Academics

BOYS Series Overview

The BOYS Series curriculum will provide students with the tools needed to become more aware of their individual and community identity, the skills to navigate through challenges and decisions successfully, and empowerment to drive them. The GALS Series curriculum encompasses 5 themes: Mindfulness, Wellness, Voice, Relationships and Goal Setting, and classes focus on the continued development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills utilizing grade level, Common Core standards.

The BOYS Series is an acronym meaning “Be Only YourSelf,” which gets to the heart philosophy of this class. At its core, the BOYS Series is anything that helps a young man better understand himself and his place in the world. It provides boys with exposure to various people, ideas, experiences, and fields. It contributes to the overall culture of the school so that each student can help to create a sense of belonging in the school. Furthermore, it helps to teach our boys to take responsibility for and control of the decisions they make in life. The BOYS Series curriculum encompasses 5 themes: Mindfulness, Wellness, Voice, Relationships, and Goal Setting, and classes focus on the continued development of reading writing, speaking, and listening skills utilizing grade level, Common Core standards.

The following shows the different BOYS Series classes that could potentially be offered to grades 6-8 for each of the quarters (classes are subject to change based on our teachers):

6th Grade “I know who I am.”

  • BOYS 601
  • Nutrition
  • Emotional Literacy / Mindfulness
  • Performing Arts (dance, music, drama)

7th Grade “I know who you are.”

  • BOYS 701
  • Sex Education
  • Media Literacy
  • Visual Arts (drawing, painting, sculpting)

8th Grade “We know who we are.”

  • BOYS 801
  • Social Action
  • World Literacy / Men in the World
  • Working with your Hands (woodshop, mechanics, gardening)

The structure of the BOYS Series classes will follow our Pledge. In 6th grade, the BOYS Series classes will focus on the first piece of the pledge that states: “I know who I am. I know that I matter. I know what matters to me.” This means that in their first quarter class, BOYS 601, 6th grade students will focus on self-awareness, gaining a sense of identity, tackling stereotypes about masculinity, and learning what The Boys School is all about. In 7th grade, the BOYS Series classes will focus on the second piece of the pledge: “You know who you are. You know that you matter. You know what matters to you.” Thus, in BOYS 701, we will challenge our 7th graders to begin to look outward beyond themselves, focusing on topics like empathy, blame, point of view, and delving more deeply into issues of identity. In 8th grade, the BOYS Series classes tackle the last part of the pledge: “We know who we are. We know that we matter. We know what matters to us.” This means that in BOYS 801, 8th graders will focus on community, learning that together we are stronger than we are separate; we will challenge our 8th graders in this class to begin to assume more leadership responsibilities within the school and within their communities. One unique aspect of BOYS 801 is that 8th grade students will transition into teaching 6th grade students in the BOYS 601 class, serving as teaching assistants and leading various classes with the guidance of adults. For quarters 2, 3, and 4, boys will be exposed to a variety of classes that further our goal of guiding boys to discover who they are and what their place in the world is. We will offer classes like Social Action, Sex Education, and Nutrition because it aligns so well with The Boys School’s focus on health and wellness. We will offer classes like Emotional Literacy/Mindfulness, Media Literacy, and World Literacy/Men in the World to challenge our students to get in touch with