Upper School students have opportunities to travel and study off campus and abroad, either through Country Day sponsored programs or affiliate programs, such as School Year Abroad and Chewonki Semester School. Students who have interest in other semester-away opportunities not listed below are free to pursue those as well. Country Day awards academic credit as able for work with most accredited programs, however GPA is not impacted by courses completed outside of Country Day.
Sister School Exchanges, Study Trips, and Service-Learning Experiences
The International Studies office administers Sister School exchanges, study trips, and service-learning experiences. Country Day has longstanding partnerships with schools in Nantes, France; Krefeld, Germany; and Nanjing, China. Upper School students visit these schools for approximately two weeks (usually in June) and host students from these schools for two weeks during the school year. Transcript credit is available to students who complete the requirements. Faculty-led experiences abroad take place during school breaks during the academic year and the summer. Exchanges, study trips, and service-learning experiences vary from year to year, and in addition to those listed above may include Italy, London, Costa Rica, and Morocco, as well as service opportunities in Hungary, India, Cuba, and South Africa.
School Year Abroad
Offering a high school year in China, France, Italy, or Spain, this program is the only secondary-level program that allows students to live with a host family while earning Upper School graduation credits and preparing for selective United States colleges and universities. Founded in 1965 and sponsored by three New England boarding schools (Phillips Academy, Phillips Exeter Academy, and St. Paul’s School), School Year Abroad (SYA) operates its own schools in Rennes, France; Zaragoza, Spain; Beijing, China; and Viterbo, Italy. SYA’s program includes a nine month home-stay with courses taught exclusively in the native language plus American core courses taught by faculty from the sponsoring schools.
Chewonki Semester School
Founded in 1988, Chewonki Semester School, offers about 40 juniors from top day and boarding schools around the country the chance to spend half of their year on a 400-acre coastal peninsula, surrounded by salt marshes and tidal inlets and bordered with several miles of shoreline. The Afternoon Work Program affords the opportunity to work on an organic farm, chop firewood, and help with construction projects. The curriculum of includes traditional junior year courses as well as distinctive courses such as Environmental Issues, Natural History of the Maine Coast, and Art and the Natural World. Country Day and Chewonki coordinate the program of study for our students’ year courses. One co-curricular credit is granted for the work program, and a fine arts studio credit is granted for Art and the Natural World. Country Day is pleased to be one of 14 member schools.
Summer Academic Programs
Country Day does not offer summer academic courses for credit. Students wishing to engage in academic courses either online or at other institutions should see the Director of Studies for suggestions and information. At this time, summer courses taken at other institutions do not transfer to the Country Day transcript or factor into a student’s GPA.