Unification News for July 2001

Bridgeport International Academy (BIA) Opening Fall 2001

by Dr. Hugh D. Spurgin

Bridgeport International Academy (BIA) will open this fall on August 27 as a four-year independent high school serving young people throughout Fairfield County. Featuring a college preparatory curriculum, the central orientation of the curriculum will be world cultures (including American history and government) and the underlying universal values on which they are built. Thus, character education will be integrated into the social studies classes as well as the English language literature and composition classes.

BIA is a non-sectarian senior high school located on the campus of University of Bridgeport. As an international, college preparatory school, the Academy is committed to promoting academic excellence and value centered moral education in order to prepare students for college and for a meaningful life and successful career. Qualified and conscientious students from a diversity of cultural backgrounds comprise the student body.

BIA has a special arrangement with the University of Bridgeport (UB) which allows qualified high school students to take two university courses each semester during their junior and senior years. Students receive both high school and college credit for these classes and gain the benefit of both challenging classes and a head start in college.

BIA, through a special arrangement with UB, is able to offer its students use of Wheeler Recreation Center, the Marina Dining Hall, Wahlstrom Library, the Student Center, and other campus venues.

Modern technology offers today's student instant access to enormous amounts of information, communication and knowledge. BIA recognizes the greater need for internal character skills for making moral judgments, prioritizing, developing integrity, making good career choices, learning to serve and developing healthy relationships with other students and teachers. Courses and extra-curricular activities are geared toward the development of such life skills. Community service is a required component of each student's academic plan.

Major Areas of Study

Students will be expected to gain fundamental understanding or "literacy" in every major academic area:

* English Language Literature and Composition: A BIA student should emerge from high school with a high level of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills; be familiar with both world and American literature; and have the confidence to communicate in a variety of public and private situations.

* Second Language Acquisition: Every BIA students should emerge from high school confident of the ability to communicate in a second language in all four skill areas.

* Technology: A BIA student should emerge from high school with a fundamental mastery of computer skills and their integration into every academic area; of research skills; and the awareness of how technology is continuing to develop and its career applications.

* American and World Cultures: A BIA student should emerge with fundamental knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the American historical and cultural experience and of the cultures of the world. BIA students should understand the impact and significance of geography, transportation, economics, communications, politics, and culture.

* Mathematics: A BIA student will master both basic and advanced mathematics and understand the role and application of mathematics in business, engineering, technology, design, the arts and everyday life.

* Science: A BIA student will understand the world we live in from a scientific perspective focusing on the major experimental sciences but addressing our responsibility to care for our environment and use prudently our natural resources.

* Physical Education and Health: A BIA student will emerge from high school with a well-rounded experience of team and individual sports and martial arts; an awareness of the importance of good physical and mental health, physical fitness, and exercise; and an appreciation for the value of a healthy and moral lifestyle as a foundation for personal and familial happiness

* The Arts: Performing, Fine and Media Arts. "Aesthetic literacy" understanding and appreciating or doing music, dance, drama, and singing enrich our lives. Today media arts-film, video and multimedia areas-have added additional areas of development. This is an important area for students to explore.

Tuition

One student: $4,500 per year ($450 per month paid on a ten month basis). Two students from the same family: $8,000 ($800 per month paid on a ten month basis).

If a student would like to buy lunch, lunches can be purchased at the Marina Dining Hall on a $70 per month basis which covers five lunches a week. Students can purchase meals on a per meal basis at any UB eating facility as well.

To obtain an application, please call or e-mail one of the contacts below. There is a one-time nonrefundable application fee of $25. The application deadline is August 10 for the fall 2001 semester.

For more information, contact: Hugh D. Spurgin, Ph.D., Headmaster Bridgeport International Academy, 400 Linden Avenue Bridgeport, CT 06604. Telephone: (203) 334-3434 or (203) 366-5799 Fax: (203) 344-8651 E-mail: biahighschool@hotmail.com

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