As part of Berkeley Carroll’s commitment to preparing graduates to thrive in
an increasingly interconnected world, the school offers opportunities to learn
about the complexity and richness of the human experience firsthand.
Berkeley Carroll partners with the World Leadership School to run two programs abroad. Currently, these programs are based in Costa Rica, Chinchotti,
India and Shompole, Kenya.
We refrain from calling these travel opportunities “trips” because they are neither
sightseeing adventures nor traditional service trips. Led by Berkeley Carroll
faculty, students read about and discuss geography, ecology, history, education
and the ethics of international development beginning several months before
departure. We return each year to the same communities, allowing us to build up
relationships over time, and join community members in working on development
projects devised by community leaders. In Kenya, students have helped refurbish
classrooms and build a dining hall at the local primary school; in India, helped
build a community center that will soon include a library. What makes these
programs different from traditional service trips is that students work the
entire time alongside community volunteers, and learn about the purpose behind each
project and how the community selected it. In the evenings and over meals,
students learn about local leadership and examine their own leadership styles.
These experiences are complemented with homestays and contrasting but relevant
visits to other sites within each country, such as a tour of Mumbai’s Dharavi
slum and a series of game drives in Kenya’s Masai Mara reserve. Berkeley Carroll
students come away from these experiences with a deeper, more textured
understanding of a different part of the world, which then gets challenged,
reinforced, and multiplied in courses like African History and
Students who study Spanish and French have the opportunity to participate in
an annual group exchange with our partner schools in Granada and Nice. These
programs feature homestays, language immersion, and courses in local history
An offshoot of Milton Academy, the Mountain School provides high school
juniors the opportunity to live and work on an organic farm in rural
Vermont. How are the Berkeley Carroll students who have
attended the Mountain School affected by this experience? The academic
credits they accrue from their semester in Vermont transfer back to
Berkeley Carroll but the friends they make during their four months away
are theirs for life. Working and living collaboratively and being
responsible for live stock and crops -- these are experiences that most
city kids would never be able to have back home in New York City.
Mountain Institute Semester
isn't for everyone. It's for those who want to combine academics and
backpacking, who want to travel through and study in the mountains of
central Colorado and the canyons of southeastern Utah, and who want to
hone their outdoor skills while sharpening their academic abilities. The
gorgeous terrain of the southwest is only a dream for most east coast
teenagers -- for those who have attended the High
Mountain Institute Semester
it's their daily vista.
At the Chewonki Semester School (also known as the Maine
Coastal Program) each day integrates academics, work,
community, and learning about the natural world. A recognized model for
the sustainable management of natural resources, the program emphasizes
farming, working with one's hands, recycling, and a commitment to
renewable energy. Sustainability is as much a part of the the Chewonki
Semester School as are academics.
Located in California's beautiful Napa Valley, the Oxbow
School is a one-semester program combining visual arts with
academics. Studio time along with visits to museums, galleries, and
artist studios are built into a typical Oxbow day, which also emphasizes
time management skill building. The Oxbow student becomes thoroughly
enmeshed in activities he or she loves. (http://www.oxbowschool.org/home.html).
Traditional academics, supplemented by a hands-on study of marine
biology, are the hallmarks of the Island School's program.
Located in Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas, the Island School's program
emphasizes classroom work with that done in the ocean, tide pools, and
along the beach.