A Broad Variety of Experiential Learning Opportunities

Experiential Learning encompasses a broad variety of learning activities, including outdoor education, adventure learning, service projects, internships, group-based learning projects, world travel and cross-cultural collaboration. This educational approach begins in the classroom, expands to the community and eventually takes the learning process into the world at large. Building on our mission to actively engage learners in progressive education models, students will have the opportunity to travel regionally, nationally and internationally for Experiential Learning projects.

Meaningful Curriculum

Faculty, students, and administration work together to create meaningful, curriculum-based trips to support our educational objectives. Travel dates coincide with school breaks and students are given the opportunity to choose from a tiered menu of proposed destinations and projects.

Destinations Near and Far

Environmental Conferences such as Bioneers are coordinated by the Sustainability Program and attended in the Fall, while the Model United Nations Assembly is attended in Spring. Also, each Spring, students embark on a trip to a distant land together. Previous experiential learning trips include Italy, Cuba, Greece, Egypt, Australia, Costa Rica, Nepal, Ecuador, Cameroon, and Venezuela. Besant Hill students have also visited domestic cities such as San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, and New Orleans.

Ana Ming Bostwick-Singer ’12

My passion for dance and aerial were supported and nurtured at Besant Hill School. I found that I could use my voice through dance to express ideas and emotions about things we were studying in the classroom.

Ana Ming Bostwick-Singer ’12 Ojai, CA