Nightingale-Bamford School

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The Nightingale-Bamford School
Established 1920
Type Private, Girls
Founder Frances Nicolau Nightingale and Maya Stevens Bamford
Head of School Paul Burke
Faculty 92 (65 of which are full-time) [1]
Students 560
Grades K-12
Location 20 East 92nd Street NY, NY,
New York City, NY, U.S.
Coordinates 40°47′05″N 73°57′24″W / 40.78485°N 73.956727°W / 40.78485; -73.956727Coordinates: 40°47′05″N 73°57′24″W / 40.78485°N 73.956727°W / 40.78485; -73.956727
Colors Silver and blue
Mascot Nighthawks
Newspaper Spectator
Website Nightingale.org

The Nightingale-Bamford School is an independent all-female university-preparatory school founded in 1920 by Frances Nicolau Nightingale and Maya Stevens Bamford.[2] Located in Manhattan on the Upper East Side.[3] Nightingale-Bamford is a member of the New York Interschool.

Overview[edit]

Nightingale's Lower School includes grades K-4. Middle School includes grades 5-8, and Upper School includes grades 9-12. Nightingale holds a small size of 560 students, approximately 45 pupils per grade level. The student-faculty ratio is 7:1 and the average class size is that of 12 students for academic and up to 22 for PE and the like.[4]

History[edit]

Frances Nicolau Nightingale and Maya Stevens Bamford founded the school in 1920. NBS was originally named Miss Nightingale's School; officially becoming "The Nightingale-Bamford School" in 1929. Since 1920, NBS has graduated nearly 3,000 alumnae.[5] As of 2008, the School endowment is at $74.9 million.[6]

Faculty[edit]

Dorothy Hutcheson was head of Nightingale from July 1992 through June 2012. She was the longest serving head of school of any girls’ school in New York City.[7] Paul Burke took over as head of school in July 2012.

Academics[edit]

In October 2008, the NBS Middle School literary magazine Out of Uniform was awarded the Gold Medalist Certificate from The Columbia Scholastic Press Association of Columbia University.[8] In late September 2008, three NBS students were named semifinalists in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, which recognizes outstanding black high school students. [9]

In April 2013, a team of five upper school students won first place at Technovation Challenge, the world's largest tech competition for girls. The $10,000 prize will be used to develop and market their winning app. [10]

Advising[edit]

Joyce Slayton Mitchell, Nightingale's former college advisor, is the author of Winning the Heart of the College Admissions Dean (Ten Speed Press, 2001, 2005). Heather Beveridge is the college advisor.

Nightingale hosts the Manhattan College Fair for New York City Independent School juniors and their parents.[11]

Admissions[edit]

Nightingale's admissions process has received some media attention in the past few years.[12]

Financial aid[edit]

As of the 2008-2009 school year, 32% of the NBS student body received financial assistance with $2.8 million in grants being awarded.[6]

Rankings[edit]

In a Worth magazine study, Nightingale placed 77th out of 31,700 private and public high schools in the U.S. in placing its graduates in Harvard, Princeton and Yale.

Diversity[edit]

Nightingale-Bamford has a diverse community for an independent school with 26% of the student body being students of color.[4] The school has a program called Cultural Awareness for Everyone, or informally CAFE. CAFE touches on the basis of not only race, but also class, religion, sexual orientation, gender, and age.[13]

Partner schools[edit]

Nightingale-Bamford has no official partner or brother school. However, the school has activities with St. David's and Allen-Stevenson (both boys schools) and is a member of Interschool, which organizes programs and activities for eight New York City independent schools: Trinity, Dalton, Collegiate, Brearley, Chapin, Spence, Nightingale, and Browning. [14]

Notable alumnae[edit]

NBS in pop culture[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Home - The Nightingale-Bamford School". Nightingale.org. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  2. ^ "History". About Nightingale. Nightingale-Bamford School. Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  3. ^ "Home - The Nightingale-Bamford School". Nightingale.org. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  4. ^ a b "Admissions FAQ". Admissions. Nightingale-Bamford School. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Home - The Nightingale-Bamford School". Nightingale.org. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  6. ^ a b "Home - The Nightingale-Bamford School". Nightingale.org. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  7. ^ "Home - The Nightingale-Bamford School". Nightingale.org. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  8. ^ "Home - The Nightingale-Bamford School". Nightingale.org. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  9. ^ "Home - The Nightingale-Bamford School". Nightingale.org. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  10. ^ Contributors, Insights (2013-05-10). "Meet the Next Generation of Entrepreneurs". Wired. 
  11. ^ "Home - The Nightingale-Bamford School". Nightingale.org. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  12. ^ Hymowitz, Kay S. (2001). "Survivor: The Manhattan Kindergarten". City Journal (The Manhattan Institute). Retrieved 2008-06-17. 
  13. ^ "Home - The Nightingale-Bamford School". Nightingale.org. 2012-09-24. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  14. ^ http://www.facultydiversitysearch.org/
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  16. ^ "ABOUT SHOSHANNA". 
  17. ^ Bumiller, Elisabeth (1999-07-20). "PUBLIC LIVES; A Top Adviser to a Much-Advised First Lady". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-05-20. 
  18. ^ "Sarah Thompson". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  19. ^ "'Gossip Girl' Triumphs Over 'O.C.,' Say New York Preppies - ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2007-09-20. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 

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