Semester School Programs

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ovett freshmen and sophomores are invited to consider the following semester and year-away programs to complement their Lovett education. Students who are interested in a study-away program must first consult with the Assistant Head of School as early as possible during the fall semester prior to the year they wish to study away. Lovett reserves the right for final approval for all interested students. Students are permitted to enroll at a semester school only once while at Lovett.

A small number of Lovett sophomores may also enroll in Lab Atlanta, Lovett's own honors-level semester school based in midtown Atlanta. For more information about Lab Atlanta, contact Executive Director Laura Deisley.
 

Outdoor Academy

Sophomores spend one semester at this semester school in the Pisgah Mountains, outside Brevard, North Carolina. The curriculum transfers to Lovett with relative ease. Students can continue their study of Spanish. Independent study in other languages can sometimes be coordinated. Outdoor Academy offers a full range of math courses to meet students' needs. Lovett students attending Outdoor Academy should register for World History at OA (not Appalachian History) and should enroll in Environmental Science or Botany at Lovett, to complement their study of Natural History at OA. Students who wish to apply to OA should must consult with the Assistant Head of School before initiating an application.

Swiss Semester

This fall semester program for sophomores, located in the Swiss mountains, offers a semester of "academic, physical, and personal challenge." Students can continue their study of French, Spanish, and math at the appropriate level. The Swiss Semester Humanities course will transfer as Western Civilization, and the Swiss Semester English course will transfer as English 10. Students will receive transfer science elective credit for the Swiss Semester geology course. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

Alzar School

Alzar School is a one-semester program that welcomes both sophomores and juniors. Students split their time between the campus in Idaho and homestays in Chile (6 weeks). The outdoor program (kayaking, skiing, backpacking, surfing, etc.) is a significant part of the school, as is the international experience students gain by spending 6 weeks in South America. Because of the international experience in a Spanish-speaking country, The Alzar School is most appropriate for students who are studying Spanish at Lovett. Independent studies in other languages can not be accommodated. Students can continue their math, science (chemistry, physics, or environmental science), history (Western Civ or U.S. history), and English courses at the appropriate level while at Alzar. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

The Traveling School

The Traveling School is open to girls in grade 10 and provides a semester of “overseas exploration, academic challenges, expanded outdoor skills and a deeper comprehension of the world we live in.” Students who enroll in the fall semester travel throughout Africa; in the spring semester, students travel in South America. Students can continue their study of Spanish at The Traveling School and may take the appropriate math course (algebra 2, precalculus, or independent study) to complement the Lovett curriculum. Students will take Natural Science while away, which transfers as a science elective. The Traveling School’s English and history classes will transfer as English 10 and Modern Global History. Students who wish to apply must consult with the Assistant Head of School before initiating an application.

Mountain School

This semester school for juniors is affiliated with Milton Academy in Massachusetts. Like students at the Outdoor Academy, students at the Mountain School are intimately involved in understanding the environment in which they learn. A key student responsibility is maintenance of the school's working organic farm. Students will be able to continue their study of French, Spanish, Latin, and math at the appropriate level. In consultation with the Dean of Academic Affairs, students should register for Environmental Science, physics, or chemistry at Mountain School, to complement students' science curriculum at Lovett. The Mountain School's English and US History courses will transfer as American Studies. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

Chewonki (Maine Coast Semester)

This semester school for juniors emphasizes field science, sustainability, and the outdoors. Students are able to continue their Spanish, French, Latin, Chinese, and math study at the appropriate level. All students at Chewonki take a science course called "Natural History of the Maine Coast." This course will transfer as a science elective. Chewonki's English and US History classes will transfer as American Studies, as long as students register for "Literature and the Land" and US History at Chewonki. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

High Mountain Institute Semester

HMI is a one-semester program for academically and physically motivated juniors. As part of the semester, students spend six weeks in the wilderness. Leadership and man's relationship to nature are important components of the program. Students can continue their Spanish, French (independent study), and math courses at the appropriate level. At Lovett, students should register for Environmental Science, to complement the Natural History course at HMI. HMI's English and US History courses will transfer as American Studies. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

School for Ethics & Global Leadership

This semester school for juniors focuses on leadership and ethics and is located in Washington, DC. All students at SEGL take an introductory course in Arabic and Chinese and also have the option to continue their study of French or Spanish at the appropriate level. Students may take physics or chemistry at SEGL and should register for the same course at Lovett. Math is available at all levels to complement a student's Lovett curriculum. SEGL's English and US History courses will transfer as American Studies. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

CityTerm

This semester school for juniors in New York City focuses on teamwork, critical thinking, and an exploration of the history, literature, and culture of New York. Students may register for two of the following three options: physics, math, and language. Classes in French, Spanish, Latin, and math are available at the appropriate level. Students may receive transfer history and English credit for CityTerm's interdisciplinary urban core. Students who enroll at CityTerm for the fall semester must complete the fall semester of US history in summer school either the summer before or the summer after junior year, in order to satisfy the fall semester of American Studies history. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

Oxbow School

The Oxbow School is the only semester school in the country that focuses on visual arts. It is open to juniors in the fall or spring semester. Though a portfolio is not required for admission, applicants should be dedicated, serious artists. Through an interdisciplinary, project-based approach, students fulfill requirements in English, history, and science. Students are tutored in French, Spanish, Chinese, and math at the appropriate level. Students will also receive transfer credit for American Studies and for one semester of Environmental Science. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

School Year Abroad

Sophomores and Juniors who participate in SYA spend an entire year in France, Spain, China, or Italy, or the fall semester in China or Italy. SYA students live with a host family and benefit from significant language study. The curriculum for each program is closely tied to the language, history, and culture of the host country, although students in China and Italy are not required to have prior experience in Chinese or Italian. After consultation with the Assistant Head of School, students may receive transfer history and English elective credits that can be used towards graduation requirements in those disciplines. Juniors who attend a SYA program will be required to enroll in the full two credits of American Studies in their senior year. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

Conserve School

This Wisconsin semester school for juniors focuses on the theme of environmental stewardship. Students are immersed in environmental history, nature, literature, and the study of conservation. The curriculum emphasizes hands-on, active learning in the outdoors. In addition to core courses in AP Environmental Science, English, and history, students may continue their Spanish, and math classes at the appropriate level (French, Chinese, and Latin are available through independent study). Students who enroll at the Conserve School must complete their US History (American Studies history) requirement through summer school before or after attending Conserve, or through an online class while at Conserve. The Conserve English class will transfer as American Studies English. Students should register for genetics or anatomy or AP Environmental Science at Lovett to complement the AP Enviornmental Science course they will complete at Conserve. (At Conserve, the entire AP Environmental Science course is taught in one semester). All students accepted to Conserve School are awarded a full scholarship covering tuition, room, and board. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

The Woolman Semester School

The Woolman Semester School is a “progressive academic school for juniors who want to make a difference in the world.” Run in the Quaker tradition and located on the Yuba River in Nevada, The Woolman Semester focuses on peace, justice, and sustainability. Because of the limited courses offerings at The Woolman Semester School, this semester school is appropriate only for juniors who will need to take Spanish 2 or 3 or who have completed their language requirement, and who will be in Algebra 2 or precalculus as juniors. Students should enroll in Environmental Science at Lovett to complement the science course they will take while away. The history and English classes at The Woolman Semester School will transfer as English and history electives but do not fulfill the American Studies requirement. Therefore, juniors who wish to enroll at The Woolman Semester School must complete a semester of American Studies (English and history) during the senior year. Students who wish to apply must consult with the Assistant Head of School before initiating an application.

African Leadership Academy's Catalyst Term

African Leadership Academy's Catalyst Term is open to sophomore and juniors for either the fall or spring semester. Up to 15 non-African students will join an exceptional student body comprised of 200 students from across the African continent at this prestigious boarding school. African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa and the world by identifying, developing, and connecting future leaders. Students develp their capacity as change-makers within a unique Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum alongside honors-level courses consistent with their sending school's curriculum. Applicants should have a proven track record of academic excellence and an emerging interest in social change and the African continent. All Catalyst students will take African Studies (history credit), Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Writing and Rhetoric (English credit). They will continue their math and sceince classes at the appropriate level and may choose an elective (French, geography, economics, etc.). Juniors who participate in Catalyst Term will need to make up the missed semester of American Studies their senior year. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.

Cascade Mountain School

Cascade Mountain School is a fall-semester program for  juniors.The school is based in the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon and Washington. Students live and study on a forest campus in Trout Lake, Washington, a quiet agricultural valley at the base of Mt. Adams. The educational program incorporates local study of wilderness, agriculture, national resource and industry, transportation, energy, and native communities. Students can continue their math coursework at the appropriate level. Cascade Mountain English will transfer as American Studies English. Lovett students who enroll at Cascade Mountain must take the fall semester of US history in summer school either the summer before or the summer after junior year, in order to satisfy the fall semester of American Studies history. The science, history, and art classes will transfer to Lovett as science elective, history elective, and art elective. Students who wish to continue their language study may do so through an independent study. Interested students must consult with the Assistant Head of School before completing an application.
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