MS Signature Programs
Today’s global marketplace calls for creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication and resourcefulness. These values are the foundation of the Bullis academic program and drive this Signature Program specifically--preparing students for an evolving entrepreneurial landscape and our challenging world.
Students learn to test and revise ideas, back their arguments and ideas with substance, modify plans based on changing needs and understandings, and analyze trends. They learn basic business principles and apply mathematics to fiscal models. Most exciting, they become independent thinkers who learn to turn ideas into reality.Along with the curricular offerings in these areas, Middle Schoolers specifically study personal finance and other business concepts, track investments through stock clubs, and practice organizational management as burgeoning leaders in their student government.
Interdisciplinary studies of social studies, literature, language and the arts create an environment for students to develop and enrich their global competence. The Humanities & Global Studies program fosters an interconnected view of cultures as a means of considering solutions to global challenges and effecting change.
Middle School students learn to connect their studies to real-world events and people through reading and project-based learning. Field trips, research projects, guest speakers and more bring book study to life. The annual Global Village event highlights the diversity of our own community via exhibit tables, demonstrations, food and dress. Students may join the Model UN Club to investigate geopolitical conflicts or participate in National History Day to investigate a topic of interest.
Extracurricular trips for Middle School students open up the world. Trip options have included studying history in Quebec, studying marine ecology in the Florida Keys, and learning ecology and biodiversity in Colorado and Montana.
In the STEM Signature Program, students investigate real-world problems and design solutions through an inquiry-based approach. They learn to ask, imagine, plan, create, present, evaluate and improve as they merge science, technology, engineering and math to create positive change in their community, or in the world.
STEM incites curiosity and inspiration in students, helping them develop the skills and interest to think scientifically, develop adaptability and pose productive questions. A fully-equipped Fabrication Lab and state-of-the-art technology and classes invite students to combine STEM with other disciplines and discover their hidden entrepreneur.
Middle Schoolers engage in college-level workshops, rocketry, robotics and computing clubs and study 3D design. For year-end Project-Based-Learning challenges, students work in teams on multidisciplinary projects to build space colonies, clean-up the Chesapeake Bay, or eradicate disease.
VPA inspires and engages every Bullis student, from any beginner to those with dreams of career in the arts…and all students in between. The program provides a foundation for life-long enjoyment and appreciation of the arts, while also inspiring students with higher aspirations by providing preparation and rich experiences to help them reach their artistic goals.
Middle School students have a range of courses and experiences to select from. In 8th grade they may begin to specialize by selecting major or minor concentrations in arts-related courses, clubs and activities. Student work is showcased throughout the year in Jazz Cafes, concerts, competitions, dance and visual art shows.