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.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 1,022 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
1,022 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
156 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
Number of AP Courses
19 courses
Advanced Courses
Art History, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chinese Language & Culture, Comparative Government & Politics, Computer Science A, English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, European History, French Language and Culture, Human Geography, Latin, Macroeconomics, Physics C, Spanish Language & Culture, Statistics, US Government and Politics
Average SAT score
(Out of 1600)
Average ACT score
(Out of 36)
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 10
Tuition Notes
Tuition for 2023-2024 Beginners to Grade 3 – $42,600 Grades 4 and 5 – $47,300 Grade 6 – $58,300 Grades 7 to 12 – $60,650
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Admissions Director
Jorge Delgado
Admissions Associate
Amy Pratt



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
75 extracurriculars
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

Club or Organization:
Activism Club, Animal Rights Club, Arabic Club, Art for Social Change, Asian American Student Association, BB&N Yearbook: Perspective, BeeBee&N Beekeeping Club, Best Buddies, Boston COVID-Tutoring Club, BSAE (Brothers Seeking Academic Excellance), CHASM (Current Happenings Across STEM), Chess Club, Chinese Club, Christian Club, Comedy Club, Community Engagement Leadership Board (CELB), Competitive Porfolio Team (CPT), Composition Club, Computer Science Club, Creative Writing Club, Drama Club, EcoReps, EMPOWER, Entrepreneurship Club, FemCo, Film Club, French Club, GAINS (Girls Advancing in STEM), GSA, History Club, International & Humanitarian Business Club, Investment Club, Jewish Cultural Club Knights Section, Latin Club, Literature Club, Math Club, Medical Club, MIND Club, Model UN Music Club, Outdoor Recreation, Ping Pong Club, Point of View (political opinion magazine), Protect Our Breasts Puzzle Club, Quiz Bowl, Robotics Club, Rocketry Club, Round Square Committee, Rugby Club, Russian Club, Scrabble Club, SHADES (Students Honoring and Accepting Differences and Embracing Similarities), Society Spanish Club, Speech & Debate, Spikeball Club, Student Tour Guides, Surf Club, The Benchwarmer, The Spectator (art and literary magazine), The Squire, The Vanguard (School newspaper), Ultimate Frisbee Club, W.I.N.S. (Women in National Security)
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

What sports does Buckingham Browne & Nichols School offer?
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School offers 18 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling. Buckingham Browne & Nichols School is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for most sports offered.
What is Buckingham Browne & Nichols School's ranking?
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Largest student body, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.
When is the application deadline for Buckingham Browne & Nichols School?
The application deadline for Buckingham Browne & Nichols School is Jan. 10.

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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 1,022 students
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 10
  • Source: Verified school update

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