School Culture

BAA In The Heights RehearsalThe Boston Arts Academy is a rich community that includes people from all cultural backgrounds. Students have the opportunity at the Arts Academy to learn from their peers. BAA is committed to building and maintaining a safe healthy school community where community members respect and support each other.

The Health and Wellness Department

The Health and Wellness Department provides a range of clinical services to ensure that all students are successful in their studies. These include on-site individual and group counseling, family therapy, and case management provided by licensed clinicians from BAA, Children’s Hospital and South Shore Mental Health. These services are provided to support students’ emotional functioning and academic success, and are available to all students free of charge. Wellness education in the classroom is provided in partnership with the Boston Public Health Commission. For more information, please see the BAA Handbook for Students and Families.

Parents/Caregivers must provide written consent in order for their child to be seen for counseling services.

Advisory

All students are assigned to an advisory with 10-13 other students within the same arts major, but in mixed grade levels. Advisories meet twice each week. Students stay with the same faculty advisor for all four years, ensuring that each student is known well by at least one adult in the building. Advisors serve as the primary liaison between the school and families/caregivers.

Circle Practice

Circle Practice is used to address behavioral issues while helping students take responsibility for their actions. In Circle practice, each student has an opportunity to speak and to directly address those who violate community standards. Circles build empathy and strengthen our sense of community. We have found that behaviors change when students are held accountable for their actions by their peers. Circles also provide an important opportunity for students to develop leadership skills. Circles are most effective when students lead discussions and mediate conflict. Students who are interested in becoming Circle leaders are trained by an outside professional. Once trained, students are prepared to lead any level of intervention.