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Novel Coronavirus Updates

There is no way to replicate the full Battle Ground Academy educational experience online. However, when it became apparent that the coronavirus was entering a phase of community transmission in Middle Tennessee, our administrative team began to plan for how we would continue the good work of teaching and learning if the health department recommended school closure.

While plans existed for the typical snow day and students schoolwide were accustomed to using their iPads to manage course materials and access online textbooks, BGA knew a move from in-class instruction to at-home virtual instruction would be a paradigm shift.

Simply posting work online for students to complete, “flipping classrooms” and providing links to instructional videos, or trying to adhere to a daily schedule whereby students “attend” six classes a day is neither feasible, sustainable, nor healthy from the perspective of screen time. Nor does it account for the reality that teachers are operating from home while simultaneously managing their own families. Addressing these challenges while maintaining fidelity with our inquiry-based, student-centered educational philosophy led us to develop “BGA eLearning.”

Defining our approach as “eLearning” was intentional. “Remote learning,” “distance learning,” or “virtual school” all imply either an accepted element of separation or a degree of inauthenticity. If anything, the Battle Ground Academy educational experience is defined by authentic connections between our students, faculty, staff, and parents. Our decision to hold all classes, including fine arts and wellness, reflects our commitment to nurturing these relationships and educating the whole child.

By no means is BGA eLearning the only approach, nor is it comparable to the vibrant school environment that exists in our traditional setting, but through the commitment of students and teachers, our relational foundation is solid and our eLearning program is off to a great start.

Messages to the BGA Community

While plans existed for the typical snow day and students schoolwide were accustomed to using their iPads to manage course materials and access online textbooks, BGA knew a move from in-class instruction to at-home virtual instruction would be a paradigm shift.

Simply posting work online for students to complete, “flipping classrooms” and providing links to instructional videos, or trying to adhere to a daily schedule whereby students “attend” six classes a day is neither feasible, sustainable, nor healthy from the perspective of screen time. Nor does it account for the reality that teachers are operating from home while simultaneously managing their own families. Addressing these challenges while maintaining fidelity with our inquiry-based, student-centered educational philosophy led us to develop “BGA eLearning.”

Defining our approach as “eLearning” was intentional. “Remote learning,” “distance learning,” or “virtual school” all imply either an accepted element of separation or a degree of inauthenticity. If anything, the Battle Ground Academy educational experience is defined by authentic connections between our students, faculty, staff, and parents. Our decision to hold all classes, including fine arts and wellness, reflects our commitment to nurturing these relationships and educating the whole child.

By no means is BGA eLearning the only approach, nor is it comparable to the vibrant school environment that exists in our traditional setting, but through the commitment of students and teachers, our relational foundation is solid and our eLearning program is off to a great start.

Monitoring School Gatherings

All BGA community events between March 13 and April 10 are either postponed or cancelled.  Events scheduled for after April 10 will be reviewed on a case by case basis.  Please refer to the list of events below for the status of individual events.

Event Cancelations & Postponements

All facility rentals have been canceled.

All MS and US athletic events through March 31 have been canceled.

Events canceled or postponed:
  • April 3           Realities of College Life for Parents of Seniors (postponed)
  • April 4           Prom (postponed)
  • April 8           Kindergartener/Lifer Day (canceled)
  • April 8           College Conversation #3 (canceled)
  • April 9           Grandparents Day (canceled)
  • April 14          MS Art Show (canceled)
  • April 16-17, 18   US Spring Musical (canceled)
  • April 21          Legacy Breakfast (canceled)
  • April 22          Natures Classeroom (canceled)
  • April 24         MS Kick Off to Summer Reading (canceled)
  • April 24         Jamboree & MS Tug (canceled)
  • April 24-25    MS Play (canceled)

BGA eLearning

The goal of BGA eLearning is to ensure that the education of our students continues in the event of an extended school closure. Learning will continue as teachers and students engage in the daily exchanges that make a BGA education so worthwhile. Of course, BGA eLearning cannot replicate a traditional school day and its constant interpersonal connections that are central to our experience. Students are, however, challenged to extend their learning independently under the direction and guidance of their teachers.

Below are divisional links to instructions, descriptions, and expectations for BGA's eLearning.

Harpeth Campus

Glen Echo Campus

Phone Numbers

Main:  (615) 794-3501
Lower:  (615) 567-2002
Middle:  (615) 567-9013
Upper:  (615) 567-8513
Admissions:  (615) 567-8463
A co-educational, college preparatory school for K-12 students in Franklin, Tennessee.