Welcome to Boston University Academy!
It is my pleasure to welcome you to Boston University Academy, a school for students who are as kind and curious as they are capable.
We are a place where students and teachers live out our mission: “In our caring high-school community, students who love learning are challenged to think critically and read deeply, and to explore adventurously the wider world of learning at Boston University.”
As a high school embedded within a major research university, BUA offers the best of both worlds: a challenging, caring independent-school experience and access to a broad range of university courses. In the eleventh and twelfth grades, students take up to twelve courses from the 2000+ courses in Boston University’s undergraduate curriculum — everything from Linear Algebra to American Urban History, Computer Systems to Abnormal Psychology, Chinese through Literary Masterpieces to Environmental Change & Sustainability. They also apply those credits to their undergraduate experience at top colleges around the country, including BU, where BUA students in good standing gain automatic admission.
But, at its heart, BUA is a small, tight-knit high school community, with a faculty who know and love our students. The ninth and tenth-grade experience centers around small, seminar-style classes where students closely engage with the material and each other. Caring adults are all around them to offer support, challenge, and guidance. Learning is joyful. Being curious is cool. In the words of one of our students, BUA is a place where nice kids who love learning find their people.
We work hard to create a community that reflects Boston and the world where our students will live and work. The school’s 234 students come from 51 cities and towns. 56% of students identify as students of color, and 28% of students receive financial aid — a reflection of our commitment to equity and access.
BUA is an exceptional school community, one that’s easy to fall in love with. I’m so impressed by these independent, sensitive, eager young people and the adults who have devoted themselves to helping them on their way. I’m excited for you to get to know us and discover what makes this place so special.
Head of School