What Makes Buckley Special?

Our Approach

As stated in our mission, The Buckley School is a dynamic, nurturing learning community. Seamlessly, the Buckley faculty have developed programming that balances the incorporation of proven methods from traditional education with more progressive, modern approaches. Students are encouraged to find and follow their passions while also receiving a well-rounded liberal arts education through our Four-Fold Plan.
I am proud to be a part of such a strong faculty. Teachers view their work as an ever-evolving practice, regularly collaborating to reflect, improve, and meet students’ needs in different ways. They are supported in trying new methods to reach students, which in turn helps them encourage students to take risks in the classroom. Our small class sizes enable teachers to know each student as an individual and to effectively meet their socioemotional and academic needs. Teachers share in student experiences by joining them on outdoor education trips, serving as advisors, and participating in Spirit Week competitions.
However, the best thing about Buckley’s Upper School is its students. Buckley’s student body is by far the most kind, caring, and accepting of any I’ve encountered. Our focus on developing empathy and global awareness is regularly led by the students. Our students are our leaders. Whether on the basketball court, in a social justice symposium, or in a history debate playing Jefferson or Hamilton, our students develop the capacity to make an impact in the world.
I hope you’ll visit our vibrant campus. Come and sit in on a captivating AP European History lecture by Mr. Petrella, or make some pottery in Mrs. Mahoney’s Ceramics class. Stop by the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement to discuss an upcoming service project, or test your blood type in Dr. G’s Biology course. Regardless of the space you enter, I am confident that you will be impressed by our engaging programs, thoughtful students, and dedicated faculty.


Alexis Stern
Interim Head of the Upper School

AP Courses Offered

AP 2-D Art and Design
AP 3-D Art and Design
AP Art History
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Chemistry
AP Computer Science A
AP Drawing
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Environmental Science
AP European History
AP French Language and Culture
AP Human Geography
AP Macroeconomics
AP Microeconomics
AP Music Theory
AP Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism
AP Psychology
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Statistics
AP United States Government and Politics
AP United States History