The Browning School

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The Browning School fosters growth of courageous and compassionate men of intellect and integrity who aspire to contribute meaningfully to our world.
The Browning gentleman develops amid a community that upholds these values:
HONESTY: We speak the truth, act with integrity and take responsibility for our actions.
DIGNITY: We honor and celebrate the dignity of all people and support the power of a diverse, inclusive and welcoming community.
CURIOSITY: We encourage and celebrate open-minded inquiry about our world and the perspectives of those around us.
PURPOSE: We believe that education encourages exploration and discovery in pursuit of meaning and enduring fulfillment.
Diversity Statement: The Browning School strives to create a diverse community in which all members are safe, respected and valued.
We believe that in actively promoting a diverse learning environment, we are fostering intellectual, social and emotional growth for all.
Recognizing and pursuing diversity, however, are not enough; we seek to transcend mere tolerance of differences and aspire to a celebration of the varied appearances, abilities, perspectives and values that characterize our community.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 421 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $54,150
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 4 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

The Browning School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for:

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1888

Student Body

Total Students
421 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
12%
State avg.: 40%
Students by Grade
The Browning School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
94 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
99%
Average Class Size
14 students
Number of AP Courses
13 courses
List of Courses Offered
Classroom Dress Code
Formal

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Dec. 4 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Admissions Director
Kelly West
Admissions Associate
Kristin Rodgers

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
21 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Amnesty International, Book Club, Certamen, Chess, Debate, Environmental, Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA), Gender Studies, Habitat for Humanity, Investment, Math, Mock Trial, Model UN, Multicultural, Newspaper, Robotics, Rube-Goldberg, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Art, Ceramics, Drama

School Notes

  • The Browning School is a place of harmony: between faculty and boys, older and younger students, tradition and innovation, freedom and responsibility, and collaboration and independence. At The Browning School, our focus is on boys: who they are, how they learn, and what they can become. Under the care of faculty and staff who understand the complexity of boyhood, our students work, take risks and explore in a community that both challenges and guides them. Browning is a school where boys realize their fullest potential as scholars, artists, athletes, and friends. Our course of study harmonizes the best of tradition and innovation, as imaginative teaching and appropriate technology promote deep engagement with a liberal arts curriculum. Ours is a school where boys will study Latin in the morning and learn robotics after lunch, where speaking and writing are valued alongside coding and computation, and where the classroom is complemented by the vast resources in and around New York City. At Browning, boys not only master the knowledge and skills of academic disciplines, but also come to understand and express themselves as thinkers, writers, makers, and doers; indeed, they become learners in the broadest and best sense. Our boys also grow amidst a value system that gives each community member an opportunity to express himself in a distinctive way, while also encouraging a sense of broader duty to others. In the classroom, on the playing field, on stage, or in the studio, boys are encouraged to discover and create unique ways of fulfilling their potential; as friends, neighbors, and community members, they take on identities of kindness, honesty, curiosity, and courage. At Browning, individual expression emerges in the context of social and ethical purpose, so that boys develop not only into good men, but as global citizens well-prepared to lead lives of significance.
  • - John M. Botti, Head of School
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does The Browning School cost?
The Browning School's tuition is approximately $54,150 for private students.
What schools are The Browning School often compared to?
The Browning Schoolis often viewed alongside schools like Dalton School, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School by visitors of our site.
What sports does The Browning School offer?
The Browning School offers 10 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field and Winter Track.
What is The Browning School's ranking?
The Browning School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in New York for: Highest percentage of faculty with advanced degrees, Largest student body, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for The Browning School?
The application deadline for The Browning School is Dec. 4 / rolling (applications are due on Dec. 4 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (12 reviews)
5  
Browning is an excellent school. Our son is thriving with great attention from teachers and a close-knit school environment that we feel is truly known. The school is committed to academic excellence and also focuses on building character. The parent community is warm and welcoming. We adore Browning!
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5  
My husband and I toured more than 12 schools for our son. There was just something about the people at Browning that stood out to us. We felt like a member of the family at each event and appointment. We ultimately chose Browning because of the small class sizes and how well they articulated the education of boys. Our son is in First Grade now and he has more confidence than ever. He gets a lot of attention from his teachers and that means so much to us!
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5  
What stands out at Browning is the individual focus the teachers have on the boys given relative strength and maturity. Most breakout groups are 4 in size (within First Grade) which works really well for our son. There is a lot of emphasis on Diversity and Inclusion. The Browning parent community is extremely approachable - one large family.
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5  
We LOVE The Browning School. Our son was accepted to several of the most prestigious schools in Manhattan and we initially thought we couldn't pick incorrectly, given our excellent-on-paper options. We decided on another school and signed that contract. Then, at an event at the Carlyle Hotel, we met the nicest family. Their son had also been accepted pretty much everywhere. They were at Browning and had fabulous things to say about the school. So, we reached back out to Browning--long after admissions letters went out, and waitlists had all been called--"just to see." Browning did not technically have a spot, but still invited us back for a second visit, and allowed our son to sit with the current kindergarten class for a few hours. On the second pass, they admitted our son. We paid two kindergarten tuitions (and we are not Vanderbilts) and have never looked back. Well during the Pandemic, we moved full-time to our weekend house, and our son attended a (revered) CT private school for a year. But nothing compares to Browning. We are happily back. We might consider moving out of NYC, but this extraordinary school has some hold over us. Browning is academically rigorous, but also meets each boy where he is (academically, developmentally, and just...as a person). This instills so much self-reliance, grit/Grotte, and confidence. Our son will excel academically wherever he lands because of this foundation. He will also be a kind person because of Browning. For our family, Browning is the unparalleled gold standard. If you get into Browning, GO! Amazing Leadership, teachers who care a huge amount and put their hearts and souls into these kids, and a supportive, warm environment. Also, Browning alum gets into outstanding secondary schools and colleges, and seem to thrive once there.
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5  
We have been parents of a Browning student going on for 5 years now. We are so happy without a choice. Browning provides the academic rigor we want but also the character building that we feel is equally important. Each, we are impressed with how much our son's homeroom teacher understands his personality and learning style and customizes their approach with him. Browning is a forward-thinking school but thoroughly thinks through its curriculum and approach. We are happy with the mix of new initiatives, such as computer science, robotics, history, and keeping with traditional elementary school curricula. Browning provides a safe and responsive learning environment for our son to grow and we couldn't be happier.
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5  
Amazing faculty, caring environment, excellent academics. Browning has been our son's school since Kindergarten, and he plans to be there for all 13 years. Great collection of boys in the class and an involved and diverse/interesting parent community.
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5  
How would I describe Browning? Warm, close, and very warm school for our son. There is a huge amount of emphasis on self-development, purposeful learning, and raising men. The school energy, vibe, and positivity are really refreshing and different in New York City. We are part of several other NYC school communities (Co-Ed, Public, Private, and SS Girls) and we found the Browning school community to be the closest and warmest.
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5  
Our son joined Browning 9 years ago in Kindergarten and enjoys it since then every day! He takes the uptown school bus from the West Village every morning whereas in the afternoon/evening - after sports - he rides the subway back home. What we really like about Browning is the well-rounded approach, which balances challenging academics, sports, arts, fun, and a caring and collaborative environment. The faculty is working very closely with the boys and is always there to give them extra help - if needed. The head of the school, Dr. Botti, and his stellar team are relentlessly focused on providing an excellent academic foundation and supporting boys` needs for deep relationships and enduring sense of purpose. Our son is thriving in this framework and is evolving into an independent, young, adult.
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5  
We first came across Browning over a dozen years ago when looking for a kindergarten for our oldest boy. Of all the schools we visited, it seemed to have the most personal connections between teachers and students. That has proven to be true, as we have seen with our two boys who are enrolled currently. The small size provides not only a sense of intimacy but an environment where everyone knows almost everyone else. Yet despite its warmth, the academics are indeed rigorous. It's one of those places that's hard to find in NYC.
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5  
We have three boys and looked extensively at a broad range of NYC schools. Unequivocally Browning ended up our first choice each time. There are many great schools out there, but we couldn't find one that had the same sense of community as Browning. Dr. Botti is not paying lip service when he speaks about the school's commitment to character and fostering lifelong learners. Whether your boy is passionate about sport, or art, or academics, or all of the above, they will find the resources they seek and a supportive community to foster that passion.
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5  
For all boys, for all young men.: challenging and growing the intellect, nurturing relationships, inspiring a sense of purpose in service to others, focusing on personal wellness- body and mind Friendships and community for life
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5  
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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked NY School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 421 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $54,150
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Dec. 4 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in New York, NY is $42,466 for elementary schools and $47,626 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in New York, NY is 62% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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