Stoneleigh-Burnham School

Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA view map
All Girls, No Religious Affiliation

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Stoneleigh-Burnham School, founded in 1869, is a girl’s boarding and day school nestled in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. Educating girls grades 7-12 on its beautiful 100-acre campus, the School inspires its students to value intellectual curiosity, to embrace diversity and to act with integrity.

Stoneleigh-Burnham offers an array of challenging academic courses that launch students into focused study and leadership to prepare them for college and beyond. Now the only girls’ school in New England to become an International Baccalaureate World School offering the IB Diploma, Stoneleigh-Burnham will raise its expectations for global awareness to another level as it positions itself to provide the best of 21st century learning.

Additionally, Stoneleigh-Burnham provides opportunities outside the classroom for a well-rounded educational experience. These include athletic pursuits, numerous clubs and after-school activities as well as nationally recognized equestrian, debate and performing arts programs.

Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Equestrian Program provides riders of all levels quality instruction in Hunters, Jumpers, Equitation, Dressage and Combined Training. Facilities include an indoor riding complex, outdoor sand rings, a European-style Derby Field and a cross-country course.

The School’s Debate and Public Speaking Society encourages students to articulate ideas with power and clarity. Members participate in public speaking tournaments, planned cross-examination debates, extemporaneous debates, Lincoln-Douglas debates and parliamentary debates.

Stoneleigh-Burnham’s Arts curriculum fosters success in individual creativity. Students participate in a rich and extensive array of courses in Instrumental Performance, Studio Art, Vocal Music, Music Composition, Dance and Theatre.

Girls develop best when they are in a community that knows them and where they feel connected. At Stoneleigh-Burnham, students live in a safe and inspiring environment that allows them to take risks, find their strengths and gain confidence. Each student is encouraged to explore who she really is, discover her individual passions and to find her own voice.

574 Bernardston Road, Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA 01301

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Director of Admission: Eric Swartzentruber
Admissions Phone:413-774-2711Fax:413-772-2602
Email: Website:

  • Application Deadline: February 15
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: Yes
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Stoneleigh-Burnham is now an International Baccalaureate World School!

Posted on March 30, 2011
It’s official! We are an International Baccalaureate World School. Stoneleigh-Burnham is now the third girls’ school in the USA, the only girls’ school in New England and one of only three boarding schools in New England to offer this prestigious and rigorous program of study.

  • Founded: 1869
  • Campus Size: 105 acres
  • Grades Offered: 7th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, AISNE
Student Body
Grades 7th-post-grad
Grades 7th-post-grad
Girls     111 47 158
Boys     0 0 0
Total     111 47 158

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $49,896
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $29,757
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 65.00%
  • Average Awarded: $29,000

Department Director: Alex Bogel

Average Class Size: 10

Full Time Teachers: 32

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 75.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6/1

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • ESL: Intermediate
  • ESL: Advanced
  • Learning Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Technology Center
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Poetry
  • IB English
  • European History
  • Honors
  • United States History
  • World History
  • Economics, Psych ology, IB History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • IB French, IB Spanish, IB Chinese, IB Russian
  • Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Physical Science
  • Physics
  • Equine Science, IB Biology, IB Chemistry, IB ESS
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • IB SL Math, IB HL Math
Computer Studies:
  • Global Technology
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Voice
  • Jazz Combo, Rock Band, Chamber Music, IB Music
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Ballet
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Debate
  • Design
  • Drawing
  • Modern Dance
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Public Speaking
  • Weaving
  • Intro to Studio Arts, IB Art, IB Dance
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
  • Senior Project, Grade-level Forum
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • Debate and Public Speaking

AP Courses Available:

Summary: The atmosphere is home-like and welcoming, and houseparents welcome students into their apartments for informal gatherings after study hall and on the weekends. The residential hallways are organized by grade. Houseparents are interspersed throughout, and student resident assistants are assigned to each hallway. Students can also spend time in the common rooms located on each hallway.

Department Director: John Larson

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 3

Average Students Per Dorm: 30

No. of Girls Dorms: 3

Dorm Amenities:
Laundry Facilities 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 

Dress Code: Other

Student Life

Summary: The friends you make here are one of the most rewarding aspects of attending Stoneleigh-Burnham School. Students come from all over the world and from throughout the United States to live and learn at Stoneleigh-Burnham. You will meet people from a variety of backgrounds and will get to know them through studying together, sharing fun times in the dorms, participating in the arts and athletics, and enjoying weekend trips and activities. Ask any of the School's over 5,000 alumnae what she remembers best about her experience at Stoneleigh-Burnham School and she will tell you it's the friends that she made here. Weekends are full of activities, from community service projects to dances with other area schools. A shuttle is provided on Friday and Saturday nights to take students into town to go out to eat, see a movie or do some shopping. Weekend activities have included trips to Boston and New York City; cultural events at area colleges; excursions to ski resorts, museums, and concerts; and dances with other schools.


  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Technology Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Pool
  • Tennis Courts, Indoor and outdoor Equestrian rings

Clubs and Organizations

  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Literary Magazine
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Yearbook
  • Gay Straight Alliance, Green Team, Culture Buddies

Summary: Athletics are thoroughly integrated into our school’s educational program. Student-athletes at Stoneleigh-Burnham learn the value of teamwork and the lessons of athletic competition. Our motto is: “Win without boasting, lose without excuse!” Each student will find her place in our athletic program, from the advanced player to the novice. Every season provides an opportunity to acquire skills, experience leadership, and grow personally. At a small school like ours you are not only a part of the team, you make an immediate impact. With health and wellness the objective, we offer a range of athletics from interscholastic competition, to a fitness option, to activities girls can pursue for a lifetime. In particular, the dance department at the Stoneleigh-Burnham School is designed to aid girls in the development of kinesthetic intelligence and to provide opportunities for self-expression and communication. Through their courses, dancers build self-esteem and strength. With class offerings from the beginning to advanced and IB levels, girls discover that dance is an art form that links mind and body.

Arts Department Director: Ann Sorvino

Athletics Department Director: Jeff Conlon

Notable Achievements: Jan '14 will represent US at Thailand art festival, New England Basketball Tournament Quarter Finalist, RiverValley League Champions X-C soccer basketball

  • A Cappella Group
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Dance
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Modern dance, Jazz dance, Ballet, Pointe
Interscholastic Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Equestrian
  • Golf
  • Horseback Riding
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
Recreational Sports
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Tennis

Summary: Stoneleigh-Burnham School prepares students for the challenges of college and for the choices they will make in their lives and careers in the years that follow. Throughout their time here, students are assisted in selecting courses and preparing for testing that will position them for admission to the colleges that suit them best. The college counselor works closely with the students, both in small groups and individually, to ensure that each student feels confident about having a good, balanced, and unique college list. Weekly forum sessions dedicated to college research (winter and spring of Junior year) and applications and essays (fall of Senior year) guarantee that every student understands her strengths and goals and feels well prepared to submit her college applications.

Department Director: Lauren Cunniffe

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Mount Holyoke College 2 graduates
Skidmore College 1 graduates
Bryn Mawr College 1 graduates
New York University, Abu Dhabi 1 graduates
University of California, San Diego 1 graduates
University of Rochester 1 graduates
University of Texas, Austin 1 graduates
Pitzer College 1 graduates
New York University 2 graduates
Smith College 2 graduates
Cornell University 1 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading NA NA
Mathematics NA NA
Writing NA NA

Notable Alumni

Quotes from Alumni

Summary: Stoneleigh-Burnham School offers a number of day and residential summer programs. Based on campus, the programs make use of our outstanding facilities and are directed by Stoneleigh-Burnham faculty. Our summer offerings emphasize the development of confidence, the acquisition of skills, and the discovery of new talents and abilities. They adhere to the same high standards set at Stoneleigh-Burnham during the academic year. Students live in the dormitories with supervision from resident faculty and dorm parents. This summer, Stoneleigh-Burnham is excited to offer: Bonnie Castle Riding Camp Intensive Riding Camp The Sorvino Dance Intensive A Voice of Her Own: A Public Speaking an Debate Experience For more information, please visit our website.

Bonnie Castle Riding Camp

July 07, 2013 to July 20, 2013

Bonnie Castle Riding Camp, established in 1982, is for girls ages nine to sixteen. The camp is held on the 100-acre campus of Stoneleigh-Burnham School for Girls, located in the lovely Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts.

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2013
Financial Aid Available:  No
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The Sorvino Dance Intensive

July 07, 2013 to July 13, 2013

The Sorvino Dance Intensive is designed to give young dancers training with professional instructors in a beautiful, fun-filled location with a maximum of twenty-four students. Dancers come to refine technique and prepare performance pieces.

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2013
Financial Aid Available:  No
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A Voice of Her Own: Public Speaking and Debate

July 22, 2013 to July 26, 2013

Through its continued commitment to the education of young women, Stoneleigh-Burnham School presents a residential Public Speaking and Debate program. Stoneleigh-Burnham's primary goal is to honor girls' voices, intellects, and passion for learning.

Registration Deadline: June 01, 2013
Financial Aid Available:  No
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