Birches School

  • Birches School is an independent, co-educational Kindergarten through 8th Grade school offering rigorous, interdisciplinary academics within a mindful, nurturing environment. Our mission emphasizes nature-based, project-driven thematic units designed to cultivate academic and social development and to encourage students' curiosity, creativity, self-reliance, and empathy.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-8
Year Founded2012
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students67 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade Birches School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size8 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$20,895
Acceptance Rate
40%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorCecily Wardell
Admissions AssociateBridget Tivnan

School Notes

  • Located on the edge of conservation land near the center of Lincoln, Birches affords close contact with nature. Our students spend time each week exploring the woods, and much of our innovative curriculum focuses on the natural world. Both inside and outside, children participate in intellectually dynamic, collaborative projects that foster creative thinking, team-building, and leadership. Confident in themselves, students take ownership of their own joyful learning.

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  • Lincoln
    Carroll School
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    Special Education School
    Grades: 1-9 | 433 students
    1.7 miles
    25 Baker Bridge Road
    Lincoln, MA 01773
    (781) 259-8342
    1.7 1-9
    433
  • Arlington
    Acera
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: K-8 | 124 students
    8.7 miles
    5 Lowell Ave.
    Arlington, MA 02476
    (781) 729-3489
    8.7 K-8
    124
  • Belmont
    Grades: PK-8
    6.6 miles
    55 Day School Lane
    Belmont, MA 02478
    (617) 484-3078
    6.6 PK-8
    n/a
  • Cambridge
    Grades: K-6 | 279 students
    8.7 miles
    110 Cushing Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
    (617) 349-6555
    8.7 K-6
    279
  • Framingham
    Grades: PK-6 | 47 students
    11.6 miles
    360 Water Street
    Framingham, MA 01705
    (508) 877-8200
    11.6 PK-6
    47

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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!
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