The high schools from which our students come, and to which they return, provide outstanding educational experiences. Semester school students have been, and go on to be, happy and thriving in these sending schools. Why, then, were semester schools created? What are some of reasons to consider going away during high school?
First and foremost, semester schools act as a supplement to, not a replacement for, our students’ sending schools. A semester away provides a unique opportunity to reflect on oneself as a learner and as a community member, but it is not an experience that exists in isolation. Semester schools teach transferable skills that allow our alumni to return to their high schools with a renewed sense of self and an ability to both contribute to and benefit from their school community.