Dear BUA Community, As I prepare to join the BUA family in July, I have had the great pleasure of immersing myself in the life of the school during two visits, first in October, and more recently in January -- sitting in on two dozen classes; hearing from students in grade meetings, over lunch, and in the hallways; cheering on BUA’s teams on the field and on the court; getting to know this passionate and talented faculty and staff; talking with parent volunteers; connecting with alumni; and working closely with Dr. White and her excellent team. I am so grateful for the warm welcome and for the community’s partnership in these early days. I also had the honor of meeting roughly 60 prospective families at the Evening with the Head of School event in January and offering them some reflections about my visits to campus. I’m writing to share those thoughts with... More
Aditi Deokar '21, shares the genesis of the following interview with Incoming Head of School Chris Kolovos: I met Mr. Kolovos at Fall Festival during his October visit, and I wanted the school to get to know our incoming head of school better. As head of school, Mr. Kolovos will represent the school, and we at the Scarlet Letter, BUA's student-run blog, thought an interview with him would be beneficial to the BUA community. Below is the conversation that resulted. How did you get to where you are now? More specifically, how was your high school experience? Did your time at Roxbury Latin influence your decision to become an educator and/or an administrator? I feel so lucky because I am one of those people who is doing exactly what I dreamed of doing when I was a kid. My parents are immigrants from Greece; they never went to college, but really value education. More
Will Reason '20 and Ewan Henderson '20 share the following report of the BUA Boys' Soccer team's recent winning streak, starting with the Fall Festival game: "On a cool evening under the lights of Nickerson Field, BUA Boys' Soccer fought back to win 2-1 against Boston Trinity Academy at the Fall Festival match. In a game of great importance and greater drama, our fans rose to the occasion. Equipped with signs, cowbells, and vuvuzelas their passion made Nickerson into a fortress and struck fear deep into our opponents' hearts. Nevertheless, after conceding midway through the first half, and fighting futilely for an equalizer, we found ourselves trailing 1-0 with just six minutes remaining. All hope seemed lost, but nevertheless our fans rose en masse and walked across the bleachers to support us from nearer our opponent’s goal. Feeding off the crowd’s energy, Nick Reason '23 escaped his marker and flew down the right wing. More
For the fourth consecutive year, BUA is proud to be an exhibitor at the Boston Book Festival in partnership with WBUR. The Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of literature and ideas, and enhances the vibrancy of our city. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, October 19 in Copley Square from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. BUA will be a stop on the Passport to Imagination Tour, a scavenger hunt where festival-goers can make their way through exhibitors’ booths, taking part in fun activities and picking up stamps along the way. Visitors to our booth can learn more about our school’s academic program, get their hand stamped with a picture of Rhett Jr., or pick up some candy and BUA swag. Be sure to stop by! For more information about exhibitors at the 2019 Boston Book Festival, visit https://bostonbookfest.org/.
The Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE) is hosting their annual Expo for Families of Color Exploring Independent Schools at Boston University's George Sherman Union - right in BUA's backyard! Boston University Academy will be hosting a booth where families can learn more about our distinctive academic program and warm, close-knit community of learners. BUA's own Director of Admission Nastaran Hakimi will be part of a panel discussion on the Independent School Admission Process, and Director of Financial Aid Paige Brewster will be a panelist on the Independent Schools Financial Aid Process panel. BUA student volunteers will be available help guide Expo attendees around the GSU. The event will take place this Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 p.m.Visit this link for more details and to register. View and download the event flier here, and view the event on Facebook here. Please feel free to share widely!
Carlos Martinez will join Boston University Academy as an English Instructor in the fall of 2019. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas in San Antonio and received his doctorate in English from Brandeis University. His dissertation, entitled "Cormac McCarthy and the American Absurd," is a monograph on the author that treats themes associated with Southern and Southwestern American Literature. He has taught writing and literature courses at Purdue University, Brandeis University, Wheelock College, Boston University, Framingham State University, and Newbury College. This summer, we sat down with Dr. Martinez to learn what makes him tick. Where did you grow up, and how did that impact who you are today? I grew up in San Antonio, Texas, but my family is from a small town near Monterrey, Mexico. I spent much of my youth going back and forth to Mexico, and that helped me appreciate cultural difference on a very personal... More
To the BUA Community, I am delighted to be joining the Boston University Academy family and honored to partner with all of you as we chart the future of this extraordinary school. My visits to campus during the search confirmed what I have known for a long time: BUA is a special place -- a function largely of the people who pass through its doors. I met students whose intellectual ability and curiosity is matched by their empathy and kindness; faculty members who stoke that curiosity while they take the time to get to know each young person as an individual; staff who work hard to create a warm, thriving, dynamic school culture; parents and alumni who embrace the mission and are invested in the future of BUA; and university leaders who are committed to a vision where BU and BUA continue to elevate one another. BUA is wonderfully positioned to thrive in... More
Boston University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Jean Morrison announced Monday the appointment of Christos Kolovos as Boston University Academy's next Head of School. Chris Kolovos is Associate Head of School at Greens Farms Academy, an independent, pre-K-12 day school in Westport, CT, which has earned distinction for a rigorous, innovative, globally-minded curriculum that incorporates the surrounding ecosystems, the latest digital tools, and a student-centered approach to teaching and learning. In his six years at Greens Farms Academy, Mr. Kolovos has overseen the school’s academic program, from faculty hiring and professional development to curriculum and accreditation; directed major institutional efforts to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion; spearheaded the creation of a new schedule, service-learning program, and faculty evaluation system; and led the adoption of new courses focused on STEM, sustainability, global studies, and social justice. Mr. Kolovos previously served as Director of Global Education at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, MA, More
On Monday, May 20, the BUA Class of 2019 received their diplomas at Boston University Academy's 25th Commencement exercise, held at the BU Tsai Performance Center. Boston University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Dr. Jean Morrison spoke to graduating seniors about the privilege of their education and the special relationship between BUA and BU, and WBUR Morning Edition host Mr. Bob Oakes delivered a keynote address on the importance of civic participation. The class of 37 graduates will matriculate at the following colleges and universities this fall: Boston University (10) Brandeis University (2) Brown University (2) Columbia University The George Washington University Harvard College Johns Hopkins University University of Massachusetts, Amherst University of Michigan New York University Northeastern University (3) Northwestern University Reed College University of Rochester Smith College Stanford University Swarthmore College University of Toronto The University of Edinburgh Tufts University (3) Tulane University Wellesley College Professional video of the Commencement ceremony is available here. Photographs will be available shortly. Congratulations to the Class of 2019!
Norm Blanchard, chair of the BUA Head of School Search Advisory Committee, sent an update on the head of school search to the BUA community on May 2, 2019. Read the full update here.