In a time when we know more about a student’s learning, learning styles, and best practices than ever before, The Bullis Academic Center, located in the Marriot Family Library, supports Upper School students and teachers to optimize a student’s learning experience.The Academic Center is a hub for learning and achievement. Students are encouraged to spend study halls in the Center, and all Upper School teachers are expected to spend two periods per week working in the Center.
The Upper School Learning Specialist, an Academic Coach, and a Media Specialist are located in the Academic Center and help oversee the Center.The Learning Specialist and Coach offer strategies to enhance the cognitive and academic performance of all students.The Academic Center also houses a fully functioning Writing Center staffed by a member of the English department for students who seek writing enrichment or help with various writing assignments.
The Academic Center also has two state of the art digital media rooms for student projects, video conferencing, presentations, and collaboration.
The central area of the library, known as The Barn, is furnished with comfortable couches and chairs for use by students during the day as a place to work, collaborate, check e-mail and chat with friends.
All materials are circulated except reference resources, current magazines and reserved books. The circulation period for the Middle and Upper Schools is three weeks, and two weeks for Lower School students. Books may be renewed unless they have been requested by someone else. A student may have four items on loan at any one time.
Upper and Middle School students may borrow books for a period of three weeks, with the exception of reference materials, periodicals and items on reserve. Lower School students may borrow books for two weeks. Loan periods on equipment vary.