The Banff School's mission is to educate the whole child by providing a safe, nurturing, and academically challenging environment for each student to realize his or her fullest potential.
How do we fulfill our mission?
We have an average class size of 12 and a campus-wide teacher to student ratio of 1:7. Our teachers know our students and their families personally and are able to adjust instructional styles to meet the needs of our students. We endeavor to create a school climate where students feel welcome, accepted, and free to explore in a secure learning environment.
Our curriculum is rigorous and college preparatory at all levels. Banff teachers do not simply introduce a concept and hope that students will understand it. Our teachers teach to mastery. At the Upper School level, students have the option of taking the core academic courses as honors, AP, or Dual Credit (college credit). When students graduate at The Banff School, we know they are prepared because they have been doing college level work on our campus.
We evaluate student achievement and mastery of objectives in the fall, winter, and spring using the Measures of Academic Progress. This test provides national norms and percentiles for each student, but more importantly, it allows teachers to track individual progress across the school year and create individualized "road maps" for each student's learning and progress.
Banff students are encouraged to balance academic pursuits with the development of skills in the visual and performing arts. Students can study piano, art, musical theater, and other engaging and fulfilling humanities courses as part of their regular curriculum. Performances and art exhibitions are scheduled regularly throughout the school year and align with units of study within the academic curriculum.
Welcome To The Banff Family!
Our faculty and staff are unified in creating a caring and safe learning environment where young people are challenged to thrive academically and grow as young adults prepared to impact the world around them for good.