Boston University Academy


City and State: Boston, Massachusetts

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Phone, FAX, Email: Phone: 617-353-9000 Fax: 617-353-8999

Year in which program began: 1993

Director of program: Head of School: James S. Berkman

Public or Private institution?
Private institution

What is the age of students who attend? Is there a minimum or maximum age for students who enroll?
Students are grades 9-12

Number of students enrolled.

Number of years students attend?
4 years

Boarding? Day students? Both?
Day students

Tuition and Fees? Different for in-state, out of state, international students?
Tuition and fees for all students is $30,123

Single gender or Co-educational?


Requirements to Apply? Tests, recommendations, interviews?
Students must submit a student questionnaire, provided by the Academy, recommendations from an English teacher, Math teacher, and a school counselor. They must submit a personal essay as well as a graded school essay. Parents must also fill out a questionnaire and students must submit a grade report. Students must also take the Secondary School Admission test (SSAT) and international students must take the TOEFL. The minimum scores allowed on the TOEFL to be considered for acceptance are: Writing 22, Speaking 23, Reading 25 and Listening 21

Gender: how many girls and boys?
88 boys and 66 girls

Students of Color? % of student body?
25% of the student body

Opportunities for financial aid or scholarships:
32% of students receive financial aid. The average financial aid grant is $17,633


Kids get their high school diploma as well as accumulating college credits?

Students have already graduated from high school and are purely college students?
No; the Academy is a high school.

Required courses?
The 9th and 10th grade students follow a traditional liberal arts curriculum including, English, history, science, math, Greek or Latin, the arts, and physical education. The students are required to take two years of Greek or Latin.
11th and 12th grade students continue to take courses at the Academy as well as courses at Boston University itself.
Please click here to read course descriptions for the English, Classics, History, Math, Science, and Arts classes for students at the Academy

Curriculum: Does the school have a focus on STEM classes (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)? Which majors available?
No, students take a well-rounded set of liberal arts courses. There are no majors available.
However, there is an optional junior research seminar, which allows students to begin thesis work. It meets two hours a week and there is a STEM option for research.

Is the curriculum a standard college one, or one specially designed for highly talented students? Are standard courses at the college challenging enough?
It is a traditional college prep curriculum that is challenging to students and prepares them for success when they enter college.

Number of faculty members? Faculty:student ratio? Average class size? Teachers teach at the ‘parent’ institution too?
21 faculty members, a ratio of 7:1, the average class size is 13. They do not teach at the parent institution.

Are there lab facilities that would facilitate the upper level science courses necessary for certain science majors? If not, do students use labs off campus?
The Academy has two, state of the art science labs as well as access to the BU Robotics Lab in the Engineering Building
Tutoring system in place? Peer-to-peer, T.A.s, profs?
Peer Tutors assist other Academy students with course material, helping them to master concepts, complete homework, and identify what questions to ask.


How many students live on campus v. off?
All students live off campus at home

Sports (intramural and/or competition with other schools):
The Academy has basketball, soccer, cross country, fencing, crew, tennis and Ultimate Frisbee teams. The teams participate in the Massachusetts Bay Independent League, the New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference, and the Girls’ Independent League.

Outdoor recreation (hiking, climbing, bike trips…) or organizations sponsored by school?
Students have a multitude of clubs to join at the Academy from Amnesty International to the Robotics Club. Click here for a full list and descriptions.

Music programs? Do kids join parent-institution’s choirs, ensembles?
The Academy has a Chamber Ensemble, Chorus and Opera Club.

Theatre and Dance programs, either separate or merged with parent school?
There is a Drama Club that offers student theatre enthusiasts an opportunity to practice their craft. All students who are interested in theatrical performance or set design are welcome to audition for the Academy’s fall musical, spring play, and annual senior-directed production.

What type of career counseling is offered to the students?
Students receive college counseling as early as their junior year through scheduled appointments and an open door policy. In their senior year during the fall semester, students work with counselors to finalize their college lists, prepare for interviews, draft essays and coordinate applications. Official advising meeting for juniors and their parents begin as early as January.
There are also weekly group meetings for juniors and seniors to help keep them on target during the process, they are reminded of deadlines and discuss their transition to higher education.
The Academy also hosts between 60 and 70 college representatives from the US and abroad each year.


What happens to the students when they leave? Are there lists of students attending which universities after they leave the program?
From 2002-2009 more than one student has attended: Amherst College, Boston College, Boston University, Brandeis University, Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, Carnegie Mellon University, Case Western Reserve University, University of Chicago, Colby College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Emory University, Franklin and Marshall College, Hamilton College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, New York University, Northeastern University, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Reed College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of Rochester, Stanford University, Swathmore College, Tufts University, Union College, Vanderbilt University, Wesleyan University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Yale University.