Given the global circumstances, our 2019-2020 school year is off to a fantastic start. While we would love to have all of our students at BFS again all of the time, I am appreciative that we can have students on campus regularly. While I know our community can succeed under any circumstances, I also know that we learn best when together. I am very grateful for the fantastic work that the Korean CDC has done to contain the spread of this virus. Looking at what is happening in many countries, I am grateful to live in Busan, where I have felt, and still feel safe during this pandemic.
We have been fortunate to welcome many new students and teachers into BFS. They are joining a student and faculty body that cares about an environment where everybody succeeds socially and academically. This is evident in the thoughtful work of our elementary teachers who, using the Responsive Classroom approach, focus on student responsibility in creating an environment that is safe, supportive, and joyful.
We are very proud of the academic achievement of all of our students. The success of our High School students in our Advanced Placement classes is simply outstanding. During a time of crisis, we had our best AP results ever. 55 BFS students took 141 different Advanced Placement exams, and an unbelievable 96% of them achieved a three or higher. This past summer, we celebrated our second cohort of students who earned the prestigious AP Capstone Diploma.
We can achieve these phenomenal results because we have a first-class teaching faculty. We recruit the best teachers who add experience, intelligence, and care to our outstanding learning community. Combined, our 33 teachers bring over 376 years of teaching experience that benefit our community.
Parents, I hope you share my pride in knowing that BFS has students who are guided by a dedicated faculty to embody the best qualities of a BFS Shark. Students who are Socially Conscious, Hardworking, Articulate, Respectful, and Knowledgeable. With your continued support and participation in our school, this will be a fantastic year of social growth and academic learning for all of us.
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