelled to write, as this sounds like an angry person. My two children attended Birch (for a total of 13 years experience with the school) and have now moved on to excellent boarding schools. I have nothing but admiration for the school and how they prepared my children academically for the next stage of their education. I found the teachers to be focused on each individual child and very attentive to the parents as well. I dont have anything to add about the sports programs as my children did not partake regularly- they were more involved with the excellent theater program. Socially we never came across any major problems, so I am really flummoxed by the previous review. My family's experience was very good to excellent with Birch, and I feel fortunate that my children were schooled there.
- Posted by
Birch Wathen Lenox has placed our child in a tenuous situation. The administration has created a toxic learning environment for many of the children. Many of the kids have social; behavioral; emotional; academic; and maturation issues and, by mixing them in with the very few kids without such issues, the classroom has become a harmful habitat. Beware, as the school does not deny that this occurs and, they do nothing to address it. And, as Birch increases the number of enrolled students in the upper classes, they fill these seats with more kids with more issues, primarily with kids whom have been counseled out of other schools.
- Posted by
I absolutely love this school! My kids have really thrived here. The academics are excellent--rigorous, but not homework for the sake of homework. The atmosphere is warm and nurturing. The teachers always go the extra mile for their students! Mr. Carnabuci runs a phenomenal school. From the minute you walk in the door and see the incredible artwork on the walls, you know this is a really special place!
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 383 students
  • Acceptance rate: 17%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in New York, NY is $41,286 for elementary schools and $44,802 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New York, NY is 62% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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