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Mission Statement

An independent, coeducational college preparatory school in New York City, Birch Wathen Lenox has forged a singular mission. The School is committed to a traditionally rigorous academic program while placing an uncommon emphasis on nurturing the individual in the community. The School strives to develop the unique potential of each student by cultivating intellectual, aesthetic and ethical excellence. The environment for learning is marked by high expectations. As preparation for social responsibility, BWL instills the values of integrity, loyalty and civility in the K through 12 experience. In addition, the BWL tradition is to build character through an abiding regard for educational inquiry, mutual respect and personal renewal.



Diversity at BWL encompasses a broad spectrum of ever-evolving concepts and ideas, all of which connect to nurturing the individual. Our Mission Statement includes the phrase, “nurturing the individual in the community”—this expresses the importance of tolerance and inclusivity, as well as our commitment to celebrating differences. As we work toward specific goals related to diversity, we continue to participate in several successful forums where students and faculty meet regularly to discuss their plans.


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