Message From The Headmaster


January 2021

Dear Members of the BWL Community: 

In light of the unprecedented crisis that continues to impact everyone in our community, we have made the decision not to raise tuition for next year. We hope that this will alleviate some of the economic strain that families may be experiencing during this difficult time. 

As enrollment contracts for the 2021-22 academic year are being sent out, it is important to note that within the last five years, we have only raised tuition once. Nonetheless, the School has extended itself during the current academic year to secure the safety of the building and maintain our curricular standards, by making a number of significant expenditures.

To name some of these unforeseen costs, since the beginning of the pandemic we have hired additional staff, at a cost of approximately $232,500, in order to ensure social distancing in classrooms while allowing classes to be simultaneously streamed to students learning remotely. In addition we have: installed a new air filtration system ($211,000); compensated existing staff for additional duties including classroom coverage and deep cleaning ($188,000); purchased PPE and other materials required by New York's Department of Health for facility maintenance ($150,000); and overhauled our internal technology set-up, to offer the highest quality broadcasting for remote learning ($105,000).

While the pandemic continues to transform the world as we know it, we have also made the decision to go paperless with regard to sending and receiving enrollment contracts. The new system is straightforward: families will be able to sign their contracts and send in enrollment deposits digitally, without having to mail or drop contracts off. Our new “e-contract" will be sent to email addresses along with easy to follow instructions.

Thank you in advance. 

Yours Sincerely,

Frank J. Carnabuci III
, Head of School

Frank Carnabuci Jr. III

Mr. Carnabuci has been the Head of School at The Birch Wathen Lenox School since 1992. In addition to his administrative duties, he has taught a Political Union course, and a course on Protocol. He is currently teaching an Honors English course called The Outsider in Literature. He established the School’s Swimming, Squash and Lacrosse teams, created the STEM Initiative and the Archaeology curriculum, and developed the Overseas Studies and Peer Relations programs. Most recently appointed to the council board of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, he has also served on the governing boards of the Rippowam Cisqua School, The Brick Church School and Drew University.