Middle School Students Participate in Unique Summer Program Hosted by Boston University Academy

Contact: Lauren Davalla, 617-358-1688 | davalla@bu.edu

(Boston) – Thirty-seven Boston area middle-school students are spending this summer attending classes through The LEAD (Leadership Exploration and Academic Development) Program at Boston University Academy. Programs will be taught with a hands-on approach where, for example, students will learn about map-making by measuring the number of body lengths in a given school corridor. At LEAD, the science lab is filled with ongoing experiments that the students have designed. Students will take rock-climbing and racquetball classes, and will hone their hip-hop dancing skills with instructors from the Boston University Fitness and Recreation Center at the end of the month.

The students also explore, through exercises, how to develop as strong leaders in their own school communities, including public speaking skills to self-advocacy. Faculty from Boston University Academy and Harvard University teach the classes in English, Science and Math. They are assisted by counselors who are currently in high school or college.

LEAD, the Leadership Exploration and Academic Development Program is a tuition-free initiative of Boston University Academy. The program is offered to seventh and eighth grade Boston-area students who are stymied by socioeconomic status, a lack of access to information, immigrant status or large class sizes. The faculty provides individual attention and supplemental learning experiences while aiming to reinforce academic skills, build self-confidence, and promote responsibility, integrity and leadership. For more information, please visit bu.edu/academy – The LEAD Program

Boston University Academy is a coeducational day school for students in grades 9 through 12. Founded in 1993, the Academy offers a “ceilingless” educational experience, one in which students’ zeal for learning takes them as far as they are capable. Academy students may begin taking courses at Boston University In their junior year, earning college credit in up to twelve courses by graduation. For more information, please visit www.buacademy.org.