Ahead of the Curve
Boston University Academy’s connection to Boston University means we have the expertise, technology, and health safety infrastructure to be a leader both in remote learning and in a safe return to the classroom in the fall of 2020.
Boston University Academy is looking ahead to the fall semester with every hope and intention of returning to campus in a way that is safe for all involved, and with the option for students to continue to learn from home if needed. Although our planning is still in process, we can promise the following. In September, BUA will offer a challenging and engaging academic program. We will be ready with world-class remote learning solutions, building on our experience this spring. We will find ways, in person and otherwise, to build community — important for all of us, but particularly for the newest members of our community. And throughout the year, we will leverage the expertise and resources of Boston University to ensure the safety of our community, the efficacy of our technology, and the strength of our program. We are committed to sharing detailed plans for the fall on or around August 1.
Although we hope and plan to return to in-person teaching and learning in the fall, BUA is prepared to continue to provide a high-quality remote learning and student-life experience if necessary — proactively enhancing and iterating on our model as we go. This fall, BUA students enrolled in Boston University courses will have access to BU’s flexible Learn from Anywhere program in which students have the option of attending classes in person or remotely.
In the spring of 2020, utilizing the wealth of resources available to us as a part of BU, BUA established a robust remote learning and student life model, making the transition to virtual high school in record time. Through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous teaching, delivered through a variety of technology and systems, students immersed themselves in the rich, collaborative learning experience that is the hallmark of a BUA education. Frequent check-ins and virtual open office hours mean that students continued to benefit from close-knit relationships with their teachers and advisors.
Outside of the virtual classroom, students have had abundant opportunities for social connection, and continue to take advantage of the many ways BUA has brought student activities to life online. Whether it’s setting a new personal best in planking for the Fitness Challenge; taking some time for deep breathing in the weekly Mindfulness session; whipping up French onion soup in a Zoom cooking class offered by a beloved teacher; sewing masks for essential workers with Fashion Club; debating free will in Philosophy Club; or participating in the Summer Book Club, students are diving into a host of enriching extracurricular offerings, despite not being able to be together in person.
In this unprecedented time, the talented and dedicated BUA faculty and staff are committed to the education and well-being of their students, and creative in their approach to teaching and supporting students. Likewise, BUA’s characteristically kind and curious students have been positive, flexible, resilient, and adaptive in their new remote learning environment.
The strength of a community is measured in how it comes together in difficult or uncertain times: BUA has risen to meet — and exceed — the challenge.