We periodically highlight and focus on a different NYC Private School in order to give our readers a more in-depth feel for the cultural, academic and diverse atmospheres that each school provides. Today we are focusing on The Birch Wathen Lenox School.
The Birch Wathen Lenox School is located on East 77th Street in New York and is a traditional and very competitive co-ed school. The school itself is actually a result of the combining of the Lenox School, founded in 1916, and The Birch Wathen School, founded in 1921. The two schools consolidated in 1991 to offer more advanced and diverse programs to their students.
The Birch Wathen Lenox School is built upon a tradition of academic excellence. We believe, above all, that our students must know how to think, how to analyze, how to synthesize, and how to communicate their ideas. To that end, we emphasize the development of writing and critical skills across the curriculum – in Science, Mathematics, History, English, Foreign Language and Art. Students study a wide range of subjects, and explore each subject in depth, through lectures, experiments, fieldwork, research and discussions.
The Facts about Birch Wathen Lenox:
The school is a nonsectarian school that teaches both boys and girls from grades K-12. It has a Student to Teacher ratio of 7:1 and averages 7 hours of classroom time per day.
The school underwent recent renovations on a new building that houses a gymnasium, auditorium, science labs, art studios, performing arts center, a library with over 20,000 volumes and a center for learning and technology.
The Three Schools of Birch Wathen Lenox:
During the early years, a firm academic foundation builds confidence and pride in achievement. In an atmosphere of warm support and careful supervision, each child is taught to develop responsible work and study habits. At Birch Wathen Lenox, essential communication skills and the cultivation of an appreciation for reading are the foundation of the Lower School program.
Middle School students are introduced to a departmentalized educational structure in which each academic discipline is taught by subject-area specialists. In addition to English, Mathematics, History and Science, students also study Foreign Languages, Computer Science, Music and Art. An academic tracking system allows students to progress at a pace that appropriately challenges them, while ensuring the greatest degree of success. Each Middle School student is assigned an advisor who is responsible for monitoring his or her progress
The Upper School program provides preparation for SAT subject tests and Advanced Placements exams. In addition to both honors and college courses open to older students, seniors who have demonstrated their ability to carry out a special project may apply for an internship that allows them to gain experience in a chosen field such as medicine, the arts or business. Trained to be highly competent, mature, curious, determined and self-reliant, our graduates are well prepared to succeed in the nation’s leading colleges and universities.