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Upper School

Upper School students face a new degree of independence, as they rise to meet the demands of the college-preparatory program.

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 is comprised of compulsory studies that include two years of the arts; three years each of History, Math, Science and World Language; and four years of English and Physical Education. Opportunities for students to add elective courses to their schedules are enhanced further by the offering of Advanced Placement courses to eligible students. AP American History is available to juniors, while seniors may choose up to four Advanced Placement courses, schedules permitting, from among Biology, Physics, Calculus, Computer Science, English literature, and French or Spanish language or literature. BWL is also a member of the Constellation Learning Consortium, giving our students access to a broad range of elective and AP courses. 

To follow each student's unique path as he or she strives 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 Club, 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.

Every year, the entire BWL community applauds the newest graduates as they receive their diplomas and embark on the next chapter of their lives, taking with them the effusive BWL spirit and a comprehensive readiness for their future life endeavors.

Upper School Leadership


Ben DiNardo

Co-Director of Upper School


Guillermo Salgado

Co-Director of Upper School

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