High School Summer Academic Program & Experiential Learning Activities
Experiential Learning

Students participating in the Oliverian Summer Session have the opportunity to take some classes that are likely to be very different from any they have taken in the past.  While students work with tutors in a traditional classroom and online for part of the day, the focus of the Summer Session is on experiential and integrated learning outside of the classroom.

Outdoor experiential learning allows students to be actively engaged in a learning activity which integrates academic disciplines, adventure, stewardship, and the arts.  Summer academic programs for high school students are often boring and lackluster, which is why we’ve packed our summer session calendar with exciting experiential learning activities that all students enjoy.  We take experiential learning to the next level.

On our beautiful New Hampshire campus, students may play a key role in learning about and caring for our campus garden through a class experience that combines actual gardening, science, drawing, and journaling.  Other students may learn about rock climbing and conservation by integrating a day on the rocks with a lesson in trail maintenance and photography.  We have a wide range of summer adventure activities to ensure that every student’s unique interests are satisfied.

Here are some of the exciting activities available for participation:

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Whitewater rafting
  • Mountain and road biking
  • Trail building
  • Hiking and backpacking
  • Orienteering
  • Rock climbing
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Paint-ball
  • Cross-country running
  • Skateboarding
  • Weight training
  • Volleyball

Off-campus adventures, such as Friday and Saturday overnight trips are an important part of the Summer Session.  Imagine studying English while experiencing a Shakespearean play at a Renaissance Fair, or gaining new insights into the natural world while visiting the VINS Nature Center, New England’s leading raptor care and educational facility.

Students may also experience the rush and thrill of a rafting and camping trip in Maine or an exploration museum trip to Boston.  Or, students can discover a new appreciation for math and physics while riding a roller coaster at Six Flags, New England.  In every case, students will be challenged to connect these fun and interesting real-life experiences with their learning.