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From the Headmaster    
 August 2015
Dear Members of the BWL Community:

With the academic year about to begin, I would like to update you on some recent accomplishments and developments affecting our extraordinary School. The Birch Wathen Lenox School continues to maintain an environment that fosters academic excellence, encouraging students to take an active role in the School and to serve as exemplary citizens. We begin another school year with the unwavering support of a gifted faculty dedicated to our students’ development and well-being. Our teachers, 98 percent of whom have advanced degrees, continue to be closely involved in the creation of curricula that are customized for our student body. Our commitment to providing a challenging curriculum within a warm, nurturing atmosphere has proven to be integral to the success of our students and is one of the reasons we receive considerable interest from prospective families.

From the Headmaster
Our students continue to thrive academically, and we have bolstered their readiness to meet the rigors of college by offering Advanced Placement courses in every subject in the Upper School. Last year, 92 percent of Juniors who took AP exams scored either a 4 or 5 out of 5. Eight Juniors also took the SAT II Subject Test in American History, scoring an average of 766 out of 800. In addition, eleven Seniors were honored as AP Scholars, a distinction achieved by taking a minimum of three AP exams and earning an average above 3.00 out of 5—the largest number of AP Scholars in BWL’s history.

Our college guidance program is initiated in the early stages of the Upper School and includes individual and group meetings among parents, students, and college representatives. Year after year, our students are admitted to the country’s most selective colleges and universities. One hundred percent of BWL’s graduating Seniors attend college, and 90 percent attend their first-choice school. Students have gained acceptance to, and enrolled at Ivy League universities, highly selective liberal arts colleges and esteemed public universities, ranging from Cornell (3 students), Dartmouth, Princeton, Georgetown, Haverford, Colgate, Bucknell, and Oberlin to the University of Michigan (3 students), the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Virginia and Washington University.

2015: A Triumphant Year in BWL Sports

The Boys Junior Varsity Basketball team captured both the regular season and championship titles; this was their second League Championship in the last three years. The Girls Varsity Basketball team defeated Brooklyn Friends in the final game of their playoffs, losing the city championship game to LREI, who had been undefeated all season. The Boys Varsity Basketball team made it all the way to the second round of the State Championship tournament against Trevor Day, having defeated Columbia Prep. As newcomers to their league, the Boys Varsity Swim team finished second overall in the ACIS League Championships. The Boys Varsity Baseball team won their League Championship and advanced to the State finals. Winning League Championships is only one measure of our well-rounded program featuring forty different extracurricular teams, including hockey, squash and lacrosse. We are very proud that BWL has won 37 League Championships in the last twenty years.

Archaeology Week Returns

Last winter we launched a comprehensive, hands-on program introducing the
community to the field of Archaeology. The study of Archaeology is a logical extension of our STEM initiative. Archaeology links many disciplines, including Art, History, Mathematics and Science, demonstrating powerful connections between ancient civilizations and modern human challenges. Our Lower and Middle School students had such an enthusiastic response to the first Archaeology Week that we have asked Professor Douglas Bailey of San Francisco State College to design a program specifically for grades K through 8. Archaeology Week will take place in January, and you will learn more about it later in the fall.

The STEM Initiative Continues to Thrive

The list of ongoing projects and aspects of BWL’s curriculum that are related to STEM is too extensive to include here. For a detailed explanation of STEM and its impact on academics in grades K through 12, please click on “Academics” in the home page toolbar
and then click on “STEM Initiative” for the complete list of programs.

Summer Facelift

Due to the generous gift of the Class of 2015, the lobby will have a new look when students return next month: new lighting, fresh paint, new stairway carpeting, shelves and molding. The redesigned security desk area will be completed later in the fall. In addition, the Lower School library and the computer room on the seventh floor have been completely updated, thanks to the generous donations received from the popular “reverse auction” featured at the Spring Gala, a portion of which is allocated annually to technology and related renovations.

Yours sincerely,

Frank J. Carnabuci III

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