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The Brick Building’s halls are full of vibrant art and completed 5th and 6th grade assignments, giving visitors a view into the thinking process of our 5th and 6th graders. The 5th and 6th grade homerooms are located on the first floor. The second floor houses the library for grades 2 through 6, a technology lab, and a Community Room space where students regularly mix and mingle over lunch or club meetings. The space is also occasionally used by the Aftercare Program or the Drama program.
The Gymnasium is the largest indoor gathering area on the Lower School campus and it is frequently in use. During the regular school day it is used for physical education but it is often turned into a concert hall, a theater, or a place for BB&N assemblies. You will often see children waving to their siblings as our grades come together for assemblies.
The New Wing, artfully melded onto our 1921 Gymnasium and utilizing skylights to highlight the beautiful brick of the former gymnasium wall, offers a light filled space for our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders. The common space is used for small group meetings and creative work sessions.
The Markham House, known for its distinctive red exterior, is the original building in which the Buckingham School for Girls started in 1889. It is now home to the Arts, Math, and World Languages studies. Whether it's building sets for the upcoming musical, belting out traditional Puerto Rican pop music, or solving logic puzzles, there is always something fun and interesting happening in this building.
The Kelsey House serves as headquarters for the Lower School's 60 faculty members. At any time during the day you may find faculty and staff in Kelsey enjoying a cup of coffee, having an impromptu meeting, or eating lunch.
The Morrison Admission House is a warm and cozy space to begin your journey through the Admission Process at BB&N’s Lower School. First, you will be welcomed by the Lower School Admission Team, introduced to your current parent tour guides, and sent out to tour our 3 acre campus with its village-like atmosphere. Our trained parent tour guides will show you the campus, focusing on the grade or grades in which you are interested, and then return you back to Morrison House to meet with a member of the Admission Team to answer your questions, and help you determine if you are interested in moving forward in the admission process.
The New Wing Playground is visited by grades 2 through 6, and was designed with the input of students. The multitude of slides, monkey bars, spirals and bridges are enticing! BB&N believes that an active body helps fuel an active mind, and each grade has outdoor time daily, sometimes twice daily. Bi and Little Buddies sometimes meet on our three playgrounds
Bridgman House, centrally located between the New Wing Playground, The Playing Field, and the K-1 Playground, houses the Nurse’s Office, the Aftercare Program, the Teacher Training Institute and the Communications Office. The Aftercare program is housed on the 1st floor, an ideal central location to collect and connect children at the end of the day. The 2nd floor houses both the Intern Training Program, where local graduate students meet with their BB&N advisor after assisting in classrooms during the day as part of their graduate training and the 3rd floor houses BB&N’s Office of Communications.
This is where the magic of a BB&N education begins. Some children come in Beginners, our 4 year old classroom, while others start at Kindergarten or 1st Grade. Besides the children’s classrooms, it houses a second library, just for this age group, and a Dramatic Movement classroom on the first floor. The Head of School has an office on the first floor, as does the Lower School Assistant Director.
Kindergarteners and Grade 1 students benefit from their own playground, giving them the opportunity to build close relationships with one another and with their teachers. The play structures are smaller than those at the New Wing Playground, but they are perfect for this age group. Adjacent to the playground is the beloved Outdoor Classroom, which was created in 2014, as a collaboration between BB&N Kindergarten students and their teachers. It is utilized by almost every grade level.
Remember your first day of school? We hope your parents were allowed to come into the classroom with you. Our Beginner parents are encouraged to walk their child onto the campus, and to use the small playground in front of the building, on Craigie Street, to help ease their child’s transition into the classrooms. Beginners may spend the first half hour of their day on this perfectly sized playground before coming into the building for their morning meetings. It is an ideal space to socialize and to prepare for a full day of play-based learning.
The Lehner Center, currently the newest building on campus is used by all LS students. As you walk in you may hear music on the ground floor, where both music classrooms are located. Our three Science Labs are housed on the 2nd floor and the hallway is usually full of the fruits of the students’ labor - write ups of their experiments, photos of them outside examining flora and fauna, and detailed anatomical drawings from the older students. If you are lucky, you may see BB&N’s resident guinea pig in her spacious home! The 3rd floor of the Lehner Center is another community space - used for Aftercare, classroom displays, and group projects such as the All Campus Block Building Project started by our youngest students.
This beautiful building on Craigie Street serves as the Head of School's residence and is a central location for all school life. Beginner and Kindergarten parents use the driveway for drop-off in the morning. Dr, Price, our head of school, welcomes Open House visitors there in the fall, and welcomes new BB&N families there in the spring. Teacher events are also frequently held in this welcoming space.