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Our Academic Mission


The Birch Wathen Lenox School stimulates and challenges each student's growth through a classic yet innovative curriculum. That means students benefit from a rigorous, structured college-preparatory educational program within an encouraging and responsive environment.

Empowering Students to Reach Their Potential

Our compelling classroom curriculum ranges from interdisciplinary studies to students' extracurricular activities, often utilizing the New York City community as a springboard for learning. The result of this compelling program is a platform from which students rise to extraordinary academic heights.

Our ever-present goal is to develop a mastery of the subjects at each appropriate level, while implementing valuable lifelong skills. The assessment and development of each student's academic progress includes classroom and standardized testing, as well as lab work, cooperative learning and individual presentations.

Core Courses: Math, History, English, World Language, Science

Secondary Courses: Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Physical Education

Innovative Courses: Environmental Science, Democracy and Dissent, Robotics & Technology

From the earliest stages of Kindergarten to the pinnacle of senior year, a BWL student:

  • Develops a strong foundation of knowledge across core subject areas.
  • Possesses the discipline needed to tackle challenges inside and outside the classroom.
  • Achieves the multidisciplinary competency to carry themselves with confidence towards their daily pursuits and long-term ambitions.
  • Gains pivotal study skills and effective learning strategies.
  • Responds to learning with a sense of wonder and excitement.

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