Destination Imagination is an academic competition that inspires and equips students to become the next generation of innovators and leaders. Each year, DI offers 7 long-term challenges to work on in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, improvisation, and visual arts. It enables student teams to learn and experience the creative process from imagination to execution. The participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, and problem-solving skills.
Scholastic Art & Writing
The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers identifies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent and brings their remarkable work to a national audience through The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has an impressive legacy dating back to 1923. Over the years, the Awards have grown to become the longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens in the U.S., and the nation’s largest source of scholarships for creative young artists and writers. A noteworthy roster of past winners includes Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford, Joyce Carol Oates, Stephen King and John Updike.
Houses and Prefects
At Banff School we have a “house system” in which the students are divided into four groups or teams called houses which are named after Greek philosophers - Socrates , Plato, Aristotle and Pythagoras. Each student in Banff School competes with other students academically and athletically for the benefit of his/her house. Academic scores are tallied at the end of each 9 weeks based on the achievement in quarterly reports, while athletic points and other competition points are added throughout the year.
The houses are led by four senior students called prefects – who are given the responsibility to supervise students in the school as well as in their house. Prefects help with the smooth running of the school, act as role models for younger students and help new students settle in. They develop a sense of self-reliance and sense of duty as they take on the responsibilities associated with the position. They act as ambassadors for the school in their contact with visitors and show a high level of courtesy and appearance.
The Annual Science Fair offers students the opportunity to compete against each other while following the parameters of the scientific method. This can be applied at any grade level and consists of the following steps:
Ask a Question
Do Background Research
Construct a Hypothesis
Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
Communicate Your Results
The steps culminate in visual displays and oral presentations which are judged by an invited expert in this field.
Scripps Spelling Bee
The Banff School participates in The Scripps Spelling Bee each year. It is the nation's largest and longest running not-for-profit based educational competition. It helps students in grades 2nd-8th improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will stay with them all of their lives. Classroom spelling bees are held in the fall. Two or three winners from each class participate in the school-wide spelling bee, and one winner from the school moves on to participate at the next level.
For more than 60 years, students across the country have taken up the challenge of America’s longest-running and most prestigious math contest, The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC). Every year, at thousands of schools in every state, more than 350,000 students are presented with a set of questions rich in content, designed to make them think and sure to leave them talking.
Dedicated to strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation’s youth, the AMC program identifies, recognizes, and rewards excellence in mathematics through a series of national contests.