Experiential Education is best defined as learning by doing with reflection, and is a pedagogy that connects back to the early teachings of Plato and Aristotle, and was most significantly explained by John Dewey. Academy faculty, across departments and divisions, utilize experiential education as a pedagogical tool to help deepen student engagement and understanding of curricular content. From interactive science labs to co-curricular language, science, and art trips, from our two-year long MAKE! theme, to 6-7's Harvest Festival, the 8th Grade Dig, and Senior Projects
, 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 full-time faculty and two interns work within the department delivering both mandatory and elective programming. For detailed explanations of each of these programs and to learn of their mission and scope and sequence, please explore each of these pages: Outdoor Education, Community and Global Citizenship, and Sustainability Education.