Birch Wathen Lenox School

  • 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, Foreign Language and Art.
  • Students study a wide range of subjects, and explore each subject in depth, through lectures, experiments, fieldwork, research and discussions.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded1916

Student Body

Total Students587 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
15%
State avg.: 28%
Students by GradeBirch Wathen Lenox School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers85 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
95%
Average Class Size17 students
Number of AP Courses11 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1410
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniform)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesBetween $47,031 and $48,304 Plus Fees
% on Financial Aid
15%
Acceptance Rate
17%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorJulianne Kaplan
Admissions AssociateDanielle Tormey Lambert

Sports

Total Sports Offered15 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDiving,
GolfIce Hockey,
LacrosseSoccer,
SoftballSquash,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
Volleyball

School Notes

  • 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.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • New York
    Grades: PK-12 | 1240 students
    1.3 miles
    5 W 93rd St
    New York, NY 10025
    (212)749-6200
    1.3 PK-12
    1240
  • New York
    Grades: PK-12 | 1033 students
    1.1 miles
    291 Central Park West
    New York, NY 10024
    (212)724-6360
    1.1 PK-12
    1033
  • New York
    Grades: K-12 | 1329 students
    0.6 miles
    108 E 89th St
    New York, NY 10128
    (212)423-5450
    0.6 K-12
    1329
  • New York
    Grades: NS-12 | 788 students
    0.9 miles
    312 East 95th Street
    New York, NY 10128
    (212)426-3360
    0.9 NS-12
    788
  • New York
    Grades: NS-12 | 728 students
    1.5 miles
    433 W End Ave
    New York, NY 10024
    (212)497-6500
    1.5 NS-12
    728

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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