Birch Wathen Lenox School
5.00 (7 reviews)
Tel: (212) 861-0404
- The Birch Wathen Lenox School is built upon a tradition of academic excellence.
- We believe, above all, that our students must know how to think, how to analyze, how to synthesize and how to communicate their ideas.
- To that end, we emphasize the development of writing and critical skills across the curriculum in Science, Mathematics, History, English, Poetry Initiative Program, Foreign Language, and Art.
- Students study a wide range of subjects, and explore each subject in depth, through lectures, experiments, fieldwork, research and discussions.
Birch Wathen Lenox School places among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)|
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-12|
|Total Students||565 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color|
State avg.: 29%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||100 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||6:1|
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree|
|Average Class Size||15 students|
|Number of AP Courses||11 courses|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Average SAT score||1410|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Formal|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Between $47,031 and $48,304 Plus Fees|
|% on Financial Aid|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Julianne Kaplan|
|Admissions Associate||Constance Schaefer|
|Total Sports Offered||15 sports|
|Sports||Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBadminton, Baseball,|
Basketball, Cross Country,
Golf, Ice Hockey,
Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee,
- We invite you to visit our website for application materials. Upon receipt of your application, we will contact you to schedule a tour of the facility and student interview.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- New York Grades: PK-12 | 957 students
291 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 724-6360 1.1 PK-12
- New York Grades: K-12 | 1317 students
108 E 89th St
New York, NY 10128
(212) 423-5200 0.6 K-12
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 Parent - Parent
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 Student/Alumni - Jillian Stuart
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.
- Posted by Student/Alumni - Henry
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 Parent - nancy
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 Parent - julie
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 Parent - downt
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!
- Posted by Parent - nicol
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