Off-Campus & Summer Academic Opportunities
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. Recent programs attended have included Class Afloat and CITYterm.
Sister School Exchange Programs and Summer Study Trips
The International Studies Office administers sister school exchange programs and summer study trips led by Country Day faculty. We have strong relationships with schools in Nantes, France; Krefeld, Germany; Southampton, England; Santiago, Chile; Nanjing, China; and Cape Town, South Africa. Country Day students visit these schools for two to three weeks (usually in June) and host students from these schools for several weeks during the school year. Transcript credit is available to students who complete the requirements. Faculty-led study trips take place in the summer and include Italy (fine arts), Spain, Costa Rica, and Southern Italy (classics).
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 (formerly “Maine Coast Semester"), offers 36 juniors from top day and boarding schools around the country a chance to spend half 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 in the organic garden, tend livestock, clear pastureland, and mend fences. The curriculum of this unique program includes English, environmental studies, natural history of the Maine Coast, U.S. History, Art and the Natural World, French or Spanish, and math. Country Day and Maine Coast coordinate the program of study for our students' year courses. Country Day is pleased to be one of 14 member schools.
The Summer Institute offers Upper School students a variety of unique, weeklong academic enrichment experiences in support of specific skill development and student curiosity. Best of all, each weeklong institute is thoughtfully designed and taught by some of the most beloved Country Day teachers. Examples of courses offered include College Essay Writing, Creative Short Fiction, Writers Who Paint, Research and Writing for History Bootcamp, and Science Lab Bootcamp.