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Achieve EXCELLENCE THROUGH Balance

10601 FALLS ROAD, POTOMAC, MD 20854 301-299-8500 | www.bullis.org

Bullis is an independent, diverse, co-educational college preparatory day school for boys and girls in grades 3-12.

Achieve EXCELLENCE Balance

THROUGH


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AT B U L L I S , W E B E L I E V E T H AT T H E B E S T E D U C AT I O N I S AC H I E V E D T H R O U G H B A L A N C E . Here, students learn and grow, discover academic and extra-curricular passions, value community, develop lifelong skills and are happier and more confident because of the balance we provide.

Achieve EXCELLENCE THROUGH Balance


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High school should be a place to explore. Bullis fosters

your creative spirit to tackle new things and to not be afraid to try something unfamiliar. Brooke Gutschick, 10th grade

Âť our mission

Bullis School provides a student-centered balanced experience in academics, athletics, the arts and community service. Bullis uniquely prepares all students to become caring citizens and creative, critical thinkers who will thrive in tomorrow’s world.


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At Bullis, a balance between academics, arts and athletics is our foundation. From a challenging college preparatory education to a full array of performing groups and athletic teams, Bullis provides students the chance to learn in the classroom and art studio, and on the playing field and stage. Rather than specializing, our students experience it all.

AC A D E M I C S , A R T S & AT H L E T I C S Every Bullis student is guided to discover his or her own unique successes in school. Students are encouraged — in fact, expected — to explore many areas. In the process, they learn to appreciate the value of succeeding in some areas while facing challenges in others By graduation, Bullis students are well-rounded and have gained confidence from achievements that are defined as much by high grades as strong effort.They have learned the satisfaction of conquering the unknown, and have become an integral part of a community that heralds both leaders and learners.

Here at Bullis I didn’t have to choose

between dance or tennis. I can do both things I love. Dylan Owens, 9th grade


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Kamar Saint-Louis, 12th grade Kamar Saint-Louis has balanced academics with athletics and other extra-curriculars to stay active and get the most out of school. A varsity soccer midfielder for three years, he also was on the It’s Academic team, played trombone in the Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, served as a student tutor and was elected student government co-president for his senior year. Being involved in many activities, Kamar has become friends with a wide range of students:“When you discover common interests, it’s easier to communicate with others.”

Student Government Co-President

You will run into plenty of challenges in life. The more you’ve

been exposed to different things now, the easier it will be to handle whatever comes your way in the future.


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» our core academic values: Communication Critical Thinking Creativity Collaboration Resourcefulness

AC ADEMICS Lower School — Grades 3-5: Safe, welcoming classroom communities create a fertile environment for learning. In the Lower School, two small classes in each grade level provide a cozy atmosphere that allows teachers to know their students well both academically and socially.Teachers often develop special projects across academic disciplines in order to bring lessons to life. Students develop academic skills independently and in small groups, and an emphasis is placed on “learning how I learn.”

Middle School — Grades 6-8: Middle School is a favorite entry point for many Bullis students.The combination of a small class environment within a larger school offering a complete range of opportunities, athletics and facilities is ideally suited to adolescent growth, needs and interests. Children in these years are beginning to understand themselves as people and as learners and need freedom to comfortably try new things while learning to work through challenges. Middle schoolers want to laugh and have fun — and also to be taken seriously. Bullis cultivates an environment where students can develop responsibility for themselves and their education.

Upper School — Grades 9-12: A rigorous college preparatory program provides students with a full range of on-level, honors and AP courses. Using a student-centered approach, teachers emphasize quality rather than quantity in coursework and use technology and other resources to make learning more meaningful and relevant to students today. Upper School students work hard and keep busy, successfully juggling academic demands with athletics, arts and other extracurriculars. While preparing students for college, the Upper School also cultivates personal growth and helps students to develop interests and passions. Bullis graduates are prepared not just academically — they gain the strength of character and confidence to succeed in college and beyond.


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National History Day Winner Cami Uechi, 11th grade

Cami Uechi prefers to be busy, and Bullis offers plenty of opportunities to fill her days. Along with a rigorous load of advanced classes to playing varsity soccer and performing with the Jazz Workshop, Cami has also tried musical theater — “I never thought I could dance or sing or act!”— and started running track. Among all her activities, though, academics come first for Cami: she has won numerous academic awards and is a National History Day winner for the state of Maryland.

There’s no limit to what you can do,

and Bullis broke the barrier for me to do so many things.


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International Student Yanbing Yang, 10th grade Yanbing likes to paint and draw to creatively challenge herself. Since coming to Bullis from her native China to live with a host family, she played soccer for the first time and enjoyed the openness and freedom to ask questions and work on fun projects in her math class. She also hopes to explore swimming, tutoring, volunteering and serving as an ambassador for prospective students.“Every new activity has been enjoyable and interesting, and I can try many things to develop current interests and find new ones.�

In China, we have to choose one activity to focus on, but here we can try many different things.


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ARTS The Blair Family Center for the Arts provides a state-of-the-art home for a robust arts program that engages students in a full range of offerings including music, theater, dance, drawing, ceramics and digital media. A talented and dedicated faculty brings artistic excellence and commitment to the classroom, music room and stage, guiding and challenging students to discover something exciting for every skill level.

» Every day is busy at Blair... Jazz Café, student musicals and plays, choral events, art shows, Festival of Light, pottery classes, dance showcases…and more.

From the computer music class to the dance studio and full-scale productions in the 750-seat Howard Auditorium, every day at Blair buzzes with activity. Students develop skills and talents, explore new avenues and discover new passions. Whether students are future artists or performers, or just trying something new, the Bullis Arts program instills an appreciation of the arts and the understanding that effort and engagement are more important than ability.

ATHLETICS Bullis has 25 athletic teams, many of which compete in the IAC (boys) or ISL (girls) leagues for local area independent schools. Our teams are highly accomplished, yet Bullis believes that all students — no matter their skill level — should have the opportunity to participate.We believe that teamwork, sportsmanship, school spirit and learning to win and lose gracefully are paramount life skills. Students take physical education in the Lower School, participate in interscholastic competitive teams in the Middle School, and can play junior varsity or varsity sports in the Upper School. Participation requirements ensure that every student develops skills and appreciation for athletics and nearly every student plays on a team all the way to graduation.With 63 interscholastic teams competing in 14 different sports at Bullis, there is a place for every student.

» Athletic Facilities

Kline Alumni Stadium: 2,000 seats, artificial-turf field, 8-lane all-weather track Athletic Center: 1,000-seat gym, 3 basketball courts, wrestling gym, strength and fitness center Tennis: 7 outdoor and 4 indoor courts Playing Fields For: football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and softball Outdoor basketball courts


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Ninety-five dedicated teachers and administrators put student needs first when developing curriculum and classroom activities, ensuring success for each student. Bullis teachers combine high expectations with flexibility, and students and parents often praise the true caring that teachers show for their students both inside and outside the classroom.

T E AC H E R S W H O C H A L L E N G E & N U R T U R E Bullis teachers adeptly juggle the progression of the class with the needs of individual students, and use innovative and creative lessons to combine fun with learning, so that the focus is on the material and the development of skills rather than simply assessing grades.

Teachers are always incorporating new technology

to make it interesting and more fun for us to learn. Brian Mitchell, 9th grade

» The Backwards Classroom

AP calculus teacher Stacey Roshan had a problem. The pace of the AP curriculum did not provide enough time for students to ask questions or get special help. When she learned about new software that would allow her to record her lectures for playback via iTunes, the “Backwards Classrooom” was created. Students now listen to Ms. Roshan’s lectures for homework, and then do “homework” problems in class while she works with them individually. After only one year, AP scores jumped — 78% of students received 4s or 5s.


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Teachers are connected to students and really care about them. They go above and

beyond to help us reach our goals. They challenge us, but want us to succeed and will always help us get there.

Kevin Tenenbaum, 12th grade


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Diversity is the strength behind our united community. Students come from a wide range of backgrounds — racial, ethnic, geographic, socio-economic — and have differing learning styles, abilities and interests. This wealth of diversity continually enriches the campus experience for everyone.

COMMUNITY BASED IN DIVERSITY Because of participation requirements that place students in athletics or arts programs they may not gravitate toward naturally, students learn to appreciate the skills and abilities of others and develop friendships throughout the student body. Finding a common bond in a shared interest or activity — or even bonding over a lack of ability! — is often a source of lasting friendships forged at Bullis. Community is based on what we share — school pride, along with equal appreciation for effort, achievement and hard work.We also celebrate our differences in class and a variety of special events, giving students windows through which they can learn about the experiences of others.

Everyone has a connection through something at Bullis — whether it’s a class,

a sport, a club, peer mentors, senior buddies or other things. It makes the whole school feel closer, and is one of the things I love about Bullis.

Dazia Hall, 10th grade


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Community Organizer

Margot McKelvie, 11th grade Margot McKelvie had never played field hockey before coming to Bullis in 7th grade, yet for her senior year she has been voted co-captain of the team. Still, her interests go far beyond the field. Margot has also excelled in advanced studio art and helped establish the Gay-Straight Alliance, which participated in National Day of Silence in the club’s first year to support those students who feel they do not have a voice.

Being well-rounded and getting involved in many experiences builds character, and makes you

more open and understanding of other people. It breaks down barriers, builds your confidence and allows you to meet people across grades and from different backgrounds and perspectives.


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Trying new things is the best way to learn — not just what you like and don’t like, but also how to handle things that are unfamiliar and become comfortable knowing you can manage whatever comes next. If you don’t try in life, what is there?

Martial Artist

Clark Tyra, 12th grade

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Read more stories of students who achieve excellence through balance. To read the QR tag, download a QR tag reader application on your mobile device or visit www.bullis.org/studentprofiles

Clark Tyra started at Bullis in 6th grade.Throughout his middle and upper school years, the supportive atmosphere encouraged him to get involved in many activities. Clark has sung in all three Bullis choirs (often in this tuxedo!) and was on the varsity soccer and wrestling teams for four years. He also studied martial arts and served food at a local women’s shelter every Monday evening.“Bullis taught me to learn in many ways, to handle lots of things, become multi-dimensional, and be able to handle whatever comes next.”


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At Bullis, we have a strong sense of who we are. Uniforms and a structured schedule harken back to traditional roots. And while we adhere to the School's core values — integrity, respect, diversity, service and responsibility — change is the most important tradition at Bullis. From our commitment to discovering the best ways to use technology for learning and our insistence that our students become global citizens, a Bullis education is both relevant and enduring.

TRADITIONAL MEETS PROGRESSIVE My math class was the first time I ever had a teacher say ‘take out your cell phones!’

Olivia Holmes, 11th grade

» A Unique Musical Warm-up

Watching a Chinese-American chorus do tai chi to prepare for a performance, music teacher Stephanie Mayer-Sattin wanted to explore the connection between the two. After studying with Master Yuan Xiu Gang in China, she asked the Parent Association for a grant to bring him to Bullis for a week. Master Yuan taught tai chi and qigong to help students access balance and a peaceful state of mind to more easily switch from academics to arts, be more creative and prepare for performance.


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With a 102-acre campus and a variety of buildings and facilities, a school of our size might seem overwhelming for some students. But at Bullis, the average class size is only 15 students. All-school assemblies every week bring the youngest and oldest students together to celebrate school news and student achievements. Senior class “buddies” work with Lower School students throughout the year. Peer mentors guide younger students with transitions and decisions. Third graders are welcomed in a special ceremony each year by the 12th grade “Lifers” who have been at Bullis since 3rd grade.

SPACE TO EXPLORE , WITHOUT GETTING LOST Every day, in so many ways, our student body comes together — our big school is actually a tight community. The beautiful campus, which students enjoy every day walking between classes and to the library, arts center or athletic center, gives them a chance to get fresh air, enjoy a break and have a different experience than traditional school hallways provide.

The kids here are really friendly.

When I first came, right away I felt like I was part of a family. Nailah Shaw, 8th grade


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» Micro-Entrepreneurs Open Shop to Help Others

Fifth graders put their economics studies into action last fall. After learning about small business development, each student created a microenterprise to raise money for a local non-profit organization. They were even offered small business loans of $20 each from the School’s business office to help finance their start-ups — after first completing a formal loan application. Finally, the students opened for business at a oneday Entrepreneur Fair. Businesses represented a wide range of commercial enterprises selling services and goods from home-baked goodies to tattoos, face painting to comic strips, games of chance and even “Starr’s Advice Booth.” After accounting for expenses, the students generated nearly $1000 in profit, all of which they donated to the local humane society. Then they began contemplating what they could do for the national debt…


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Balance provides the perfect atmosphere for students to learn and grow to their highest potential. Caring, challenging and community are more than just buzzwords at Bullis. These concepts are the very foundation of the School and help to define our success. Bullis students develop the best tools to succeed in college and beyond. The multi-level education they receive at Bullis equips them to become global citizens who enthusiastically embrace challenge, demonstrate strong positive character and cultivate community.

Bullis helps you discover what you’re

good at — and makes sure you know that you are. Jason Roth, 12th grade


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10601 FALLS ROAD, POTOMAC, MD 20854 301-299-8500 | www.bullis.org

Bullis is an independent, diverse, co-educational college preparatory day school for boys and girls in grades 3-12.

Achieve EXCELLENCE Balance

THROUGH


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