Buckingham Browne & Nichols School

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School is an independent, co-educational day school of 1000 students in Cambridge, Massachusetts, educating bright and engaged students from pre-kindergarten (called Beginners) through twelfth grade.
BB&N was founded in 1974 from the merger of two schools, Browne & Nichols School and the Buckingham School.
The School occupies four campuses; a Lower School on Buckingham Street, a Middle School on Sparks Street, an Upper School on Gerry`s Landing Road, and an office building on Belmont Street.
BB&N provides a broad and challenging academic program along with opportunities for personal growth outside the classroom.
The working relationships between students and faculty are based on trust and mutual respect, and are enhanced by open and frank communication.
Certain personal qualities are particularly appropriate at BB&N: strong verbal skills, a commitment to intellectual pursuits, a capacity to think and act independently, a well-directed use of abilities and talents, a genuine interest in diverse types of people, and a desire to contribute to the school community.
The School has produced three of the 27 Presidential Scholars from Massachusetts since the inception of the program in 1964 and is a member of the G20 Schools group and the Round Square global education association. BB&N includes six Rhodes Scholars among its graduates.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded1974

Student Body

Total Students1,015 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers156 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15
Tuition NotesTuition Costs 2018-19 Beginners to Grade 3 - $34,120 Grades 4 and 5 - $37,960 Grade 6 - $44,560 Grades 7 nd 8 - $47,100 Grades 9 to 12 - $47,600
Admissions DirectorGeordie Mitchell
Admissions AssociateAmy Pratt


Total Sports Offered18 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
FencingField Hockey,
Ice HockeyLacrosse,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.13 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Affinity Lunch, Affinity Lunch. MS: Science Club, Chamber Music, Chorus, Community Council, Community Service, Jazz Band, Literary Group, LS Chess club, LS Orchestra, One World club, Players (Improv group, Spark newspaper
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The average private school tuition in Massachusetts is $13,091 for elementary schools and $32,199 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Massachusetts is 71% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).