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Program and Courses

A typical day for a BASS student includes four elective courses for enrichment each morning. All courses are designed to be hands-on, and focus on skill building. Afternoons include an experiential learning period dedicated to team building, and problem solving activities; or other group activities, followed by the adventure recreation block. After dinner, students have study hall and dorm activities.

Sample Weekday SchedulE
7:45 - 8:25 a.m. - Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Classes: Four 55 Minute Courses 
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 - 3:15 p.m. - School Meeting or Studio
3:30 - 6 p.m. - Adventure Recreation Activities
6 - 7 p.m. - Dinner
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. - Group and Dorm Activities
9:30 - 10:30 p.m. - Quiet Hours
10:30 p.m. - Lights Out

Course Descriptions

STEM Courses

Computer Graphics
An engaging, hands-on course focusing on the use of the powerful Adobe Photoshop program. Students will develop their computer skills to communicate visually, which can be used effectively across many educational disciplines. As students learn digital imagery sets and create products including t-shirts, stickers and buttons, their confidence grows. The computer lab is filled with printers, presses and other tools to support students to create high quality pieces of digital art. Previous Photoshop experience is not required.

Ever wonder what detectives look for in a crime scene?  Come and discover the math and science that is used behind the investigations. Learn how to model the incident using algebra, discover clues using an introduction to physics and chemistry. Students will use problem solving and collaborate in small groups to solve the mystery.
Additional Materials Fee: $100

Digital Photography
What makes a good photo composition and how can you improve the quality of your photos? How do you capture someone’s personality in a picture? Learn how to take photos using a professional DSRL camera and how to use the manual settings on the camera to take great shots. Students learn photographic principles through classroom instruction and photo assignments in and around our beautiful campus.

Drone Technology
In this four-week course, students will dive into the emergent field of drone technology. By working in small groups you will first construct and then ultimately fly a drone. Lessons will be offered on programming/coding, video, photo and mapping. Given the ever-changing rules and regulations regarding the flying of drones, students will be instructed in the latest FAA guidelines.
Additional Materials Fee: $250

Experimental Science
Experimental Science allows students to get outside and engage in hands-on activities. Students learn about making observations and recording them as drawings in a notebook. The class includes trips, projects, simulations that highlight the use and preservation of environmental resources.  In addition, the class looks at all aspects of science ranging from that integrates physical, biological and information sciences.

Linear Algebra
For students going into Algebra I or those who need a refresher before Algebra 2.  This course focuses on solving, graphing and word problems using linear equations.

Intro to Movie Making
Introduction to Movie Making teaches basic story development- how to outline and write a script, camera use and digital editing with iMovie software in one of Brewster Academy’s well-equipped computer labs.

Advanced Movie Making
This course is designed for students who are already somewhat familiar with iMovie.  Projects include creating a short video with a dramatic or comic style much like can be found on YouTube; a music video, and a BASS news broadcast.  Students will also learn movie visual effects, such as use of a green screen and other effects like forced perspective.

3D Modeling & 3D Printing
In this course, students learn how to create objects in three-dimensional programs and how to operate a 3D printer to print out their creations.  Students will have the opportunity to invent their own prototypes by learning how to design and engineer a working model of their idea. Students look at a need in their life, like a phone cord holder or a case for their ear buds, and solve that need with their own creation. Students learn how to think as problem solvers. In this course, students will also have an introduction to 3D animation.

Quadratic Algebra
For students going into Algebra 2 or those who need a refresher before moving on the higher-level mathematics. This course focuses on solving, graphing, and word problems using quadratic equations.

Rockets: The Geometry Behind NASA
Watching in fascination as a rocket launches from our planet into space is one thing; building a rocket and watching it fly up into the air is another. Discover how changing the shape of a rocket changes its flight. Create you own evolution of different rockets as you attempt to create the “perfect” model. Using geometry, we will look at the different shapes and volumes in rockets and how changing them affect flight. Using an introduction to physics we will learn how and why rockets fly. In small groups, students will collaborate to design their own rockets using geometry. Students will build and launch their own rockets using an introduction to physics.
Additional Materials Fee: $100

Web Design
Students will be able to create working web sites from the ground up.  Beginning with the use of templates for web pages, students will learn software for web page creation.  Lessons also include learning html to script a web page that can be used on phones, tablets and computers. Previous knowledge of html is not required.

What is AI/MI? (Artificial and Machine Intelligence)
We live in an age known as the New Machine Age.  An age of tremendous technological transformation and one that will challenge today’s students to adapt to and understand the vast world of artificial and machine intelligence.  This inquiry-based introductory course is designed to help students understand and explore AI/MI so that they are better prepared to understand the technology of the future. Students will be challenged to ask questions, discover and evaluate answers, and produce an inquiry project that relies on the processes of Design Thinking.

Geometry in the Universe
This is a course that analyzes how numbers manifest uniquely in nature, society, architecture, and most specifically, in geometry. Students will also focus on ideas around the Golden Ratio and Pascal’s Triangle. The course will integrate key concepts of geometric thinking into an inquiry/discover framework that will require students to apply the skills they have learned to solve real world problems.

English Language Learning Courses

ELL Communication
In this course, the main goal is to help students improve their English speaking and listening skills.  Activities in this class will be practical and encourage students to use their newly learned skills outside of the classroom. Dependent on their level activities will include: shopping trips, interviews with native speakers, producing short plays, games relating to English, delivering speeches, presenting about their country and listening to English music.

ELL Language
Students in this course will focus on writing and reading activities. Depending on their ELL level they will learn the structure of a strong sentence, paragraph or essay.  Each lesson will have reading, writing, grammar, and vocabulary activities. Each level will produce written pieces about the students’ home countries and students will be expected to present their work to the BASS community.

Humanites and Other Courses

Creative Writing
This course strives to instill a culture of writing in the student who partake; writing is not an obligation, but rather a necessary, engaging, and dynamic form of expression. This course seeks to push students beyond their academic comfort zone while simultaneously fostering a sense of self-confidence in regards to their personal writing. The class will write daily, share weekly, and create submission-quality pieces throughout the summer term, which will culminate with a 5-7 page portfolio, featuring polished versions of their best writing.

English Literature
In this course, students develop the ability to read great works of literature closely, actively, and imaginatively. They study not only what a text means but also how to appreciate the beauty of the written word. In order to bring the written word to life, all students will write and deliver a declamation to a live audience.

Global Citizenship
This course seeks to develop confident global citizens who have the skills to tackle the complex interconnected issues of the 21st century--such as water scarcity, climate change, access to education, food scarcity, and many others. Throughout the course students will grapple with questions of identity, diversity of perspectives, and responsibility with the ultimate goal of discovering how each student might be able to embody a leadership role within the wider, global context.

Media Studies & Modern Expression
This class is designed to enhance students’ understanding of how media is used in modern society and the influence it can have as a form of modern expression. Students will analyze and evaluate various forms of media in terms of its effectiveness, cultural capacities, and use of rhetoric. In doing so, they will explore the impact media can have at both the individual and societal level. They will also learn about effective communication practices through different mediums. Over the four weeks, the students will apply these skills by engaging in their own self-expression through different types of media.

This course is designed to provide students with an exploration of a variety of studio art forms, which may include painting, drawing, printmaking, and design.


Studio provides BASS students with the unique opportunity to explore ideas, creativity, and expression through activities such as design thinking, art, yoga, self-defense, robotics, and basketball. Studio meets four times a week for two-hour sessions. We think of Studio as a time for students to step out of their comfort zone and practice leadership and creativity, while having a great time with their classmates.

Adventure Recreation

Each week, everyone participates in a week-long outdoor activity built around skills training and preparation. These include: hiking and camping in the New Hampshire mountains; canoeing; kayaking; and rock climbing and rappelling on our indoor rock wall and at various outdoor locations in New Hampshire. These activities meet for two to three hours each afternoon, five days per week and for off-campus field trips, including some overnight camping trips, on weekends.