Upper School students face a new degree of independence, as they rise to meet the demands of the college-preparatory program. But BWL’s Upper School students are confidently prepared for every step that lies ahead. From the very beginning of Grade 9 through the day graduates receive their diplomas, each student is guaranteed guidance by members of a superior faculty and College Counseling team.
The Upper School Curriculum
Students are educated within BWL’s rigorous academic environment, which also incorporates nurture, structure and guidance. Expectations of Upper School students include high achievement in academics, active social awareness and a wide range of extracurricular activities, all culminating with students' matriculation at a fine college or university.
The Upper School curriculum consists of compulsory studies that include:
- Four years of English and Physical Education
- Three years of History, Math, Science, and World Language
- Two years of the Arts
Opportunities for students to add elective courses to their schedules are enhanced further by the offering of Advanced Placement courses to eligible students. BWL is also a member of the Constellation Learning Consortium, giving our students access to a broad range of elective and even more AP courses.
Additionally, to follow each student's unique path as they strive to master the course work, the faculty measures academic progress through quarterly grades, comments, conferences and standardized testing, always maintaining a partnership between parents and the School.
Upper School students are keenly aware of their responsibility and privilege of being role models for the rest of the School, as they are given the opportunity to hold positions in peer leadership as well as student government.
Extracurricular activities are expanded through the addition of new clubs every year, such as the Debate Team, Film Club, Sports Analysis Club, Robotics, Support & Inclusivity Club, Peer Tutoring, Community Service clubs, and various student publications (yearbook, newspaper, poetry and a lifestyle magazine), to name just a few.
Interscholastic athletics are an integral part of the BWL Upper School. For a small, independent institution, BWL offers an impressive list of sports teams for all students. Student-athletes rise to the highest levels of divisional and state competitions, generating excitement throughout the community. Through teamwork, sportsmanship and drive, they are able to reach their athletic goals.
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