Established in 1973, Mountain Classroom takes ten students on an adventure-based study of the American Southwest, though desert ecology and water resource management, Mexican border and Native American studies, Western American literature. Hike to rock climbing sites at Joshua Tree, Bryce and Zion National Parks; sea kayak from Baja California; solo for 48 hours in a desert and study Native cultures on a reservation!
Ocean Classroom is the sailing adventure of a lifetime! Twenty-two students work around the clock in “watch teams” with a professional crew, sailing a 130-foot schooner from Boston to San Juan, Puerto Rico. Along the way, we stop at fourteen ports of call, studying navigational math, maritime literature, oceanography, marine biology and the history of specific cities and islands. Students return from Ocean Classroom with new insights into human potential and the value of teamwork to overcome adversity.
The spring trimester begins with a week of intensive, small-group activities that explore teachers’ passions. Students boil maple sap into syrup, work on a southern plantation, make quilts, explore Canadian cities, bike on Cape Cod, prepare gourmet meals, practice martial arts, teach skiing to handicapped children and dog sled through northern Maine. Project Period is one of many examples of transformational experiential education at Proctor!
|Study in Costa Rica|
The Country School in the Pacific coast village of Tamarindo is the home of Proctor in Costa Rica. Typically three or four sophomores elect to spend a trimester here, continuing their study of English, biology, history, geometry or algebra 2 and Spanish. A term in Costa Rica is enriched with trips to eco-tourist sites ranging from volcanoes to local jungle wildlife habitats. Local beaches offer prime opportunities for the study of leatherback turtles and their breeding behaviors. Sailing, SCUBA diving and zip-line tours complete extra-curricular activities. Students live in modern, air-conditioned dormitories and spend weekends with local “Ticos”.
|European Art Classroom |
Based in Aix-en-Provence in southern France, European Art Classroom is an elective nine-week winter term dedicated to the finest arts and culture of Western Europe. Students prepare for excursions to museums in Florence, Italy; Paris, France, and Brussels, Belgium through intensive two-week programs in Aix. While in Aix, they live in a dormitory residence with Proctor instructors and attend the International Language Institute for classes in French language. While at this home base, they immerse themselves in the creation of art, trying their hand at new techniques while simultaneously spending many hours in the studio working on their chosen art emphasis. The three separate excursions are culminating experiences, as students enjoy extensive time at several of the worlds legendary museums, including the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Louvre.
|Study in Spain|
Proctor has its own classrooms in the traditional, culturally rich Castilian city of Segovia, located an hour north of Madrid. Students live with select host families and study Spanish language, history, culture (as well as English) taught by Proctor teachers. Excursions visit local sites, including the Royal Palace of La Granja de San Ildefonso, the ancient University of Salamanca and the Museo del Prado. In addition, extended trips explore the Basque region, Bilbao (home to the Guggenheim Museum) as well as the Moorish citadel The Alhambra, in Granada. An alternative trip takes students to Barcelona and Salvador Dali’s home near the fishing village of Cadaques.
More than a physical place, Proctor is a set of beneficial relationships. This human definition of community is introduced to all new students on a five-day backpacking hike in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Eight students and two teachers conquer mountain peaks, cook over open fires, sleep under tarps, and come together as a functioning group. Friendships forged on Wilderness Orientation may last a lifetime!