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Upper School: Grades 7 through 9

BCD’s Upper School curriculum engages and challenges students’ minds while preparing them intellectually and socially for secondary school and beyond. Students gain fundamental skills for successful learning: research, critical analysis, organization, listening, speaking, and writing across integrated curriculum areas. Faculty advisors monitor their advisee’s academic and personal progress, and counsel and advocate for their success.

View and/or download: Upper School Program of Study

Upper School Teachers

* Grade 7
Homeroom Teachers: Mrs. Pitcher-Hoffman and Mrs. Cromwell
English 7O: Mr. Fawcett
English 7Y: Ms. Watts
French7D: Mme Downes
History: Mr. Uhas and Mrs. Pitcher-Hoffman
Latin 7O: Mrs. Fawcett
Physics: Mrs. Benner and Mr. Gore
Pre-Algebra: Mr. Douglas
Pre-Algebra: Mr. Perkins
Spanish7: Sra. Velez
Integrated Studies: Mr. Perkins and Mrs. Pitcher-Hoffman

* Grade 8
Algebra8: Mr. Perkins
English: Mr. Fawcett
French: Mme Downes
History: Mrs. Pitcher-Hoffman
Latin: Mrs. Fawcett
Integrated Studies: Mrs. Benner
Science: Mrs. Benner and Mr. Gore
PreAlegra-Algebra1: Mr. Douglas
Spanish: Sra. Velez

*Grade 9
Homeroom Teachers: Mrs. Benner and Mr. Douglas
Biology: Mrs. Benner
English: Mr. Fawcett
French: Mme Downes
Geometry: Mr. Perkins
History: Mr. Douglas
Latin: Mrs. Fawcett

* Elective Arts Block
Art: Mrs. Cromwell
Graphic Design: Mrs. Clausen
Music: Mrs. Hilliard and Mr. Suters
Shop: Mr. Katz
Theater and Film: Ms. Brentano
Yearbook: Mrs. Clausen

Upper School Highlights

  • Curriculum engages and challenges students’ minds while preparing them intellectually, socially, and personally for secondary school and beyond.
  • Students gain fundamental skills for successful learning: research, critical analysis, organization, listening, speaking, and writing across integrated curricula.
  • Latin program through Latin III.
  • French and Spanish classes conducted entirely in the target language. Latin is the second required language.
  • English classes focus on short stories, poetry, ancient and modern classics, Shakespeare, novels and essays; writing assignments focus on descriptive, narrative, and expository prose, poetry, and analytical essays.
  • History curriculum stresses analysis and understanding American history through Reconstruction (G7), the shaping of Western society and the development of European culture (G8), and modern world history (G9).
  • Upper School Arts block provides students with Arts electives in a wide range of artistic media, allowing for experimentation in  photography, graphic design, Caribbean music, electronic music, acting, and digital filmmaking.
  • Film program provides students with hands-on experience in all phases of filmmaking, from scriptwriting to directing and editing. Students work on industry-leading video cameras and editing work stations.
  • Lab-based science curriculum encompasses physics (G7), physical science (G8), and biology (G9).
  • Accelerated Math® program concentrates on pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry. Students taking geometry use Geometer’s Sketchpad® software.