Birch Wathen Lenox embraces coeducation to help prepare students for a mixed-gender society. In an atmosphere that is both challenging and nurturing, boys and girls at BWL benefit from a conscious coeducation devoted to each individual's importance within the School community.
Many studies have examined the effectiveness of gender-specific schooling. This single-sex philosophy toward education, particularly the belief that adolescent girls show improvements in mathematics and science in an all girls environment, has undergone clarification in subsequent studies that suggest less conclusive findings. In fact, an addendum to a report by the American Association of University Women found "no overall evidence that single-sex education was better for girls than coeducation."
At BWL, small classes, individualized attention, and a focused, gender-fair curriculum contribute to our students' successful education. The School's commitment to its motto of “Integrity, Loyalty and Civility” brings a strong sensitivity to the commonalities and differences among all students as they develop voices to express themselves academically, athletically, socially and artistically.
Girls and boys are recognized and respected both as separate genders and as members of the same community. The School's curriculum takes the same care in recognizing this duality by offering gender-balanced studies and units of study that are equally devoted to significant figures from each gender.
Student athletes at Birch Wathen Lenox experience the maximum benefits of a coeducational approach. Both genders participate together in physical education classes, while each plays a wide range of sports. Boys and girls can compete interscholastically as early as Grade Five. Sportsmanship and friendship flourish as athletic skills and physical fitness soar. Both genders thrive from the program's cultivation of sensitivity, respect, assertiveness and confidence.
Each spring, boys and girls are equally acknowledged for high levels of achievement in academic excellence and for consistent efforts. Highly sought-after scholarships are awarded to Eighth Graders for their remaining years at BWL.
At Birch Wathen Lenox, all students are instilled with an immense sense of pride in their unique abilities as they grow into mature young adults. In our coeducational Schooling environment, both boys and girls flourish and are well-qualified to excel in the outside world.