- Birches School, a co-educational, independent, non-sectarian elementary school, offers vigorous, interdisciplinary academic subjects within a nurturing environment of multi-aged classes.
- The nature- and community-based, student-centered curriculum is designed to meet each child`s individual needs and perspectives. The school encourages students to be curious, self-reliant, resourceful, and empathetic.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)|
|Grades Offered||Grades Kindergarten-8|
|Total Students||40 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 23%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||10 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||4:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||
|Average Class Size||8 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Jan. 15 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$18,400|
National avg.: 85%
|Admissions Director||Cecily Wardell|
- Located on the edge of conservation land in Lincoln, a woodland walk away from the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Birches School affords close, daily contact with nature. Students come to understand the world as an interconnected place through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) and literacy, including Spanish literacy. They learn about their responsibilities to the natural world, to their community, and to fellow beings. Yoga is offered as a component of the physical education program. Birches uses the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as the floor, but there is no ceiling. Students work individually or in groups depending on the inquiry-based projects. Offering Grades K-3 during the 2013-2014 school year and adding a new grade each year, Birches will grow to become a K-6th Grade school.
- School Location Miles Grades Students
WakefieldGrades: NS-8 | 144 students
2 Audubon Road
Wakefield, MA 01880
FraminghamGrades: PK-12 | 160 students
2 Winch St
Framingham, MA 01701
CambridgeGrades: K-6 | 279 students
110 Cushing Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
BelmontGrades: PK-8 | 272 students
55 Day School Lane
Belmont, MA 02478
SudburyGrades: K-1 | 110 students
123 Dakin Rd
Sudbury, MA 01776
This is a miracle of a school where the joy of learning is readily apparent. My son is excited to go to school each day, and doesn't want to leave at the end of the day. Some of his favorite activities are reading workshop, Spanish, and nature exploration. He loves his teachers and I marvel in the mutually supportive atmosphere where no child is ever left out, or bullied. The quality of the teachers is unparalleled in an elementary setting--the stem specialist has a PhD! And the atmosphere of the school is warm, nurturing, and intellectually stimulating.
- Posted by Parent - Cecil
I am so grateful for this school. My children LOVE to go to school each morning and rush me out the door because they don't want to miss even one minute of arrival time! What a change from our last school. I marvel at the quality of the teachers and how they inspire each student. The STEAM curriculum is fabulous, and I sometimes wish I could go back to school myself!
- Posted by Parent - Cecil
Our son is very happy at Birches School. The most important thing to me has been the individualized academics -- last year, he learned little at local public school (coloring more and more worksheets). At Birches, he is engaged intellectually, is excited to be doing math at his own level, eager to read (and delighted with the amazing in school library), and is challenged daily with writing assignments. Birches has plenty of recess and outside time (much more than he did last year) and includes regular nature walks in the nearby conservation areas -- students get to take full advantage of the school's beautiful location (which is across the street from the public library!) I appreciate that Birches has optional parent helping times built in which has been helpful to my husband and me as we try to get a sense of how his time at school is and also feel a part of the greater school community. My son loves the multi-age experience, his wonderful teachers, and the frequent fun Spanish infusions. I also appreciate the importance of the social curriculum at Birches -- guidance on how to treat others fairly and with dignity is so important and Birches'' staff does this well also.
- Posted by Parent - alexi
My wife and I discovered the Birches School in the fall of 2012, as we became progressively more and more dissatisfied with our son's kindergarten in nearby Lexington. The enthusiasm for school that he had in pre-school years, and which he took with him initially to kindergarten, had totally disappeared. And two months into the school year, neither my wife nor I had any idea what the kids did all day in school. Then we discovered the Birches. Our son's enthusiasm is back, and our enthusiasm is back and continues to grow. In our son's first week of school, he positively lit up telling me about his day in STEM class, which involved exploring owl pellets. He has developed a passion for birds s that has been a part of their curriculum the past month. And each Friday night after dinner, he show us the new yoga moves that he learned that day! There are too many good things to write--about the teachers, the parents who are building the school, and the kids who are experiencing real joy exploring their worlds.
- Posted by Parent - cbref
The Birches School is truly a gem! We have been so pleased with the dedicated and talented teachers, the responsive classroom model in which children work cooperatively and respectively together, the challenging and individualized curriculum, the way in which the children are actively and joyfully expressing themselves and learning both individually and cooperatively and the parent community which is warm, welcoming and encouraged to work together and contribute. The school setting is particularly lovely and peaceful as it borders conservation land in Lincoln. Hiking, walks to DeCordova and the library and visiting local farms keeps the children close to nature and active in the local community. It has been well researched that children learn best when in nature and while exploring the outdoors, The Birches School strives to do this and does it beautifully. It is obvious to me that the children are filled with genuine wonder and are truly inspired in this school. I am truly grateful to have found a place in which my child can be accepted for who he is as he joyfully learns and grows!
- Posted by Parent - heath