Thank you for your interest in Nichols School. Since beginning my new role in July 2019, I have learned much about the school’s history, the supportive faculty and staff, and an engaged community of alumni, parents and friends. I am confident you will enjoy getting to know Nichols as well.
The students at Nichols learn to embrace challenge and grow from the wide array of opportunities available at our school. From fifth grade through 12th grade, dedicated and experienced faculty members are empowered to craft a rich curriculum to make learning relevant for each student. Outside the classroom, Nichols students do not hesitate to make their mark, whether on the playing field, on the stage, in the lab, or throughout Western New York. With the support of the community, students eagerly pursue their passions and approach new experiences with confidence.
We have now entered a period of time where every school across the country has had to accept the challenge of educating students virtually. Our school has had to answer many of the difficult questions every school has faced: What does a school day look like online? How do we continue to care for our students? How can we foster a sense of community in this new environment? As a school, we have considered these questions with open minds and caring hearts.
In our Middle School, young minds and bodies are prepared for success in the Upper School, but special attention is devoted to developing HEART by our faculty. How students care for one another and for the world around them, how they learn to lead and serve others, and how they learn to embrace their unique voice in our school community is of the utmost importance. These lessons are instilled at school meetings, in the classroom (online and offline), and in advisory groups as students find a sense of belonging.
When students join our Upper School in ninth grade, they are encouraged to discover broader perspectives in a dynamic, energizing, and inspiring environment. Students are taught to think critically and to speak their minds with eloquence and conviction, preparing them for leadership positions now and in the future. A robust curriculum gives students the chance to explore subjects they are passionate about in preparation for the next stage of their education.
This school’s commitment to excellence in education derives from over 125 years of tradition. What do I seek for future Nichols students? My goal is to help them continue to connect with what is meaningful to them, in the hope that they will graduate from Nichols and go on to make an impact in their chosen pursuits.
Christopher D. Burner
Head of School