Campaign for Academic Excellence
The Foundation’s Campaign for Academic Excellence provides a continuum of year-round integrated academic support programs that promote high academic standards and help all students succeed at B-CC High School.
Projects Funded in Previous Years
AP/IB English Prep Summer Program
A two-week summer program for new AP or IB students to prepare them for the additional challenges in these classes in the fall. Two B-CC teachers worked with the IB and AP students.
Arts in Education Poetry Residency
Provided a grant, matching one from the Maryland State Arts Council, to the English Department for a poetry residency at B-CC.
B-CC College Connection
Designed to guide students and their families through the college admission process, the program partnered students with mentors to help them with applications, financial aid, SAT prep and other issues.
B-CC Community Scholarship Fund
Scholarships for college-bound B-CC students who were facing financial hardships and would otherwise not be able to attend college.
B-CC High School Website
Partial funding for maintaining an expanded B-CC High School website to enhance communication and to create a more informed and involved community.
Bethesda Area Student Enrichment (BASE) Program
Provided academics and mentoring for suspended students to encourage positive social and emotional change, in collaboration with local churches, temples, two area high schools and two middle schools.
The Bridge Program
A summer program for students who had not passed one or more of their high school assessments (HSAs) to work on their special “Bridge Projects” which they needed to complete to graduate.
Career Shadow Day
In partnership with B-CC Chamber of Commerce, students received an inside view of a variety of jobs and opportunities, spending an entire day following a person in a career that they were interested.
College and Career Connections
A three-week summer program designed for rising 11th and 12th graders to guide them through the college search, application, and financial aid process.
The establishment of six labs, each with 33 computers, throughout the school for regular classroom instructions.
Read more about the Cyber Café and Computer Labs.
Computer repair and maintenance classes
A pilot course in computer upgrading and technical support including network management and C++ programming that had received overwhelming student support.
The Cyber Café
Open in 2003 with access to the Internet for students’ use before and after school and during lunch, the Café provided the newest learning environment to support higher student achievement at B-CC, especially for those without access to computers outside school.
Read more about the Cyber Café and Computer Labs
Funding for new equipment and program material for art, English, music, PE, science, social studies, technology, and theater departments as well as the Media Center.
Department Program Support
A visiting artist to teach art/life drawing in studio art classes.
Help support the Girls’ Youth Leadership Group for African-American and Hispanic girls in 10th-12th grades in its weekly lunch meetings, college visits, and attendance at the Youth Leadership Summit.
A lunch-bunch program for at-risk 10th, 11th, and 12th graders to help them prepare for the English High School Assessment (HSA) test that was a graduation requirement. Funding for an artist to provide professional development/training to students in the theater program and for students to participate in a Broadway Dreams Foundation Master Class.
Cultural enrichment activities for more than 80 ESOL students.
Journalism – The Tattle Senior Magazine
Funding for the printing of the Senior Magazine at the end of the school year.
Purchase of textbooks for government, history, psychology, biology, and physics classes for students to use in the Media Center before school, during lunch, and after school.
Math and Science
Annual subscription to the Quest homework database for teachers and students in math and science.
A pilot program using professional musicians from the Washington Conservatory of Music for coaching sessions with student instrumental groups, “brown-bag” clinics and other activities, a new set of drums and a new bass for the orchestras and bands.
Family Learning Solutions
This literacy program within the Rosemary Village Cooperative in the B-CC Cluster paired students with help for reading and vocabulary.
High Tech Equipment Upgrades
A brand new system of computers for the school’s Media Center for students’ use before, during and after school; also high tech upgrades for the English, Science, and Math Departments.
International Baccalaureate Program
Seed money and supplemental funding for this academically rigorous world-recognized program, including funding for teacher training and curriculum materials. The IB program has a focus on research and independent study and B-CC’s open IB program is now one of the most popular and successful programs at the school.
Read more about B-CC’s IB Program.
Journalism and Media Literacy Intensive Workshop
A two-week summer workshop for B-CC and Westland students to develop their non-fiction reading, writing, and analytical skills — skills that are increasingly emphasized in the MCPS English curriculum and the Common Core State Standards that Maryland and 44 other states have adopted.
A 32-person, state of-the-art language learning center, with high-tech teacher and student workstations, benefiting the 90% of B-CC students who were in foreign language and ESOL classes. Nine years later, the Foundation funded the upgrades of the lab’s nine-year-old equipment and central operating system.
Read more about B-CC’s Language Lab.
Offered in partnership with Strathmore Hall Arts Center, highly talented performers custom crafted their lesson to B-CC needs. Using music and drama, they explored history, literature, writing, and language with students at every grade level. This program reached all students at B-CC High School.
Math TAP (Time for Academic Progress)
A year-long, after-school math academic assistance program staffed by B-CC math teachers to provide extra help to students.
Mentoring Program for New Teachers
A new mentoring program for experienced teachers to support new teachers at B-CC in the 2013-2014 school year. Cuts in consulting and staff development teacher and mentor positions at MCPS had reduced substantially the level of support new teachers receive.
Independent architectural and technical review during the 2000-2002 modernization so that the new B-CC would have the best possible design and structure.
Parent Computer Classes
Two seven-week basic computer skills classes at B-CC’s Cyber Cafe for ESOL and Latino parents in the B-CC Cluster schools to help them learn the technology they needed to be engaged in their children’s education.
Parent ESOL Program
Two 12-week ESOL (English for speakers of Other Languages) courses, provided in cooperation with Montgomery College teachers, to help B-CC cluster parents improve their English-language skills and their interaction with schools and teachers.
Professional Development Fund
Funding over 50 teachers’ participation in seminars and workshops with emphasis on training for new educational tools and instructional programs. These teachers multiplied the benefits by training their colleagues.
Russian Exchange Program
Supplemental funding for a student exchange program with Moscow School 45, headed by Social Studies teacher James Biedron. This nationally recognized program, established in the Reagan Administration, brought a true cross-cultural experience to B-CC students.
Grants to cover Science Fair expenses for students for whom these expenses were a hardship.
Substitutes’ time for special education teachers during HSA training and planning day.
Curriculum development for a study hall for students who had been identified as needing more help to learn various organization methods, communication skills, and study habits.
Targeted to at-risk-students with a 2.5 grade point average or below, the program received positive evaluation from students, who rated the experience as extremely positive and as helping them to improve their grades.
Summer Math Institute
A one-week intensive summer program to support incoming 9th graders who would be taking honors math at B-CC.
A core group of students was sent for training and they then trained additional students and ran programs at the school. Students gained understanding and appreciation of cultural differences.
Writers’ Residency Program
Community-based writers and alumni writers led writing workshops for students in English classes.