Leadership at Stoneleigh-Burnham

The Upper School at Stoneleigh-Burnham

Stoneleigh-Burnham is small by design because we know that girls thrive where they feel genuinely heard. Our intentionally small classes provide each student with the support she needs to take risks in her learning. Our students repeatedly remark on the palpable sense of community they find here and that begins with our faculty. Our faculty are not only the best in their field, they are dedicated to their students and our school. 88% have advanced degrees and all actively pursue professional development in their disciplines. About more than half of faculty members live on campus and serve as houseparents and coaches. This translates to an academic environment where girls are truly known and thus provided with the skilled instruction and encouragement to become their best selves.


The academic day begins at 8:00 a.m. and will typically include six class periods (each period is 50-minutes) interspersed with periods for Leadership, Advisory, Housemeeting, daytime study hall periods, and performance group meetings on any given day. Individual classes meet four times each week. The class day ends at 3:00 p.m., and daily athletics span about two hours in the afternoon. Students can attend dinner anytime from 5:30-6:30 p.m., after which is time for club meetings and a two-hour evening study hall.


Upper School boarding students have a two-hour study hall in the evening, but a typical course load demands work outside of that period.

Academic Graduation Requirements

To receive a Stoneleigh-Burnham School diploma, an Upper School student must earn a minimum of 18 academic credits and meet the distribution requirements below. For the class of 2017 and after, each student must earn a minimum of 20 academic credits.

English 4
History 3 (including United States History required)
Mathematics 4 (including one course beyond Algebra 2 required)
Science 3 (two must be lab sciences), 4 recommended
Languages 3 (consecutive years of the same language required), 4 recommended
Arts 2 trimesters required each year

In addition, each student takes a minimum of five credits and a maximum of six credits per year. Fewer than five and more than six require a petition to the Academic Dean. Stoneleigh-Burnham School recommends students take more than the minimum academic requirements to take advantage of the opportunity to explore new areas of learning. The School makes every effort to place students in courses that will both challenge their academic ability and promote their personal growth. Advisors play an integral role in planning each student’s academic path, working with each girl and her family to make choices for the coming year and beyond.

Stoneleigh-Burnham School Profile

Download a printable School Profile 2019-2020 here

Stoneleigh-Burnham School
574 Bernardston Road
Greenfield, MA 01301

(413) 774-2711
Fax (413) 772-2602


Stephanie Luebbers, Head of School
Lauren Cunniffe, Director of College Counseling (lcunniffe@sbschool.org)

College Board (C.E.E.B.) Number: 220925
SSAT Number: 7504

The School

Founded in 1869, Stoneleigh-Burnham is an independent college preparatory school for girls. Students are admitted to grades 7-12 and postgraduate. Stoneleigh-Burnham School welcomes students from across the country and around the world. We have more than 150 day and boarding students from 13 countries and 15 states. This year there are 21 seniors. Many of our faculty members hold advanced degrees. Class size is usually between 10-12, with a student/teacher ratio of approximately 6:1. Stoneleigh-Burnham has been offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program since the fall of 2011, underscoring our dedication to preparing girls for collegiate success. Offering the IB affords us the opportunity to provide a global, interdisciplinary curriculum and to apply international assessment standards. We are the only girls’ school in New England to offer the IB. 

The Curriculum

Graduation requirements include 20 credits with the following course distribution:

English:                        4 years required
Mathematics:              4 years required, including Algebra 2
History:                        3 years required, including United States History
Science:                        3 years required, 2 years of lab science
Foreign Languages:   3 years of the same language required, 4 years recommended
Arts:                              2 trimesters of art per year
Athletics:                      each trimester while enrolled
English Language:     Advanced EL

We offer the following IB courses: English A Literature SL and HL; History: Europe and the Middle East, HL; French  and Spanish, SL and HL; Mandarin SL, HL and Ab Initio; Math SL, HL and Math Studies SL; Biology HL; Chemistry SL; Environmental Systems and Societies SL; Dance SL; Visual Arts SL and HL; Music (Solo and Group Performance options) SL and HL; Theory of Knowledge.

In general, students are enrolled in five or more courses per trimester, including art. SBS operates on a trimester system. IB courses for IB credit entail two years of study. Students may take one year of an IB course for SBS credit. Please visit our website at www.sbschool.org for further details about course descriptions. All students participate in athletics every trimester, and so are scheduled from 8-5:30 most days, with clubs meeting at night, followed by evening study hall.

Grading: Grading at Stoneleigh-Burnham follows a traditional A-F descending order pattern with the following numerical correspondents: A: 90-100, B: 80-89, C: 70-79, D: 60-69, F Below 60, P: Pass, F: Fail. D- (60) is the lowest passing grade. Grades are unweighted. Stoneleigh-Burnham does not establish class rank.

SAT Middle 50% for the Class of 2016

Reading:    560-710

Math:          590-680

Writing:     560-680

Class of 2017 Grade Distribution for Junior Year

A: 53%
B: 40%
C: 7%
D: 0%
F: 0%

Independent Study

The Independent Study option provides a student-driven, in-depth, and hands-on experience for self-motivated students who are ready to strike out beyond the traditional Stoneleigh-Burnham curriculum and delve into a particular interest or passion. The overall goal is to assure that each student creates a high-quality project that combines real-world experience with focused research, resulting in a final product and/or presentation. Students are encouraged to design projects that require a synthesis of interests and skills across disciplines.

Students who are interested in pursuing an independent study should talk to their advisor.