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Buckingham Browne and Nichols School

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80 Gerrys Landing Road Cambridge MA 02138 United States
PK to 12th


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Academics are very strong at BB&N, and you definitely have the flexibility to choose various "tracks" through the Math and Science programs to tailor your classes to your skill level, much like college. The level of work and time commitment is high but prepares you well for college. The workload is probably about 3-5 hours per night. Teachers are readily available and eager to offer feedback.

College Counseling

College counseling is very helpful if you have no idea of the types of schools....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The school looks for well rounded individuals. BB&N looks for students who truly want to....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The student body is very cohesive. With small class sizes, nearly everyone knows everyone. The school's discipline system fairly standard, not too rigid, but also not liberal. It is a predominately upper-class white student background. That being said, however, everyone is always open and kind. ...

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