Our community places an extremely high value on education. Our district meets those expectations by providing the best possible learning environment and curriculum designed to prepare students for a successful future. The BPS staff strives to outdo themselves and, as a result, our schools have always ranked among the highest achieving in the state. Both Seaholm and Groves high schools have earned a place on the top Michigan high schools by U.S. News and World Report. Seaholm earned the No. 5 spot in the state and Groves earned No. 22. BPS is also home to Albert Einstein Distinguished Fellow, Doug Baltz, the 2015 Michigan Teacher of the Year, Rick Joseph, Michigan Art Education Association Middle School Art Educator of the Year, Michael Orlando and 2015 Michigan Debate Coach of the Year, John Lawson.
Our students have the benefit of 39 Advanced Placement class choices and 36 Honors courses, with language options that include Spanish, French, Chinese and Japanese. For a list of our AP Scholars, Michigan Math Prize accomplishments and National Merit Semifinalists, click here. Our award-winning Robotics program offers students skills beyond the classroom and into the real world. With eleven National Schools of Character, our students find academic and personal success on a strong character education foundation.
Additionally, BPS is an AdvancED district, earning accreditation that speaks to the rigor and competency of the district's curriculum and staff. Preschool students benefit from the NAEYC accreditation earned by the Early Childhood Center. Students in grades 3-8 have the opportunity to enroll in a lottery for placement in the District's unique 3-8 district-wide Birmingham Covington School, which emphasizes science, technology and team teaching. Students throughout the district benefit from !gnite, an innovative, performance-based program which blends classroom instructional methods with the tools of the 21st century.
Both high schools feature award-winning performing arts programs that have launched careers and enhanced student learning opportunities inside and outside of the classroom. Our fine arts programs have helped students find success in writing, music, traditional and multi-media art and drama.
Students interested in exploring the world around them with increased depth have the ability to work with the Experiential Learning program. This program provides adventure and discovery methods often linked to learning by doing, learning by experiment and learning through a process. Community service experiences are available at all levels and all schools in the district, with service learning projects embedded in the curriculum.
With a focus on the community, the district also offers a strong community education program with a variety of classes for all levels. Summer camps and school break camps provide a service to families and new experiences for students when school is not in session.
Congratulations to our 2015 graduates!
Anne Cron, APR