"Tell me and I forget; Show me and I remember; Involve me and I understand."

Ellen Key



BFA prepares each student with the knowledge, tools and confidence to thrive in our ever-changing world. Overall, education for BFA students is based on:


  • Close relationships between all members of our school family
  • High expectations for each student's academic growth
  • Instruction that is tied to our school's social justice mission




Learning at BFA happens through carefully designed lessons that take on real-world issues. This approach, called Expeditionary Learning, works because:


  • It encourages a student's natural curiosity and desire to add value to their world

  • It builds problem solving skills that students will use over their lifetime

  • It creates a school culture based on strong adult-student relationships

  • It teaches students skills in leadership and teamwork

  • It supports high standards for teaching and learning