Off-Campus Study Programs
If you are interested in these programs, please feel free to reach out to Ward Abel. The programs listed below have been approved by GFA, while other programs are considered on a case-by-case basis.
- School Year Abroad (SYA)
- High Mountain Institute
- The Island School
- The School for Ethics & Global Leadership
- Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki
- The Mountain School
Through its Rocky Mountain Semester program, HMI offers juniors students the opportunity to focus on rigorous academics and community and leadership skills through participation in a small community on campus in Leadville, Colorado and on three wilderness expeditions through the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
SEGL is a semester-long program in Washington, DC for highly motivated high school juniors interested in exploring global affairs and leadership. The program emphasizes critical thinking skills, leadership development, and international affairs, using a case-study method and taking advantage of resources in the Washington, D.C. area.
Located on a 400-acre saltwater peninsula campus in northern New England, Chewonki offers high school juniors an opportunity to abandon the confines of the classroom, to go beyond lectures and books, and learn to read the world. In a typical year, Chewonki welcomes students from fifty-two schools and twenty-one states. Selected on the basis of their intellectual energies, strength of character, and creativity, students arrive with a diversity of traits and backgrounds to face this challenging new environment.
Students must be pre-approved by GFA before they may apply to any off-campus program.
The school will only pre-approve students who are in excellent academic standing and who have the maturity to handle the added work needed to make necessary transitions.
Pre-approval involves three steps:
- The students meets with Global Studies Faculty to discuss their intention to apply for an off-campus study program. The student follows up by writing and interest statement describing where he/she wishes to apply and why.
- The student meet with college guidance to discuss how a semester away would affect the four-year course plan.
- The student and family meet with Head of Upper School to review course selection and discuss GFA policies for off-campus study
Upon completing the pre-approval process, the student and his/her family are responsible for completing the admission and financing applications directly with the off-campus program. The programs themselves have the final choice of which of GFA’s pre-approved candidates to accept.
The school reserves the right to set a reasonable limit on the number of students who can attend off-campus programs during any given academic year. No student will be permitted to attend more than one semester or year-long program during his or her time in the Upper School at GFA. Students who have completed an off-campus program are required to give a presentation about their experience to the full student body at a special assembly the following fall. Students away from campus for their junior or senior year are not eligible for valedictorian or salutatorian status. Families of students attending year-long programs will be required to put down a deposit to hold the student’s place for the following year.