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Stoneleigh Burnham School

Stoneleigh Burnham School is an all-female private boarding traditional school for students in grades 7 through 13.

Institution Type: Private Setting: Rural


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Stoneleigh Burnham School says

Stoneleigh-Burnham School, founded in 1869, is a girls’ boarding and day school nestled in the beautiful Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. Educating girls grades 7-12 and post-graduate on its 100-acre campus, the school inspires its students to value intellectual curiosity, to embrace diversity, and to act with integrity. Stoneleigh-Burnham is the only girls’ school in New England to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.

Girls develop best when they are in a community that knows them and where they feel connected. With its history of fostering the development of strong female identities, its safe and inclusive multi-cultural environment, and its dedication to understanding how girls best learn and grow, Stoneleigh-Burnham School guides emerging women to become active agents of their own destiny.


Our intentionally small school provides a supportive environment for girls to push themselves and to take risks in their learning. With classes that average just 10 students, there is no back row in which to hide. Every voice in the room counts and each girl will contribute to every class with her unique opinions, worldview, and ideas. Our teachers emphasize the practical application of their lessons while encouraging students’ self-discovery. Our middle and upper school curriculums challenge each student to understand the multi-sensory, collaborative process by which she learns about herself and the world.

As the first and only girls’ school in New England to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, we are dedicated to ensuring our girls graduate with the ability to draw connections across disciplines and to be active, compassionate lifelong learners.

Mission Statement

Stoneleigh-Burnham School is an academic community that fosters an international perspective. We inspire girls to pursue meaningful lives based on honor, respect and intellectual curiosity. Each student is challenged to discover her best self and graduate with confidence to think independently and act ethically, secure in the knowledge that her voice will be heard.


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Admission Information

Stoneleigh-Burnham School gives each applicant careful consideration and strives to provide families with all the information they need to make the best-informed decision with their daughters. We offer need-based financial aid and payment plan options to eligible students. Families seeking financial aid should contact the Admissions Office.

Financial Aid Information

55% of our current students receive some form of assistance from Stoneleigh-Burnham, and many other families have been counseled in creative financing options. We are committed to supporting qualified, well-rounded, and positive students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to benefit from and contribute to our community. Most of the available financial aid is offered to families who apply by February 15th. We are generally unable to offer financial aid to international students.

Housing Information

Lifelong friendships are made at Stoneleigh-Burnham, and many of those friendships begin in the dorm rooms. Living together in dorms brings girls together like a family – a socially, economically and ethnically diverse family. Girls and their roommates make their living spaces uniquely theirs, and Houseparents and Residential Assistants give boarding students the round-the-clock support they need and go out of their way to make each and every girl feel special and important.

International Admission Information

Success in the 21st century is dependent on tolerance and global mindedness. Stoneleigh-Burnham welcomes students from over 18 countries. Students here learn as much about diverse peoples, places, cultures, and communication styles from their peers as they do from the faculty.

Student Life Information

Turning up the long, tree-lined driveway into campus, you see rolling fields, stables, riding paddocks, and very often, horses. Sitting atop the hill are the school’s cozy white stucco buildings, where girls learn, live, and grow. There’s a wealth of athletic facilities, including tennis complex, sports fields, fitness rooms, outdoor pool, and gymnasium. The arts facilities include a theater, music practice rooms, art studios, and dance studios. The library boasts more than 10,000 books, plus magazines and movies, and many other amenities.




Grades Cost Term
High School $32,030 - $53,708 Annual
Middle School $32,030 - $53,708 Annual

Private schools, including parochial and boarding, are funded through tuition and fees. The cost varies from school to school, but most families pay tuition to attend them. Many private schools offer financial aid or discounts, so it's worthwhile to ask about these options.


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Entrance Requirements

  • SSAT and the average admitted student scores in the 66th percentile.



Academic Calendar: Trimester

  • Spanish
  • French
  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Student Services

Student Services
    Academic Support Services
  • If a student has a mild to moderate learning disability or an academic weakness, she may benefit from targeted instruction in specific academic skills or strategies. The Academic Center, directed by Jane Mellow, is designed to support students in developing the skills and strategies necessary to succeed in an unmodified college-preparatory curriculum.
  • Counseling Services
  • Additional guidance and support is available to students through Stoneleigh-Burnham’s counseling center, directed by Ellen Carter, MSW. Ellen is approachable and supportive and always happy to meet with students one-on-one. In addition, Ellen meets with groups of students and offers a range of workshops including: meditation and stress reduction, conflict resolution, healthy relationships and community building. Should a student wish to meet with a therapist off campus, Ellen is available to help facilitate making a referral.
  • International Student Support Groups
  • International students are paired with a domestic student (a culture buddy) who contacts them by email over the summer so they can get to know each other even before the new student arrives on campus. The Culture Buddy program goals are to integrate international students into the SBS community, to create lasting and rewarding friendships between domestic and international students, and to encourage cross-cultural understanding and communication.
  • Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Support Groups
  • Minority Support Groups
  • Peer Tutoring Programs

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 160
Student Teacher Ratio 5 : 1
Average Class Size 10
Gender 100% Female
Dress Code Casual
Percent Boarding 71%
Athletic Director Annie Kandel
Dean of Students Kristen Peterson
Academic Dean Alex Bogel
Director of Admissions Eric Swartzentruber
Head of School Sally Mixsell


One of the great benefits of attending a small independent school is the wealth of extracurricular opportunities available to students. Stoneleigh-Burnham is proud of the many and diverse clubs and affinity groups, allowing students to engage in rewarding projects outside the classroom. Many students explore and participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities during their time here, often trying something new to them. Students are responsible for running clubs, raising funds for a variety of projects, and reporting to faculty advisors. Through involvement in extracurricular activities, they take risks, learn new skills, and become leaders.
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Ballet
  • Band
  • Basketball
  • Choral Groups
  • Chorus
  • Community Service
  • Cross Country
  • Debate
  • Drama/Theater
  • Environmental Club/ Environmental Awareness Association
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Fitness
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • General Dance
  • Ice Skating
  • International Student Organization
  • Lacrosse
  • Literary Magazine
  • Music Ensembles
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Student Government
  • Tennis
  • Theater
  • Volleyball
  • Yearbook

Associations & Memberships

Other school associations

The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

National Coalition of Girls Schools (NCGS)

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