The purpose of the student life program at Bachman Academy is to foster emotional growth through the development of self-control.
This begins in the simplest and most personal area: personal hygiene. Students are taught and expected to keep their bodies appropriately clean throughout the day. The next level of responsibility is to their personal environment. Students will learn to take pride in keeping their spaces clean and organized. The third level of responsibility is to their dorm mates. Each student will take part in the work necessary to keep their dorm clean and inviting, and each student will work on developing the social and emotional skills necessary to build healthy friendships. The other two levels of targeted growth address campus community and the community at large.
Residential students attend weekly dorm meetings as a group to address dorm life and community. In addition, dorm parents discuss the daily happenings individually with students every evening, as needed. At these sessions the student sets personal goals based on areas of weakness, parental input and dorm parent expectations. Target topics for group and individual conversations include: planning, boundaries, expectations, communication, confrontation, self-advocacy, listening, perspective, friendship, cause/effect, self-control, discipline, patience and kindness. Dorm parents will track and record student progress through targeted areas in order to provide students and parents with regular updates. An example follows:
5 - exhibits good eye contact and active listening skills and responds appropriately
4 - listens with eye contact and some active listening skills
3 - requires prompting—will retain information when prompted to listen
2 - does not listen—will not retain information due to lack of interest
1 - interrupts other’s in order to force their point
0 - continually speaks over others and shows no interest in others' perspectives