Health and Wellness

Classroom-based teaching and learning is at the center of what we do at Boston University Academy. Increasingly, however, we know that first-rate teaching and learning cannot happen without the thoughtful pairing of student support resources. This extends to advising, social-emotional support, and student health and wellness.

BUA has recently adopted the RULER social-emotional literacy curriculum that was developed by Yale University to address emotional regulation, healthy habits, effective self-advocacy, and stress management. The curriculum will be piloted in the 2019-2020 school year with all ninth graders. 

Additionally, BUA students have access to a Registered Nurse within the Academy building. The nurse is a practitioner with BU’s Student Health Services, and is available to BUA students daily.

Throughout the year, BUA partners with offices and departments at Boston University as well as with outside practitioners to facilitate workshops for both students and parents on:

  • Drugs and alcohol
  • Sexual education
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Sleep
  • Nutrition
  • Exercise
  • Time management
  • And more

In 2018-2019, BUA promoted health and wellness through the following opportunities:

  • Workshops for students and parents on drug education and stress with practitioner Will Slotnick
  • Planned Parenthood Sexual Health Workshops
  • Workshop on stress facilitated by BU’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders
  • Presentation on eating well and healthy choices by BU Sargent Choice Nutrition Center