Myth: BUA is only for kids interested in math/science.
Fact: We really do have a great math/science program – and great programs in all other academic areas too! As a classically based school, BUA has a core curriculum that trains students in the critical thinking skills needed for an in-depth study of the humanities and sciences. In ninth and tenth grade, students take courses in all the liberal arts, including English, history, science, mathematics, ancient Greek or Latin, the arts, and physical education. And when they begin taking classes at Boston University in eleventh grade, students can make the most of BU’s wide variety of course offerings and explore their individual academic interests, from chemistry and history to religion and visual arts.
Myth: BUA is a feeder school to Boston University.
Fact: BUA students enroll in an enormous variety of colleges every year, from small liberal arts colleges to major research universities. Some BUA students enjoy their BU experience so much that they matriculate at BU for college, and some choose to explore new campuses. No matter where they go, many BUA students transfer their BU college credits.
Myth: BUA seeks to accelerate high school and adolescence.
Fact: The mission of BU Academy is to expand the high school intellectual experience for highly motivated and capable students. It’s a place where the life of the mind meets the life of the teenager – our students are intellectually passionate and academically mature, but they’re still teenagers, and we wouldn’t want them to be anything else.
Myth: BUA kids work so hard that there's no time for fun.
Fact: BUA kids have a lot of skills – and having fun is one of them! Outside of the classroom, students explore and enjoy arts, athletics, and extracurriculars on and off campus. And at lunch in the GSU, in the hallways between classes, and on the T home, you'll hear BUA students laughing and shouting like any other teenagers. The only difference is that (sometimes) they're laughing about an amusing translation mistake in Latin class or a biology pun someone made during lab. BUAers have plenty of fun – academic and otherwise – at a school with a strong campus community and a deep respect for both the life of the mind and the life of the teenager.
Myth: BU Academy is an all-boys Jesuit school located in Dorchester, MA.
Fact: No, no, no! That’s BC High School. We are co-ed and not religiously affiliated.
Myth: BU Academy students often graduate with over 40 undergraduate credits from BU.
Fact: Actually, believe it or not, that one isn’t a myth. That one is true. Many students transfer credits to their colleges, which they can use to graduate early or to meet requirements and free up space for classes they find more interesting.
Myth: BUA kids can get lost in the shuffle at BU.
Fact: In 9th and 10th grade, BUAers spend the majority of the day in the Academy building unless they are accompanied by an instructor elsewhere on campus. In 11th and 12th grade, students gradually integrate into BU classes with the support of Academy academic advisors, a school counselor, and an entire faculty who are familiar with the transition and practiced in providing resources to Academy students who are beginning to explore the University.
Myth: Students accepted to BUA primarily went to other private schools beforehand.
Fact: 45% of our incoming students come from private schools, 45% come from public schools, and 10% come from other educational backgrounds, including homeschooling. And once they get here, there are no distinctions – BUA's strong campus community brings together students with a wide variety of experiences.
Myth: BUA is the same as any other private day school.
Fact: Au contraire! We like to think of ourselves as having the best of both worlds. We’re a small high school with the resources of a world-class research university at our fingertips, a community of passionate young scholars who make the most of the opportunities at the Academy and the university campus surrounding it.
Myth: Upperclassmen lose touch with the Academy because they are off taking BU classes.
Fact: Whether it’s through American History in eleventh grade, an English seminar in twelfth grade, or leading the Robotics or Frisbee team, our oldest students are integral members of our community. The Junior-Senior room is always full of Academy students taking breaks from BU classes and socializing with their peers, and almost 100% of our clubs and student activities include upperclassmen as members and leaders.
Myth: A classically-based curriculum is useless in 2015.
Fact: Have you ever thought about what life would be like without Plato, Socrates, Homer? We do on a daily basis. Ask us. And classically-based education doesn’t just mean reading The Odyssey in the original Greek (although that’s pretty cool). It also means learning to think critically, debate intelligently, and speak and write articulately about a wide variety of questions. And those skills never go out of date.
Myth: Senior Thesis is the same as any other research paper.
Fact: Through the senior thesis project, students delve deeply into an intellectual passion with the guidance of a BU professor and an Academy advisor. The year-long project is a requirement for graduation, and it results in 4,000-6,000 words on the topic of the student’s choice. It’s a wonderful capstone to the academic experience at the Academy, and a great transition into college-level research and independent work.
Myth: BUA is all about classes. Students study, study, and study, but they don't have time for a social life.
Fact: The Academy offers plenty of extracurricular activities, from art and drama to Robotics and basketball. All our clubs are open to new and experienced members, and participants and leaders come from all grades. Many students also participate in extracurricular programs off campus, and these experiences enrich the diversity of our community. Equally as important, many BUAers make a point to carve out time for their friends who go to other schools
Myth: Ugh, BUA? Isn’t that, like, a “smart kid school”?
Fact: BUA is definitely a place for academically passionate and intellectually curious students. But it’s more than that. It’s a place where diverse and motivated teenagers come together to explore the rigors of a classical education and the benefits of a small campus where the teachers know everyone’s names. It’s a place for students who love to learn, who find joy in asking a hard question and not stopping until they find the right answer, who want to come together with other people to grow as scholars and as people.