New Student Commons

Construction began on Nichols School’s new Student Commons in the summer of 2018. This innovative new facility was designed for expanded dining, meeting and gathering spaces and is an exciting and long-awaited addition to our campus. The new Student Commons, located between the Rand Dining Room in Mitchell Hall and the Flickinger Performing Arts Center, was completed in August 2019 in preparation for the 2019-20 school year.

The Student Commons serves as a gathering area for students to spend their free time during the school day, in addition to providing space for more students to eat lunch at the same time. It also increases our event space and allows us to host more group meetings and community programs. The new multipurpose room for lectures, meetings and presentations features a video screen and a sliding door, allowing for flexibility within the new space depending on the event. The space has wheelchair access and is climate-controlled.

A new east-facing Duffy Courtyard overlooking the quadrangle and a west-facing terrace overlooking Peek and Truscott Fields frame the building.

Nichols School was fortunate to receive strong philanthropic support for this $4.5 million project. The School continues to secure funding for the project beyond its completion. Please contact Director of Advancement Leslie Garcia at to find out how to support this project or to learn more about naming opportunities.

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Progress in Pictures

Our aim is to train minds, bodies and hearts for the work of life, and to carry into all we do the highest ideals of character and service.

Fast facts
Average Class Size: 14
Student/Teacher Ratio: 8:1
Acres: 30
Founded: 1892
Average Enrollment: 555
Boy/Girl Ratio: 50% / 50%
Endowment: $30 million
AP Classes: 20

Pursuit of Excellence
At Nichols, inspired teachers and students are committed to a quality standard of learning and achievement in all aspects of school life.

Integrity of Character
Our community strives to cultivate each student's sense of responsibility, compassion, honesty, and self-discipline, producing confident and ethical young people.

Tradition and Change
Grounded in the wisdom of the past, we stimulate adaptive and innovative abilities to prepare our students for the future.

Rigor and Balance
Our challenging expectations and structured environment bring out potential. Each student is encouraged to find the balance among academic, artistic, athletic and extra-curricular involvements.

Diverse Community
Nichols School reflects the region's neighborhoods and the wider world, building mutual respect and understanding. In our daily school life, we strive to be a caring community for each individual.