Our Culture of Powerful Learning
We believe strongly in the power of the girls within these walls and their ability to change the world for the better. It’s not just a philosophy; it’s the basis of our curriculum and our teaching approach. We believe in learning beyond the classroom, in big ideas and little victories, in solving real problems and inspiring new ways of doing things. And most of all, we believe in growth and discovery – even, and especially, in the face of life’s challenges. It’s how our girls find their voice, their drive, themselves.
The Signature of a BSS Girl establishes a set of personal attributes that are encouraged, nurtured and taught at the school. It is the product of intensive research on contemporary girls’ psychology, wellness, character development and leadership models. We believe working toward these attributes will help our students successfully navigate the challenges of today’s complex world. The Signature exists in two forms: the student framework presents the attributes as series of questions to be considered. An expanded version for teachers and parents includes a glossary that defines the terms used and sets the parameters for the work of the attributes. Our Signature is an integral part of our Culture of Powerful Learning. Read about its evolution.
A vital ingredient to our Culture of Powerful Learning is support – relevant, targeted and accessible support for each student at BSS. We don’t hold every student’s hand – we value self-reliance, risk and independence too much for that – but we guide and encourage the girls so they can set afloat their own goals and vision. Click here to read how we support our students
Innovation @ BSS
One is synonymous with the other. Innovation is deep in our DNA. The way we think. The way we approach problems. The way we teach, create and grow. Being deliberate about being innovative unleashes the extraordinary, so learning is a daily celebration. Discover our curriculum in the Programs menu at the top of this page. And explore STEM @ BSS
Speakers & Conferences
We celebrate diversity of thought in learning, so we invite a wide range of speakers on campus throughout the year and host compelling conferences to share experiences and expertise. Read about our annual Investigations and Expressions conferences for educators and keep an eye on The Latest for visitors of every description who come to BSS and move us with their talent and big ideas.
Our single-gender environment
We are reminded every day of the great advantage girls have when they learn and grow alongside other girls. The National Coalition of Girls’ Schools summarizes that advantage well: At a girls’ school, a girl occupies every role: every part in the play, every seat on the student government, every position on every team. Not only does she have a wealth of avenues for self-exploration and development; she has a wealth of peer role models. At BSS, this successful single-gender approach to learning forms the basis of our inspiring culture, which changes with each girl who walks through our doors. She makes us different, stronger, better.