Mission and Diversity Statements
The mission of the Nightingale-Bamford School is to educate the minds and the hearts of its students in a challenging, vibrant community that prizes academic excellence.
Founded in 1920, Nightingale is an independent K-12 girls' school that provides a classical curriculum to motivated students of varied backgrounds, interests, and talents. What they share is a demanding academic environment in which their teachers inspire them to love learning and to embrace curiosity, creativity, and hard work. Providing structure and a strong foundation from the start, the curriculum allows for increasing independence as students move through the Lower, Middle, and Upper Schools. In each division, small classes permit teachers to find their students' strengths and insist on their best efforts. Our commitment to the success of every girl is absolute.
At the same time, we believe that success comes in many forms. Through the arts and athletics, ample leadership opportunities, extracurricular activities, and community service, Nightingale students are encouraged to discover and to demonstrate that the mind and heart are equally important, and that one is empty without the other.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees on November 26, 2002.
The Nightingale-Bamford School is committed to diversity in an educational environment of responsibility, mutual respect, and empathy. We value individuals whose differences include, but are not limited to, age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning style, physical ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Fulfilling this mission is an ongoing process requiring active participation and frequent dialogue.
All members of the Nightingale community—students past and present, faculty and staff, administrators, parents, and trustees—are expected to keep their minds and hearts open to difference as a source of strength and a means of growth.