The Seaport Academy Curriculum
Seaport Academy's curriculum is based on Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Every Seaport Academy student receives an education that meets or exceeds Framework goals.
As important as these goals are, they are not our only aims. Seaport Academy also strives to provide every student with real academic challenges, to help student overcome learning issues, and to offer students opportunities to love and enjoy what they are learning.
Students who complete Seaport's curriculum are encouraged to take advanced courses at nearby Bunker Hill Community College. There, Seaport juniors and seniors can take additional courses in core subjects or try new areas such as psychology and business. Students work with their advisors to set goals, select courses and stay on top of their studies.
Our core curriculum is rooted in our environment and community. Assignments often incorporate a few key themes: maritime experiences, urban studies, and the history of Boston.
The English curriculum draws upon literature from many genres, periods and cultures. Readings include poetry, plays, novels, and journalism, and assignments help students develop strong critical reading and writing skills.
The math curriculum aims to help all Seaport students become good problem-solvers rather than “rote number-crunchers.” Our emphasis is on real-world applications and reasoning skills. Navigation at sea, for example, puts math skills to the test. We believe that mathematics is part of a life-long learning process, and we strive to integrate mathematics to other aspects of the curriculum.
Science starts with a question, progresses to hands-on scientific research and observation and leads to analysis. Our courses include Earth & Space Science, Physical Science and Life Sciences. Seaport sciences also include marine sciences, natural history and a unique aquaculture program. We take regular advantage of the many museums, labs, ecosystems and special science programs in our area.
At Seaport Academy, students formulate questions about topics in history and become familiar with the resources needed to find the answers. Boston, founded in 1630, provides an extraordinary lens for looking back in time and understanding our past and American history.
Elective classes are critical to Seaport's approach because they represent student interests and choices. These classes take advantage of some of the unique resources available within the the Boston area and are frequently project-based.
Building a bike, for example, is an opportunity to combine math skills, physics knowledge and design. Fishing for stripers can engage students in history, environmental issues and biology. Cooking, writing a screenplay, filming a documentary, planning a fitness program, or creating a piece of art—are opportunities for consolidating gains in skills and knowledge, connecting with others, and building confidence.
Past electives have included:
- Boating, Fishing, Sailing
- Arts and Crafts
- Screenplay Writing
- Creative Writing
- Culinary Arts
- Film and Video Production
- Strategy and Logic
- Graphic Design
- Bike Building and Repair
- Topics in History
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- Life Skills/After Seaport
- Clinical Services
- "Fifth Term"
- Learning Supports
- Community Service