Beyond the regular curriculum, our two-week-long Spring Intensives provide Upper School students a choice of interdisciplinary courses and travel programs to explore interests beyond the scope of traditional courses. They offer students the opportunity to study one subject in great depth, emphasizing thoughtful comprehension over content coverage.
Recent Spring Intensives include Human Origins, Neuropsychology, Science and the Sociology of Food, Homelessness, The Construction of Gender, William Faulkner, Art and Math (which used mathematical sequences as the underpinnings of art project), and The American Economy (a business and economics intensive that featured applied math, such as linear programming, optimization, marginal utility/cost, and investing/compounding interest).
Additionally, our global academic travel programs are linked to their own dedicated Spring Intensives — providing students with even more time for deep and rigorous preparation.
A passion for learning is at the heart of Berkeley Carroll, and the Spring Intensives program allows both students and faculty to indulge this love of learning. For faculty, it is an opportunity to teach differently, to learn from colleagues in other disciplines, and to take on topics that don’t always fit in the traditional classroom, while our students come to see that learning can happen in different ways than the usual school day provides. The program emphasizes sustained, in-depth, and authentic learning experiences, often using our city—and our world—as our classroom. In other words, the Spring Intensives program is the embodiment of the school’s mission: to engage students in civic life and prepare them for the greater endeavor, a life of critical, ethical, and global thinking.