Semester Schools

Maine Coast Semester

This semester school is open only to high school juniors. Students live and take classes on the Chewonki campus in Wiscasset, Maine.

"Students engage deeply with the world around them through their studies, meaningful work, and outdoor experiences. They spend at least four hours a week doing field work along the Maine coast for science class. In Art and the Natural World and in Environmental Issues classes, they make use of Chewonki’s saltwater peninsula and sites throughout Maine. Their math problems may include modeling tidal changes in our own Montsweag Bay. In English, they explore how words can capture the relationship between people, nature, and place–a relationship they’re forging right here. Real-world, hands-on experiences complement the traditional components of every class."

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The Mountain School

This semester school is open only to high school juniors. Students live and take classes on a farm in rural Vershire, Vermont.

"The Mountain School cultivates a diverse and interdependent community of scholars who learn to know a place and take care of it. Through collaborative learning and shared work, students emerge from their semester prepared to reach beyond the self and focus on the common good."

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The Island School

This semester school is open to high school sophomores and juniors. Students live and take classes at the Island School on Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas.

"High school sophomores and juniors from around the world join our community to learn outside the walls of a classroom. With the campus and surrounding ocean as our laboratory and with help from our partners at the Cape Eleuthera Institute, we teach students how to live sustainably in the twenty-first century. All while earning high school credit. Together, we engage in the process of inquiry in order to discover solutions to real world problems.

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Conserve School

This semester school is open to primarily high school juniors. Students live and take classes in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin on 1200 acres.

"This semester-long immersion in environmental studies and outdoor activities deepens students’ love of nature, reinforces their commitment to conservation, and equips them to take meaningful action as environmental stewards.

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High Mountain Institute

This semester school is open to high school juniors and seniors. Students live, take classes, and partake in wilderness expeditions in Leadville, Colorado.

"HMI is both an academic school and a wilderness programs provider. As a fully-accredited independent school, HMI brings high school juniors and seniors from all over the world to our campus in Leadville, Colorado for a single semester of place-based academics and wilderness expeditions. In this environment, students can connect with their best self and become more engaged learners, community members, and citizens."

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