The Browning School

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Tel: (212)838-6280
  • Founded in 1888 as a college preparatory school for boys, The Browning School continues its commitment to the goals of John A. Browning: the pursuit of academic excellence and a lifelong love of learning, the belief in the dignity of the individual, the development of personal integrity and responsibility to the broader community.
  • The Browning boy develops amid these values. The Browning alumnus is a good citizen, sensitive to the needs of others, respectful of divergent yet informed opinions.
  • He is, in the best sense of the word, a gentleman.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other special emphasis association(s)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
New York State Association of Independent Schools (NYSAIS)
Grades Offered Grades Kindergarten-12
Year Founded 1888

Student Body

Total Students 396 students
Student Body Type All-boys
% Students of Color
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade The Browning School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 59 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Classroom Dress Code Formal

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $41,200
Admissions Director Janetta Lien


Total Sports Offered 11 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Winter TrackBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryFencing,
GolfIce Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,
Winter Track


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 22 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Amnesty International, Art, Ceramics, Certamen, Chess, Computer, Debate, Drama, Environmental, Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA), Habitat for Humanity, Investment, Latin, Math, Mock Trial, Model UN, Multicultural, Photography, Ping Pong, Robotics, Rube-Goldberg, Think Tank Art, Ceramics, Certamen, Chess, Computer, Debate, Drama, Environmental, Investment, Latin, Math, Mock Trial, Model UN, Multicultural, Photography, Ping Pong, Robotics, Rube-Goldberg, Think Tank, Amnesty International,
Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA),
Habitat for Humanity,

School Notes

  • History of the School
  • The Browning School was founded in 1888 by John A. Browning, a distinguished scholar and gifted teacher. Today, the Browning School still operates on the basic core principles laid down by Mr. Browning more than a century ago: a school for boys, small classes, close personal attention for each student, a wide variety of extracurricular activities, a heavy emphasis on fostering initiative, and a broad course of study that focuses less on developing a student’s memory than his capacity for under- standing. Mr. Browning’s students recall that he concentrated less on grinding facts into his students than on teaching values, good study habits, perspective, and a lifelong love of learning. The school was renowned for its field trips, even going as far as Pittsburgh to visit the U.S. Steel plant.
  • One of the first students, John D. Rockefeller Jr., recalled Mr. Browning as a remarkable teacher who “inspired interest in learning.” He said Mr. Browning “helped me to study and to concentrate. . . . I owe a great deal to him, more than to any other teacher I ever had.” Arthur Jones succeeded Mr. Browning as headmaster in 1920 and moved the school from West 55th Street to its present location on East 62nd Street. Extracurricular activities expanded in his time. Mr. Jones retired in 1948 and Lyman B. Tobin, a Browning teacher for more than 30 years, became Browning’s third headmaster. Mr. Tobin is remembered fondly by alumni, parents, and friends for his patience, friendliness, and deep under- standing of people. As noted in a Browning newsletter in 1952, Mr. Tobin favored “encouragement and understanding as a means of teaching.”
  • In 1952, upon Mr. Tobin’s retirement, the school named Charles W. Cook ’38, an alumnus and teacher, as its fourth headmaster. Under his leadership for thirty-six years, the Browning School expanded rapidly. After a lengthy fundraising drive, the School bought the adjoining carriage house and rebuilt it. The new building opened in 1960. The school’s expansion continued in 1967 with the building of a larger gymnasium on the roof, and in the late 1970s with the acquisition of an interest in the building next door. In addition to serving as headmaster, Mr. Cook also was a highly effective teacher. Among 4 the most popular subjects during the 1960s were his courses on American History and sociology. Mr. Cook had that rare ability to make history come alive for his students. He taught not only history but perspective.
  • In 1988, Stephen M. Clement, III became Browning’s fifth headmaster. Under his leadership the school has continued to expand while maintaining its focus on fostering academic excellence and integrity. Today, the school has over 370 students, more than double its size fifty years ago, but it continues its emphasis on small classes and close personal attention. Under Mr. Clement’s leadership, Browning also has completed a new library, four new science laboratories, two new art studios, and additional classrooms. In addition, Browning has increasingly taken advantage of affiliations with the Hewitt School, the Marymount School, and Interschool. Browning, Hewitt, and Marymount benefit from an informal affiliation that encourages shared opportunities for academics, the arts, and social activities for girls and boys. Interschool, a consortium of eight schools to enhance academic, extracurricular, and administrative sharing, consists of four schools for girls (Brearley, Chapin, Nightingale-Bamford, and Spence), two schools for boys (Browning and Collegiate), and two coeducational schools (Dalton and Trinity).
  • Although the city and the world have changed enormously since John Browning met with his first four students in 1888, the Browning School today remains committed to providing rigorous academic training for boys in a structured yet warm environment, promoting a love of learning, and nurturing the growth of the student by exposure to diverse opportunities.
  • R. Thomas Herman ’64
  • Former Special Writer
  • The Wall Street Journal  
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School Reviews

5  11/16/2015
Browning School provides a wonderfully supportive community, especially for boys with emotional and/or behavioral issues. Our son faced severe challenges coping with some traumatic family events, and the school could not have been more understanding and accommodative - our prior school was not nearly as tolerant. It provides a great environment that allowed our son to stay in a main stream educational environment.
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