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: Dr. Lederman
English: Dr. Lederman
French: Ms. Collins
History: Mr. Douglas
Integrated Studies: Mr. Gore
Latin: 
Mrs. Fawcett
Physics: 
Mrs. Benner and Mr. Gore
Pre-Algebra: 
Mrs. Benner and Ms. Shortelle
Spanish: 
Señor Silva

* Grade 8
Homeroom Teachers:
 Ms. Shortelle
English: Dr. Lederman
French: Ms. Collins
History: Mr. Douglas
Latin: Mrs. Fawcett
Algebra 1: Mr. Douglas and Ms. Shortelle
Science: Mrs. Benner
Spanish: Señor Silva

*Grade 9
Homeroom Teachers: Mrs. Benner
Biology: Mrs. Benner
English: Mr. Fawcett
French: Ms. Collins
Geometry: Ms. Shortelle
Algebra 1: Mr. Douglas
History: Mr. Douglas
Latin: Mrs. Fawcett
Spanish: Señor Silva

* Elective Arts Block
Music: Ms. Bernal and Mr. Suters
Yearbook:  Dana Piazza ‘06 2S
Ceramics: Mr. Evans

Upper School Highlights

  • The 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, and acting.
  • 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.