On Monday, June 1, Interim Head of School Dr. Rosemary White sent the following communication to the BUA community: Families across the country, in our city, and within our very own community are grieving today. In the last several months, we have witnessed a spate of racially-motivated violence in America: the killings of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, and George Floyd in Minneapolis; and the false report made against Christian Cooper in New York City. Over the past few days, protests and riots have broken out in cities across the nation, including right here in Boston -- an eruption of anger, fear, and pain in response to prejudice and mistreatment at the hands of those in power. All this set to the backdrop of a pandemic disproportionately affecting people of color, at a time when tensions are already running high and nerves are frayed. These events highlight the injustices and... More
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker delivered the keynote address at Boston University Academy's Virtual Commencement, held Monday, May 18. In his remarks to the 47 graduates of the BUA Class of 2020, Governor Baker shared three pieces of advice: "Stick with it. Be willing to adapt and change...And seek out great friends and great mentors. No one ever gets anywhere on their own. That...will help you become the person that you're supposed to be, and will give you a chance to build on the opportunity that this school has provided you." Boston University Provost and Chief Academic Officer Jean Morrison also addressed the graduates and their families, remarking on the circumstances surrounding Virtual Commencement: "Throughout history, each generation has its own set of defining experiences. These experiences can be challenging, and even heartbreaking. But they come to shape and define you -- and the world -- for years to come. Although none of us... More
BUA Classics Instructor Dr. Kristin Jewell reflection on her transition to remote teaching: Like a lot of teachers, I went home for spring break with a big pile of books, a bag full of papers, and all sorts of plans for what we would read and discuss when we came back. I had mailed the National Latin and Greek Exams, and we had a plan for finishing the yearbook in a few days. I grabbed some extra books just in case, and cleaned my room extra carefully. . . and then the landscape changed, and the learning curve shot straight up. I participated (remotely) in training, sucked down every teaching idea I could find – and eventually had to stop, triage it all, and figure out what to do for the next 2 days, and the 2 days after that. I was daunted! But I had the best help from everyone at BUA... More
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