Day and Boarding; Grades 6-12



Travel Opportunities

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Current Opportunities

Spring Break Travel

Teach English to elementary students and enjoy the beach. Open to all ninth- through twelfth-grade students. March 17 through March 24, 2018. Estimated Cost: $2000. Interested? Email Mrs. Douglass at

Provide medical services to remote churches and schools served by Harmony Ministries. Open to all ninth- through twelfth-grade students. March 20 through March 24, 2018. Estimated Cost: $2000. Interested? Email Mr. Thompson at

Allons-y! Want to become a Parisian? Allons-y! Explore French and Francophone culture while you live like a Parisian by practicing your French language skills with a homestay experience. Open to French students in ninth- through twelfth-grade. March 16 through March 24, 2018. Estimated Cost: $2600. First deposit of $1000 to reserve a space is due September 22. Interested? Email Dr. Henry at

From the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and Tiananmen Square in Beijing, to Yuntai Mountain in Hunan Province, then by high-speed rail to Xi’An to see the Silk Road and the Terracotta Army, this trip has it all. Open to all eighth- through twelfth-grade students.! March 18 through March 28, 2018. Estimated Cost: $3600. Interested? Email Mr. Anderson at

Summer 2018 Travel

Start your summer right with snorkeling, sun, and fun while you learn about marine biology and sustainable development on a magnificent tropical island at The Island School. June 16 through June 23, 2018. Estimated Cost $2100. Interested? Email Dr. Sisserson at

Explore the ancient land that the Jewish, Muslim, and Christian religions call home; we will spend the night on a kibbutz, travel to a Bedouin camp, hike through ancient ruins, and visit Hand in Hand School where Jewish and Arab students study side-by-side. Open to all ninth- through twelfth-grade students. June 17 through June 27, 2018. Estimated Cost: $3400. Interested? Email Stephanie DeSouza at

Other Opportunities for Global Studies

Reach Cambridge welcomes fourteen- through eighteen-year-olds to experience Cambridge University’s world-renowned academic, historic, and cultural offerings each summer. The residential program invites students to live in university dormitories while taking one, two, or three-week summer courses in subjects such as engineering, law, creative writing, physics, international relations, and drama. Some courses offer academic credit. The program’s mission is to offer high-schoolers a taste of life on an elite university campus, widening their horizons with world-class teaching supplemented by evening activities, social and athletic offerings, engaging speakers, and excursions to sites throughout England. More information can be found here.

Spend a few weeks in Washington, DC, next summer learning about global topics like International Diplomacy, Intelligence and National Security, or Leadership. The National Student Leadership Conference invites high-schoolers to live in dorms at American or Georgetown Universities and experience behind-the-scenes tours, meet experts from diplomats to CIA personnel to military generals, and participate in simulations of real-world global events. The organization offers scholarships based on need. Find out more here.

The American Foreign Service Association announced its annual essay contest on the topic of global diplomacy and peace-building. This year’s topic asks high school students to examine successful and unsuccessful cases of diplomatic action in essays of 1,000 to 1,250 words. The contest is competitive, with winners and runners up winning prizes such as cash, scholarships to study with Semester at Sea and the National Student Leadership Conference. The deadline is midnight on Friday, March 15, 2018 and more information can be found here.

The Junior National Student Leadership Conference invites current sixth- through eighth-graders to an exciting summer camp experience. Campers will live in dorms at American University as they explore STEM, leadership, or government though real-world simulations, field trips, and behind-the-scenes tours. The organization offers scholarships based on need. Find out more here.

Each year, the Global Citizens Initiative welcomes a carefully selected group of high school students to its year-long fellowship program. Fellows attend a summit at Harvard Faculty Club, exploring global issues with faculty mentors, and then work with these mentors to plan and implement service projects designed to make the world a better place for all. Applications are due in January 2018; find out more here.

Cambridge Immerse is a one-week academic program welcoming sixteen-through-eighteen-year-old students from around the world to Cambridge University, in England, each summer. Intended to give high school students a taste of life on a college campus, the program accommodates students in university dorms and offers them an abundance of extracurricular activities. The program offers several courses of study, including a Global Leadership Programme to be offered July 1 through July 7, 2018. For further information, click here.

Envision offers high school students leadership-oriented summer programs in Washington, D.C. and New York City. At the Leadership Forum on National Security–Diplomacy, Intelligence, and Defense–students will gather in Washington, D.C. to meet national security experts and explore the latest intelligence strategies. At the Global Young Leaders Conferences in Washington and New York, students will experience simulations of international diplomacy and engage in cross-cultural communication exercises with peers from around the world. For more information, click here.

The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) offers a five-week intensive program designed for high school students who want to change the world! Located in London, England, from June 23 to July 28, 2018, attendees will meet with NGOs, government officials, and think tanks as they hone their public speaking, debate, leadership and collaborative skills. The SEGL program is selective, and offers financial aid. For more information, click here.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES) Abroad program, funded by the U.S. Department of State, provides scholarships for high school students to gain the perspective of Muslim cultures first-hand. Students in the program live with host families in select countries with significant Muslim populations, attending local high schools for the academic year. A support network of field staff, trained volunteers, and carefully selected host families helps assure that exchange students flourish while living and learning abroad. YES student-diplomats serve as young ambassadors of the U.S., promoting mutual understanding of two cultures, forming lasting relationships with their host families’ communities, and fueling their passion for international life. Applications are due online December 5 and are available here.

Each summer, Rustic Pathways hosts a group of promising high school change makers for an exciting, fully funded opportunity to explore a global issue on location. This year’s experience will take place June 16 through July 2, is open to fifteen-to-eighteen-year-olds, and will investigate the history of race, civil rights, and collective action in America. Join other high school students from around the world on this moving expedition, beginning in Washington D.C. and continuing through the South to the Mississippi Delta, exploring the history of slavery, segregation, and marginalization of communities of color. Deadline to apply for this amazing FREE opportunity is January 1, 2018. Click here to apply.