About Balfour Academy
At Balfour Academy we create a family atmosphere of mutual support and trust.
Our summer courses are designed to increase motivation as well as to develop critical thinking and study skills. We use positive reinforcement to create an environment conducive to learning and growth socially, emotionally, and academically.
Our afternoon sports program helps our students develop leadership and athletic skills while weekly field trips serve as an enjoyable break from studies. These also serve as time for our student body and faculty to bond with one another to make the learning process better and build community.
All our activities are designed to fulfill our motto, “Striving for Excellence.”
30 Years of Excellence
Since 1983 over 2,000 Boston Students have made a commitment to study at Balfour for six summers. Virtually all of our students have graduated from high school and have been accepted to a post-secondary institution. Out of these, at least 50% of our students have been accepted to Northeastern University.
Other colleges attended include: Alabama A&M University, Becker College, Berkley College of Music, Boston Architectural College, Boston College, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Brandeis University, Bridgewater State College, Brown University, Bucknell University, Drexel University, Framingham State College, Harvard University, Howard University, Johnson Smith University, Lincoln University, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, Morehouse College, Mt Holyoke College, Tufts University, UMass Amherst, UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, UMass Lowell, University of Albany, University of Hartford, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of New Hampshire, Wesleyan College.
During our six-week summer program, Mondays-Thursdays are dedicated to classes in the morning and sports in the afternoon. On Fridays, the students are taken on field trips to enrich their education.
Our Summer courses are designed to broaden our students’ knowledge base. Teachers design a curriculum that motivates students to learn:
- Middle School students (rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders) study English, Mathematics, Science, and Financial Literacy
- High School students (rising 10th, 11th, and 12th graders) study English, Mathematics, and a college course
During the school year we offer our students after-school tutoring to enhance what they’re already learning in school.
Friday field trips are designed to reward students for working hard on their academics Monday-Thursday. Some field trips include:
- Bowling at Jillian’s Lucky Strike
- Roller Skating at Carousel Family Fun
- Movies at the AMC theater
- Launch Trampoline Park
- Six Flags New England
Our athletic program teaches skills, teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership. We use Northeastern University’s facilities as well as the Back Bay Park in the Fenway. Activities include basketball, track, baseball, flag football, soccer, dodge ball, and swimming.
In order to best prepare students for college, Balfour Academy accepts students beginning their 7th grade year and follows them through High School. Applications for the Summer Program are available every March. In addition to completing the application, each student must come for an in-person interview with their parents or guardian. Once accepted, families are invited to come for an orientation to learn more about the program and meet some of our current students.
Preference is given to students who are:
- Entering in 7th grade of their study in September
- Living in the Greater Boston area
- Boston Public School students, however, we accept from a variety of districts
- Motivated to enhance academic achievement
- Willing to make a six-year commitment and are dedicated to the values that Balfour Academy represents
Balfour Academy is free of charge to its students.
We are funded by Northeastern University, an endowment from the Balfour Foundation, bequeaths from Northeastern alumni, grants from the Hayden Foundation and the Schrafft Foundation, and donations from alumni, parents, and friends.
Mail a check made out to Northeastern University to:
110 The Fenway
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115