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Beyond Textbooks: Students Explore and Get Creative Outside the Classroom

It takes far more to prepare students for success than learning mathematics, English, and science. Extracurriculars like athletics, music programs, and the arts are staples at nearly all boarding schools across North America, but several campuses go above and beyond to give young scholars a chance to grow.

Read about six creative approaches to activities outside the classroom that are helping students explore their interests, make lifelong friendships, learn about the world, and perhaps most importantly—have fun.

1. Deerfield Academy’s Innovation Lab

The Innovation Lab at Deerfield Academy is a place for students and faculty to explore and create outside the classroom. The communal space encourages idea, information, and skill sharing with open lab time and events like discussions with university computer science students, rocket building days, and a soldering and electronics project to build a memory game.

2. Exploring the world with Annie Wright Schools

For some young scholars, their campus is the globe. At Annie Wright Schools‘ all-boys and all-girls schools in the Seattle-area, students can study abroad in Spain, France, China, New Zealand, and Chile. The exchange programs give students a chance to host an international student in their home and then live with that student’s family, attend their school, make new friends from across the globe, and experience new cultures.

3. Outdoor education at Indian Mountain School

Indian Mountain School offers an Outdoor Education Program that makes the most of a 600-acre rugged forest behind its Connecticut campus and even takes students on the Appalachian Trail. Activities like ropes courses, backcountry skills experiences, and multi-day camping trips encourage kids to explore, build leaderships skills, and form friendships.

4. Unconventional athletic programs at Camden Catholic High School

Athletics are more than soccer, basketball, and tennis. Camden Catholic High School lets students get creative with its intramural sports program, where students can lobby for new clubs, such as ping-pong and Ultimate Frisbee.

5. Becoming one with the ocean at Army and Navy Academy

Army and Navy Academy’s coastal setting in Southern California means surf’s up for students who can also train to be a beach or pool lifeguard with the school’s free-of-charge Red Cross Lifeguard certification course.

6. Giving Back to the Community at Foxcroft Academy

Foxcroft Academy in New England, is dedicated to teaching young adults the importance of giving back to the community with its graduation requirement of 36 service hours. The 2016 senior class completed a commendable 10,000 combined hours of community service during their four years at the school through activities like international food night fundraisers, volunteering at hospice centers, and partnerships with local businesses.

7. A holistic education with Durham Catholic District School Board

Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) supports international students’ life outside the classroom through a holistic program focusing on body, mind, and spirit. DCDSB offers students diverse activities and excursions, allowing for significant opportunities to maximize their life experiences while pursuing their studies. Activities include after-school wellness sessions, International Student Club, regular excursions to culturally significant events/sites, and trips to university and college campuses within Ontario.

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