Burlington City & Lake Semester is an award-winning program offered at BHS that focuses on Burlington’s culture, people, and natural environment; city systems; local issues; and the things that make a community thrive. Students earn English, Social Studies, and elective credit while working together on projects that address real-world issues. Students learn about themselves and their community, connect with all kinds of people, make a difference in Burlington, and have fun together.
In a typical year, students enrolled in the City & Lake Semester meet downtown at the Old North End Center all day on Blue Days, spanning all four blocks of a student’s Blue Day schedule. On White Days, BCL does not meet, so BCL students can take up to four traditional classes at BHS.
Every day in BCL is different, but a typical day might look like this:
|8:05||Morning Meeting (student-led)|
|8:30||Crew time and student Contributions|
|9:00||Walk or bus to a project location to meet with a community partner|
|9:15||Project collaboration (with artist partner, expert, or stakeholder)|
|11:45||Lunch at project site|
|12: 15||Journaling and Project Debrief|
|12:45||Travel back to Old North End Center|
|1:00||Student co-creation time – project planning|