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CURRICULUM OVERVIEW


Curriculum Overview At Boston University Academy, high school students who love learning are challenged to read critically and think deeply, and to adventurously explore the world of learning on the campus of a global research university. Boston University Academy’s academic program is a hybrid: a liberal arts core high school curriculum, paired with courses at Boston University. It’s also an optimal blend of smallclasses and individualized teacher attention at BUA, and the vast educational resources available through BU. Students’ zeal for learning can take them as far as they are capable: there are literally no limits to learning at BUA.

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Curriculum Overview Our curriculum — the only one of its kind in New England — enables students to gain exposure to new disciplines and to pursue their particular interests at advanced levels. It is a program built for students’ growth as thinkers and individuals. By design, the curriculum evolves to provide an appropriate level of challenge and support for each grade level, preparing students for the myriad of opportunities offered at BU in their junior and senior years. Boston University Academy’s program is mindful of each student’s unique needs and interests.

A Distinctive Curriculum Boston University Academy classes are all honors level. Every student gains a solid foundation in the humanities—English, history, and language. Ninth and tenth graders also study physics and chemistry, a visual or performing art, and the level of mathematics they are prepared for, from advanced algebra to multivariable calculus and beyond. BUA’s core curriculum prepares students for in-depth study of just about anything.

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While ninth and tenth grade students follow a liberal arts curriculum, eleventh and twelfth graders have the freedom to choose from more than 2,000 classes from Boston University’s course catalog. In their BU courses, eleventh and twelfth grade students build upon their underclassmen experience to pursue their individual interests at advanced levels. Students graduate from BUA with a foundation for becoming enlightened, thoughtful, impactful citizens.


Grades 9 & 10 Liberal arts curriculum that includes English, history, science, mathematics, classical language, the arts, and physical education

‘Foundations in Language and Logic,’ an introductory seminar on the trivium of grammar, rhetoric, and logic

Two-year study of Latin or ancient Greek; returning tenth graders who test into the third semester of a modern language may choose to take that course at BU instead of the second year of classical language

Interdisciplinary approach to humanities by immersion in the classic texts of Western civilization in their original languages and an emphasis on close reading and writing

Elective modern language courses offered online through Middlebury Interactive Languages in 9th and 10th grade

A shared academic experience to support study across a wide variety of disciplines in 11th and 12th grade

Our approach prompts students to understand historical perspectives, to think critically and delve deeply, to master the use of primary texts, and to hone their interpretive skills. BUA students learn to question what they read, to craft a well-reasoned argument, and to appreciate the connections between literature, history, philosophy, religion, science, and political theory. Classes focus on the debate of “why” and “how.”

Master Class Schedule MONDAY

A

8:00-8:50

B

9:05-9:55

C

10:10-11:00

TUESDAY

A

8:00-8:50

Class Mtg 9:00-9:20

C

C

9:30-10:20 9:30-10:45

ACAD BL

Lunch

10:30-11:20

12:15-1:05

F

1:15-2:05

A

8:00-8:50

B

9:05-9:55

C

10:10-11:00

Lunch 12:00-12:50

Lunch

E

1:00-1:50

D

D

12:00-12:50 12:00-12:50

F

ASM

long

FLL/ 2:15-3:05 ACAD BL

2:00-2:50 2:00-3:15

SEMINAR 2:25-4:15

SEMINAR 2:00-3:50

FRIDAY

8:00-8:50

A

8:00-8:50

Advising 9:00-9:20

B

9:05-9:55

C

10:10-11:00

B

B

long

9:30-10:20 9:30-10:45

10:30-11:20

AB

Lunch

9:30-10:45

Lunch

9/10 Adv 11:55-12:05

D

F

THURSDAY

ACAD BL

AB

9:30-10:45

9/10 Adv 11:55-12:05

D

long

WEDNESDAY

D

12:00-12:50

except for ENG65

E

1:15-2:05

E

1:00-1:50

PE

2:15-3:30

F

2:00-2:50

SEMINAR 2:00-3:50

9/10 Adv 11:55-12:05

F

12:15-1:05

D for ENG65

E

E

long

1:15-2:05 1:15-2:30

ACAD BL AB

2:15-3:05

2:40-3:05

SEMINAR 2:25-4:15

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Sample Ninth Grade Schedule MONDAY

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FRIDAY


Sample Tenth Grade Schedule MONDAY

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Grades 11 & 12 All eleventh and twelfth graders enroll in courses at BU; juniors typically take two courses a semester at the University, while seniors can take as many as four courses a semester Students can pick from more than 2,000 BU courses including 27 different languages All University courses are taken for credit with Boston University faculty and students; most students earn as many as 40 college credits (the equivalent of 12 college courses or 1½ years) prior to graduating

Course credits may be transferred at the discretion of the college at which a student matriculates Most students graduate with proficiency in two languages: one classical and one modern All students are expected to complete calculus by the end of their senior year All seniors complete a year-long thesis project under the guidance of a university professor and a BUA faculty advisor

Students typically take two University classes a semester during junior year and as many as four classes each semester as seniors. Most juniors enroll in Biology 107 and Biology 108, completing the science sequence that began with physics and chemistry at BUA, and a modern language at the University. In taking University language courses, students often achieve in two years the equivalent of four years of high school language study. As such, many BUA students graduate with proficiency in two additional languages — one classical and one modern.

Sample Eleventh Grade Schedule MONDAY

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Sample Twelfth Grade Schedule MONDAY

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Curriculum Requirements The non-shaded areas represent graduation requirements, while the shaded boxes represent elective options in which students can choose courses from either BUA or BU. All BUA courses are honors level and there is no tracking.

Curriculum Requirements Foundations in Language and Logic -- required coursework for all 9th graders This year-long course alternates between full-class and small-group meetings that teach the trivium of grammar, rhetoric, and logic. The class aims to help students appreciate the tools available to them as writers and to anticipate the expectations for reading and writing in BUA courses and beyond.

Modern Language Option -- full-credit elective for 9th and 10th graders; by application BUA’s Modern Language options enables underclassmen to study a modern language in tandem with the five full-credit course load. There are two ways in which ninth and tenth graders can study a modern language: the first is a digital program through Middlebury Interactive Languages; the second is advanced modern language study at BU for those returning tenth graders who demonstrate proficiency equivalent to two years of high school language (by placing into a third semester language course at BU). Junior Research Seminars -- ½ credit elective for 11th graders (optional) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM): Students tour various laboratories and examine current science periodicals throughout the year in preparation for 6-week summer research internships.

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History, Arts, and Letters (HAL): Students learn how to start a research project—including the use of libraries, web-based resources, bibliographies, and other findings—and how to write an extensive independent research paper. Advanced Art Seminars -- ½ credit elective for 11th and 12th graders Visual Art: studio-based course; emphasis on advancing drawing and painting skills through observational studies

Drama: advanced study of Shakespeare from the standpoint of the theatre artist Music Theory: exploratory study and analysis of the mechanics of reading music and musical composition Musicianship: survey of fundamental musical techniques including, but not limited to solfège, sightsinging, clef reading, rhythm performance, score reading, transposition, canonic improvisation, and conducting

All-School Meetings All-School Meeting (ASM) takes place every Thursday morning during the academic year and is an essential part of the BUA program. All-School Meetings are an opportunity for our community to come together to learn, share news and announcements, and discuss important — and sometimes challenging — issues facing our school and society at large. ASM also captures the essence of our relationship with BU. These weekly talks are often given by BU professors, visiting scholars, or BUA faculty, on their areas of expertise. The talks introduce students to new fields of study, the cutting-edge ideas invigorating those fields, and the passionate people behind them. All-School meetings are open to all members of our community, including current and past parents and alumni. All-School Meetings from the 2018-2019 academic year included: Rohina Malik,”Unveiled” -- a performance of the critically acclaimed one-woman play about five Muslim women in a post-9/11 world Zeyneb Magavi P’21, Director, Heet (Home Energy Efficiency Team) -- “Creating Science-Driven Climate Policy:The Gas Leaks Case Study” Sarabeth Buckley, PhD Candidate, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University -“Enhancing growth in green roof gardens with CO2 from human respiration inside buildings” Dr. Brett Abigana, BUA Music Instructor -“Sometimes I Hear Things: Symphony no. 1 - Omnes Gentes” Professor John Fernandez, Director, Environmental Solutions Initiative, MIT -- “Urban Metabolism and Dark Money in Climate Change Denial”

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