We have been very Happy with BUA. The quality of instruction has been high in all his academic classes throughout. The other children by and large have been intellectually curious, collaborative, generous and nice kids. Our son has been allowed to take a course for gifted children outside of his regular classes and given help by one of his BUA teachers. It is true that BUA is not a 'sports' school. However, we knew that going in and that was not our, nor his, priority. That said he has enjoyed playing sports there and has increased his skill level.
In my experience as a parent, BU Academy is not an ideal fit for a motivated and very strong academic student with leadership ability. The 'newer' administration is more concerned with uniformity than individuality, despite what it reads in the BUA brochure. The turnover rate for staff is unusually high and has left many parents concerned. The best college counselor who was there for years recently departed too along with other strong staff and has left some parents of seniors and juniors worried. The school has lost it's niche and it's edge. I feel there are serious misrepresentation issues at this school.
I agree that BUA is not what it presents itself to be. Students should be cautious to make sure that their needs will be met prior to commiting to this school.
BU Academy does not present an environment that encourages individual academic pursuit. The school often shuns individuality, despite the ability to take university classes. I would not recommend this school to anyone who has any ideas that don't go along with the norm.
BUA has provided an incredible learning experience for my daughter, who is now a Senior. The teachers and staff are caring and nurture the intellectual and emotional development of the student. Although the school is small, it provides a wide variety of activities and resources, including an affiliation to BU, to provide one of the best educations in Boston.
BUA offers the best of all worlds. BUA itself has small class sizes which offer individualized attention. Beginning junior year, students may take courses at Boston University. If your child is advanced in a given area, they may very well take a graduate level course at BU! No other high school in the Boston area can complete with such a course selection! My son is currently a senior going through the college application process and I am truly amazed at the dedication of the college counselors. Both teachers and the administration are top notch. BUA is hands-down, an excellent school.
BU Academy is a fantastic academically rigourous school, with a supportive staff. The BUA students benefit from the location and use of all the Boston University Facilities, equipment and support. BUA is very small and the students develop a strong relationship with their teachers. Junior and Senior year students can take classes at Boston University. BUA lets student be who they are, with out any stigma being attached to being 'smart'. Overall BUA is a great school.
My son is a junior who was able to test out of the first year in Latin and Math thus enabling him to take more advanced classes. He is currently in 2 university classes, like most of his classmates. His experience has been wonderful and even though the depth of sports choices cannot be large, because of the small class size(35-40 per grade) he has played basketball, goes sailing and participates in tennis. Many of the teachers have PhDs or Masters degrees in their subjects and they challenge their students constantly. My son was accepted in Boston Latin but after going to classes for a day in both schools decided on BUA.
My son is a senior at BUA. This school has superb teachers and offers individualized instruction, especially in the Junior and Senior years when the kids can take BU courses (the sky is the limit!). I think it has been an excellent choice for my son as he has been intellectually challenged and has a great group of friends. The small size does have some disadvantages such as a relatively small pool of students, but this is offset in my opinion by the close-knit community that keeps the kids safe, and the high level of student-teacher interaction. Also, this school really focuses on the 'life of the mind', and appears to bypass some of the social pretense that is pervasive at other area private schools. And I would rate the facilities and extracurricular activities as superb.
Boston University Academy does not individualize even for the highly intelligent student. But, students who are far ahead in math due to prior studies, homeschooling or tutoring, etc. may be identified and have the opportunity to possibly move ahead (even one taking college math as a freshman), but it seems to stop there. BUA is really just another expensive prep school but smaller and without the campus. It is located in a small, lone building with no physically inclusive amenities.
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