BB&N, a coeducational day school in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was established in 1974 by the merger of two independent schools, Buckingham School and Browne & Nichols School, founded respectively in 1889 and 1883. Located on three separate campuses, we work as one School in pursuit of excellence. We celebrate the diversity of our community which enriches our daily experience. At BB&N we foster intellectual curiosity, critical thinking and a deep concern and respect for others.
BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. We value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all.
Our educational program, from Beginners through grade twelve, provides a rigorous core curriculum, taught in flexible and innovative ways. The curriculum is strengthened by our commitment to a comprehensive program in the arts and athletics. In all of our experiences, both those within the school and those which use our urban location, we encourage self-reliance, knowledge of oneself and a capacity for leadership.
The school has 150 faculty who, in addition to teaching, participate in the athletic or extra-curricular programs. BB&N offers a full benefits package which includes health, dental, life, disability and long-term care insurances, pension, and faculty study grant opportunities.
BB&N engages boys and girls from Beginners (pre-K) through grade 12 in a rich and invigorating educational experience of the highest quality, opening their minds to new possibilities while providing outstanding preparation for the next steps of their lives.
Buckingham School founded in 1889
Browne & Nichols School founded in 1883
Buckingham Browne & Nichols formed by merger in 1974
Head of School:
Rebecca T. Upham
Three separate campuses within Cambridge, Mass.
1,015 total students
328 Lower School (grades B-6)
168 Middle School (grade 7 & 8)
519 Upper School (grades 9-12)
31% students of color
95 towns of origin represented in BB&N's schoolwide student body
Approximately 900 applications for approximately 150 places.
Upper School: 5.9 to 1*
Middle School: 5.3 to 1*
Lower School: 6.7 to 1*
*These counts represent all teachers and professionals at each campus who are primarily involved in the School’s curriculum and the support of learning. 83 percent have advanced degrees.
Average Class Size:
Upper School: 11.7 students/class*
*This count does not include study halls, peer counseling, and sexuality & relationships seminars. It does include large musical ensembles as well as independent studies.
Middle School: 13 students/class
Lower School: 20 students in homerooms; 10 students in math & language arts classes; 10 students in specialty classes (art, computer, etc.)
Global Online Academy
BB&N has joined Global Online Academy (GOA), a consortium of over 50 leading independent schools throughout the U.S. and abroad that will offer our students the opportunity to learn alongside peers across the country as well as the world. Click here to learn more.
Tuition for 2015-2016:
Beginners to Grade 3: $30,890
Grades 4 and 5: $34,370
Grades 6: $41,560
Grades 7 and 8: $41,820
Grades 9 to 12: $42,320
$7.6 million to 23% percent of the student body (233 students)*
*This is an all-school number, comprising all three campuses at the School. Percentages vary at each campus (23% of Upper School students, 24% of Middle School students, and 13% of Lower School students currently receive aid).
Average Financial Aid Grant:
$30,230 per student (total support)
4 counselors available for guidance
Graduates from the Class of 2015 entered 62 different colleges and universities.
BB&N has 4 libraries on its three campuses. Each campus uses the Follett Destiny Server, which allows for web-based access to the entire school catalog. BB&N is a member of two library consortia (including a group of 14 independent schools in the Boston area that have merged their catalogs and loan books to one another) and currently subscribes to 14 online databases.
$3,092,234 during 2014-2015 year