Department Chair: Jessie Barrie
Experiential education is best defined as learning by doing with reflection. Its pedagogy connects back to the early teachings of Plato and Aristotle, as well as linking directly to the fundamental philosophy of John Dewey. Academy faculty, across departments and divisions, utilize experiential education as a tool to help deepen student engagement and understanding of curricular content. From interactive science labs to co-curricular language, science, and art trips, experiential education exists as one of the unique elements of the Academy academic experience.
Beyond the traditional classroom, the department of Experiential Education provides students with access to outdoor education, community and global citizenship, and sustainability education programming. Eight faculty and two interns work within the department to deliver both mandatory and elective programming.