Spring Term: Seminars in deep learning

When final exams are finished in May, Darrow students say goodbye to the regular class schedule and say hello to the Spring Term Experience, a distinctive, weeklong program that reinforces the School’s mission of service, sustainability, and study.

Spring Term takes students out of the classroom and directly into their surrounding communities and environment, where they engage in exciting, intensive, and immersive learning adventures. Groups might choose to explore sustainability and sense of place in a historic local neighborhood; witness governmental activism’s effect on legislation in the state capital; build outdoor leadership skills on the trails of the Adirondacks, or expand their horizons with excursions to cities, states, and nations outside our borders.

Some Spring Term students remain on campus during their experience, taking occasional road trips and enjoying presentations by visiting experts. For instance, a recent group worked with a guest filmmaker to learn film craft and make their own movie. Another explored the program From Farm to Fork by visiting nearby organic farms and the kitchens of local chefs.

All Spring Term experiences are precisely planned and developed to incorporate aspects of active curriculum and design thinking. Details are developed by specific faculty teams and incorporate student input.

The fundamental goals of Spring Term are to provide students with opportunities to:
•  Experience the invaluable benefits of travel
•  Engage in service learning and design-thinking challenges
•  Become skillful, lifelong learners in the areas of research and inquiry

With opportunities for cultural immersion, sustainability education, apprenticeships and service, Spring Term is experiential learning at its optimum.