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Beyond the Classroom

ClubsSenior ProjectMountain and Island Schools High Mountain InstituteSchool Year Abroad

In the Upper School, we are constantly seeking ways to broaden the spectrum of opportunities for our girls to develop their talents, sharpen their skills and spark their passions. In large part, we do this via our flexible and rich curriculum, as well as through athletics, fine arts and performing arts. But we also offer venues for students to discover new interests or delve more deeply into subjects they have already explored in classes. These programs involve in-school and out-of-school experiences, helping students draw connections between the classroom and the real world.

When the last bell rings at 3:22 p.m., the day is far from over for Upper School girls.  There are athletic events, play rehearsals, dance rehearsals, research projects – any number of activities that are the extension of what students are doing in class. We believe that pursuing interests that extend beyond the classroom enables our students to learn to create balance in their busy lives.


Upper School clubs include  Asian Awareness Association; Athletic Association; Black Cultural Awareness; F-8 (Photo Club); Free the Children; Gold Key (Admission Guides); HB Review (student newspaper); Lorax (ecology); Moving Company (dance); Mu Alpha Theta (Math Club); Scripta (literary magazine); Spectrum; Specularia (yearbook); Stage One (drama); Student Senate (student government); Voices in Praise (Christian Club); World Affairs Club; World Religions Club; Young Activists (multicultural awareness); Young Republicans; Model UN; and Speech and Debate.

Senior Project

Each spring, seniors take the last four weeks of the school year to participate in faculty-supervised internships or independent study off campus. Through this required program, students gain insight into the world beyond the classroom.

Mountain and Island Schools

The Mountain School Program offers HB students an opportunity to enjoy a rare living and learning experience in Vermont, while maintaining a rigorous college preparatory academic schedule. This selective coed program is available to students the fall or spring semester of their junior year.

The Island School is a semester program for high school sophomores with a campus and biological field station located at Cape Eleuthera in the Bahamas. The major components of The Island School are rigorous academic challenges, the social aspects of community living on an island campus and the interactions with the unique people and environment of Eleuthera. An interdisciplinary program focuses on the marine environment.

High Mountain Institute

Rocky Mountain Semester allows juniors to spend a semester at the Leadville, Colorado campus of the High Mountain Institute.  They pursue traditional academic studies in English, mathematics, history, and foreign language while also focusing on environmental studies and outdoor activities.

School Year Abroad

This program allows juniors and seniors a yearlong immersion into France, Spain, China, Italy, or Vietnam.  Students live with host families and pursue their studies at SYA-established schools under the guidance of faculty from sponsoring U.S. independent schools.

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