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 Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki.
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; in Krefeld, Germany; in 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, in Zaragoza, Spain, in Beijing, China, and in 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.
Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki
Founded in 1988, Maine Coast Semester at Chewonki, 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 cocurricular 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 fourteen member schools.
Science Outreach Program
We have many high school students who are passionate about science. The school has developed relationships with science professors at local institutions to give our students primary research opportunities over the summer. Interested students should speak to their current science teacher and get in touch with the Science Outreach Coordinator to inquire about possible placements. These experiences involve a large time commitment over the summer and are generally offered to rising seniors and juniors. The Science Outreach Coordinator can also help with applications to existing summer research programs across the nation. Students who take part in summer research are asked to present their work at the annual Science Symposium in the fall each year.