Why BWL?

The Birch Wathen Lenox School (“BWL”) is a highly competitive independent, traditional, coeducational college preparatory school serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Comprising three divisions – the Lower, Middle and Upper schools – BWL offers an easy transition for students that is focused on educational excellence in a state-of-the-art facility. BWL offers a rich curriculum, including an innovative STEAM program that combines Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math, in an interdisciplinary and applied approach that is supported by enriched extracurricular programs and competitive athletics.

BWL has an experienced, talented, and engaged faculty that promotes an academic and student-based environment dedicated to providing the highest quality preparation for college and university. BWL teaches independent and critical thinking, logical reasoning, and promotes confidence and innovative problem-solving capabilities to create leaders who are well positioned to tackle challenges and thrive in an ever-changing global environment. BWL’s low student to faculty ratio (6:1) ensures support where necessary so that the educational potential of every student can be achieved. Rooted in a longstanding tradition of academic excellence that spans over 100 years, BWL provides a rich curriculum, a stimulating environment, and an emphasis on the student that promotes a passion for learning, curiosity, and creativity.

Guided by its pillars of Integrity, Loyalty, Civility, BWL instills in each student a desire for high academic achievement, honor, responsible citizenship, self-discipline, and mutual respect. Through BWL’s commitment to these principles, each student feels respected, valued, challenged, and rewarded.

Celebrating over 100 years of academic excellence, BWL offers a traditional and rigorous academic curriculum that incorporates an innovative program designed to achieve students’ academic success and a sense of social responsibility. Its core values create an environment for students to grow academically and socially so that they will be well rounded, reach their greatest potential, and be prepared for college and life. BWL’s steadfast commitment to the belief that each and every student can realize academic success is evident from its low student to faculty ratio and its focus on critical thinking, logical reasoning, and character building. In each of its three divisions, students not only gain these important skills, they develop a love of learning and a passion for excellence.

From Kindergarten through graduation, BWL creates an open, welcoming, and inclusive community.

The School is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the Educational Records Bureau and the National Association of Independent Schools.