BCA is committed to helping every child reach his or her full God-given potential. This includes meeting the particular academic and affective needs of our high-ability students.
Over the years we have developed a successful school-wide program based on the National Standards in Gifted and Talented Education and best practices of teaching. We are proud to report this program has gained recognition at the state level through our relationship with the Rhode Island Advocates of Gifted Education (RIAGE), at the regional level through conferences and workshop leadership, and at the national level through the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Our associate head of school and elementary principal, Beth Zins, received the RI Friend of the Gifted award at the 2011 New England Conference on Gifted & Talented Education.
Program components include the following:
Acceleration: BCA will consider early entrance to kindergarten, subject acceleration, and grade skipping.
Professional Development: Teacher training topics include classroom enrichment, differentiated instruction, and best practices of gifted education.
High-Level Skills: Ongoing focus on building reasoning skills and creative thinking skills across the disciplines.
Curriculum & Resources: Honors and AP level classes, Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs), Scholar Projects , Accelerated Reader , electives, online courses, etc.
EPIC Program: A multi-age, fee-based program for students in grades 3–5, designed to increase creative thinking skills and to address the particular affective needs of high-ability students. Taught by Mrs. Cross, the program provides theme-based lessons and activities that integrate cross-curricular skills in science, technology, math, engineering, art, language arts and history.