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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    A
Buckingham Browne & Nichols School is a top rated, private school located in Cambridge, MA. It has 1,014 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 7 to 1. Tuition is $50,000 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 99% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$50,000
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
24%
Average Financial Aid
$35,817

Buckingham Browne & Nichols School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1400
139 responses
Average ACT
32
111 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.11 responses
Poll
55%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.11 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 16 responses
  • Senior Project
    31%
  • Senior Skip Day
    19%
  • Arts Bash
    13%
  • Homecoming
    13%
  • Senior Week
    13%
  • Baseball games.
    6%
  • none
    6%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,014
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.11 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.11 responses
91%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.11 responses

Preschool

Annual Cost
$34,800
Cost is for the most complete schedule offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Starting Age
4
Pre-K Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
Schedule Options
  • Offers Full Week
    Yes
  • Offers Part Week
  • Offers Full Day
    Yes
  • Offers Part Day

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
National
17:1
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.12 responses
Poll
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.12 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.12 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
75%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.4 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.4 responses
75%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.4 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$125,851
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$2,292
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,002,410
National
$184,700
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I started at BB&N in 5th grade at the lower school; I'm now a senior (female, POC). My experience has had its ups and downs. I have made amazing friends, I have had great teachers, and I enjoyed most of the classes I've taken.
The academic experience depends on the teachers you get. There's about one bad egg in each department, but the majority of teachers are fantastic; I've been pretty lucky. Our Latin language department is the BEST! Socially, the friend groups can be pretty cliquey, but it might only be a problem with the current upperclassmen (it may soon be phased out). A problem I have with the school is its emphasis on sports and lack thereof in the arts. We have a great art department, but it's only due to the effort of the teachers, who don't seem well supported. The workload is cumbersome. My friends and I are almost never stress-free, leading to sub-par mental health. Even so, there is no place I would rather have gone! I learned so much and loved my time here.
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I came to BB&N last year and it has been the best decision of my life! All the teachers truly make connections with the students and want to help each person succeed. The community is outstanding, and being at BB&N has helped me expand my comfort zone and I became interested in lots of extracurriculars that I wouldn't have access to at my previous school. I would without a doubt recommend BB&N to anyone looking for an accepting, balanced, and truly unbelievable high school experience!
Yes, BB&N has incredible academics, amazing teachers and will prepare you for college. But, if you do to BB&N, just know that you will be losing 99% of what kids love about high school. BB&N is a constant grind with little-to-no time to actually enjoy your high school experience. With 2-5 hours of homework on weeknights and 3-6 hours of homework on weekends, BB&N is a non-stop center of workaholics. The teachers and culture at BB&N breeds this grade-obsessed behavior while simultaneously pretending that it doesn't exist. Substance rates are through the roof. BB&N has one of the worst alumni interaction rates because most people that graduate hated their experience there. If you are thinking of going to BB&N, I would recommend looking into other ISL schools. Yes, you will get a great education, but there is a huge chance that you will lose yourself in the process of doing so.