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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Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
1,015 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 28%
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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15
Tuition Notes
Tuition 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 Director
Geordie Mitchell
Admissions Associate
Amy Pratt



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
13 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

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The average private school tuition in Cambridge, MA is $22,402 for elementary schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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