Our Mission

An independent, coeducational college preparatory school in New York City, Birch Wathen Lenox has forged a singular mission. The School is committed to a rigorous, traditional academic program. At the same time, it is open to adapting innovation, consistent with its traditional values. The School strives to develop the unique potential of each student by cultivating intellectual, aesthetic and ethical excellence.

As preparation for social responsibility, BWL instills the values of integrity, loyalty and civility in the Kindergarten through Grade 12 experience. In addition, the BWL tradition is to build character through an abiding regard for educational inquiry, mutual respect and personal renewal.

Our Motto

Integrity, Loyalty, Civility

Based on a foundation of dedicated leadership, ethical achievement and earned respect, the BWL motto, "Integrity, Loyalty, Civility," represents the heart and soul of The Birch Wathen Lenox School.

The Birch Wathen Lenox School approaches academics, athletics and social issues with the utmost sensitivity at all times. The same diversity that enriches the School socially and culturally also offers young people a clear perspective on the various faiths, beliefs and behaviors that define and shape our world. Ethical values are interwoven into daily life at BWL. Our peer leadership program, service learning program, and student government in all three divisions promote responsible citizenship. 

The environment at BWL incorporates personal diligence, devotion and determination, allowing each individual student to feel a sense of pride within the community. Students in Lower, Middle and Upper School contribute to BWL and foster a sense of fellowship by working together. As the students and faculty at BWL take on new challenges, the significance of “Integrity, Loyalty and Civility” is reflected in all of their daily pursuits.

At the opening of major School ceremonies, the ideals of Integrity, Loyalty and Civility are demonstrated by a small group of Sixth Grade students known as the BWL Banner Guard. These students form a procession with banners that display the motto, as well as our founding School names and dates, reminding the BWL community of our ongoing commitment to core ethics.