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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 for enrichment
12:30 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch
1:15 - 3:15 p.m. - Experiential Project Period/Group Activities
3:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Adventure Recreation activities
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Dinner
7:30 - 9:30 pm. - Study Hall and Dorm Activities
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.

CSI
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.

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: $500

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: $250

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.

ESL Courses

ESL 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.

ESL Language
Students in this course will focus on writing and reading activities. Depending on their ESL 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.

Designing Your Academic Life
Work with an experienced and trained instructional support teacher from Brewster Academy to design your academic life for success. In this small class, limited to four students, you will review and chart your academic habits, look for opportunities for improvement and develop a practical plan for future success in the classroom and beyond. Ultimately, this course will teach you to understand how you learn, and optimize your academic skills.

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.

Advanced Literary Studies: The Great Gatsby
Take a deep dive into the greatest American novel ever written with an experienced Advanced Placement English instructor. Learn, develop, and practice the skills of close analysis, deep reading, and analytical writing while exploring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece The Great Gatsby.  The novel will be used to help students understand the historical and cultural context of the 1920s while exposing them to the rich literary and artistic heritage of the Jazz Age. If you aspire to take AP English in the future, this course is for you.

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.

One-Act Theater
What do you want to say? Say it in a one-act play!  The short one-act is an exciting form of theatrical expression. In One-Act Theater, we will explore storytelling through the structure of plot, character, and setting in a stage play. The class will begin with the creation of one-act plays based on previously produced material such as short stories, fairytales, or songs. Then, we will create scripts for one-act productions based on our own stories and experiences. The members of the class will stage and perform the productions. So, get ready to make the stage your world in your own one-act play!

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.