The Business Education Department Curriculum prepares students for college and career readiness and is designed to give students the basic business concepts and knowledge to have the confidence to face the challenges of an ever-changing 21st century business world. Our courses address the needs of all students and provide them the flexibility to enter a two or four year college program, the work force, and/or a specialized business training program. All the
courses complement each other and develop and enhance the following 21st century skills: language arts and math skills, information technology, financial literacy, leadership, communication, collaboration, teamwork, problem-solving, entrepreneurship, and personal career development. According to the 2017 Princeton Review, Business Administration, Economics and Communications are the top five majors at the collegiate level today.
We offer classes where you learn to design, create and make hundreds of cool things! The Design Technology program features forward thinking practices focusing on advancement in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) learning opportunities. Classes within Design Technology use Project Based Learning through a variety of hands on STEM focused task-oriented problems.
All English classes stress writing, reading, thinking, and discussion skills. A student will be placed in a course at a level appropriate for his/her ability. If there is any doubt at the time of selection, the student should consult the teacher of the course and/or the Chairperson of the English Department. All freshmen are required to enroll in Reading and Writing Workshop, and all sophomores in American Literature and Composition.
Juniors and seniors are required to choose from courses numbered 10138 (juniors only), 10140/10141, 10150, 10151,10152/10153, 10154/10157, 10160, 10162, 10164, 10173, 10180/10181, and 10195 (seniors only).
The Fine and Performing Arts provides positive outlets for students, allows them an opportunity to foster both critical thinking and problem solving and has been proven to improve grades across the curriculum. The arts strengthen literacy, enhances self-esteem, develops essential skills for global competitiveness in the 21st century, and stretches the brain in new and necessary ways to create the innovation in students that the changing world demands.
The Mathematics Department has developed a curriculum that is designed to meet the needs of every student at BFA. We offer courses so that each student can take courses that are appropriate for his or her mathematical development. The courses are carefully sequenced to provide reinforcement of previously learned concepts and sequential development of new material. Each course has prerequisites that are designed to ensure that every student will have a high probability of success.
The Science Department has designed its classes to provide students with the opportunity to develop their ability to think like a scientist, by addressing the eight proficiencies listed below through different science subject areas.
We offer courses to meet a variety of interests as well as provide an appropriate challenge.
Students are required to earn three credits in science for graduation. Incoming 9th graders will be enrolled in Earth Science as part of their 9th grade team experience. It is recommended that all students earn the required one credit in Earth Science and one credit in Biology prior to taking other credits in science. Students may meet the third credit requirement in a variety of ways. Those interested are encouraged to earn additional science credits.
The BFA Social Studies Department employs current and progressive learning methods and technologies in the pursuit of understanding how an interconnected human society works and determining how it can best work in the future. We accomplish this by learning what humanity and
societies have created over time and using that understanding to solve and determine where we can go in the future.
WORLD LANGUAGES AND CLASSICS
Learning another language brings wider global perspectives and enhances cultural perceptions and understanding.
The World Languages and Classics Department offers courses in Spanish, French, and Latin, which meet the proficiencies of Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Culture.
All BFA students are encouraged to study one or more languages we offer for two to four years.
Many colleges require four years of the same language and studying a foreign language also will
provide expanded professional opportunities in our global world.