June 11, 2015
Nearly every review on this site, whether negative or positive, has drawn the same conclusion about BU Academy: it isn't for everybody. Make no mistake: BUA is a welcoming and enjoyable place, with truly enthusiastic and supportive teachers. But, having graduated from BUA this year, I'd like to define BUA in slightly different terms. BUA is the perfect school for anybody whose commitment to academic rigor extends beyond lip service.
If you're prepared to work endlessly for seemingly-lukewarm grades in subjects that you considered yourself strong in, then BUA is for you. If you are willing to take classes populated by university students and taught by professors who don't care that you're a high schooler, BUA will be well worth the effort. If you can manage pressure from your teachers, your peers, your parents, and yourself, all while smiling and laughing at the absurdity of it all, you will enjoy BUA and fit in with your classmates.
Conversely, if you expect your teachers' primary concern to be "nurturing" you rather than teaching you, BUA will constitute a rude awakening. If you're looking for classes and seminars that exude intellectuality and haughtiness, but from which you will emerge unscathed and unchallenged, there are other schools that will deliver just that. If you want your high school to affirm your supposed giftedness at the expense of actually testing your talents and developing your abilities, BUA is not the school for you.
BUA is unpretentious: students work hard to prove themselves, and the school makes no self-congratulatory claim that isn't backed up by the level of work. For that reason, any bright, hard-working student will get out exactly what he/she puts into BUA. It might not be for everybody, but for the right student with the right attitude, it is the best and most rewarding high school around.
- submitted by a student