Boston Arts Academy’s college-preparatory curriculum develops inquisitive scholars who are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. In addition to specializing in one of five arts subject areas, all students take a full academic course load. Academics at BAA include Humanities, Seminar (college preparatory reading, writing, and research), STEAM (science and math), and world languages. All courses emphasize interdisciplinary thinking and project-based learning, giving students the opportunity to integrate their arts training into their academic classes.
94% of graduates are accepted to college each year, with most being the first in their families to do so.
The academic graduation requirements at Boston Arts Academy are as follows:
- Four Humanities courses
- Four Math courses
- At least three Science lab courses
- In most cases, two World Language courses
- Four Seminar (Reading/Writing/Research skills) courses
Below are brief descriptions about our Academic Departments. To learn more, please go to the BAA Handbook for Students and Families.
Humanities is the study of English language arts, philosophy, history, and social studies. Over the course of four years, students explore the role of the artist in society, the power structure in the United States, and the nature of art and beauty throughout history.
STEAM is the study of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics. The integration of the arts into math and science courses engages students more deeply, improves their understanding of the material, and gives them the tools to communicate their knowledge to others more effectively. The school’s STEAM Lab is a maker space and fabrication lab where students explore the connections between the arts, science, and math, and incorporate new technology into their projects. Using a 3D printer, a laser cutter, soft circuitry, conductive materials, and electro-mechanical devices, students are integrating robotics, TouchBoards, and electronics into motion, music, imagery, and new media production.
BAA students have the opportunity to study Arabic or Spanish. Language acquisition is taught through theme-based units, which incorporate students’ artistic strengths and creative interests.