Through group work and individual passion projects, our curriculum is designed to unleash students’ potential to learn and apply knowledge, to pursue and refine their talents.
Our graduates are the kinds of lifelong learners they will need to be for success in the balance of the 21st century. Their education at BFS has built their sense of agency,
intention, and drive to pursue what they are most passionate about, because we know that passion and drive lead to change, and making the world a better place.
To guide our students in this journey, we follow what we call the Arc. The Arc is the fundamental rhythm of a BFS education. With two major arcs each year, students move through a diverse course of study in a series of intensive immersions, emphasizing depth over breadth, integrating and contextualizing the development of skills and domain knowledge.
The Arc allows students to contextualize their learning in real-world scenarios and connections between ideas, which creates pathways in the brain for longer-lasting learning. Each arc is framed by a specific topic that each student, Pre-K through high school, approaches at a level and perspective appropriate to their age.
They analyze and contextualize the subject asking why it is important? How will these skills serve me in my life and goals? What steps do I need to take? What tools do I need to take them? Which experts can I access to help me through the trimester in order to ensure success?
They test their theories, they compare their resources, they define their position and in the final phase they articulate them.
Throughout the trimester and phases we celebrate creative expression and play as natural paths to discovery and mastery. Our co-learners help seeds learn to prioritize, manage their projects and time while cultivating agency to handle obstacles, mistakes, decision making and surprises.