OFF CAMPUS PROGRAM GUIDELINES Each year, Greens Farms provides the opportunity for several students to attend semester or yearlong programs off-campus. These programs offer a unique and broadening experience for those students who want to enhance their education and explore a culture or perspective they could not otherwise experience at home. Programs are preapproved by the school so that the academic rigor and reputation of the sponsoring organization are similar to those of Greens Farms. Students must be pre-approved before they may apply to any program. Only students who are in good academic standing and who have the maturity to handle the added work needed to make necessary transitions should apply. Students considering applying to an offcampus program must first submit a written statement to the Assistant Head for Academic Affairs explaining why they want to attend and how the program will serve their educational goals. Once approval has been given, the student and his/her family are responsible for completing admission and financing applications. Students who have completed an off-campus program are required to give a presentation about their experience to the full student body at a special assembly the following fall. Students away from campus for their junior or senior year are not eligible for Valedictorian or Salutatorian status. Semester long programs: Chewonki Semester School on the Maine coast for juniors Application due date: February 20th Fall Program - Late August to December break Spring Program- Late January to late May Coursework:(May only take 5 courses) English: Literature and the Land Math: Honors Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus AB and BC History: AP US Science: Natural History of the Maine Coast Languages: French and Spanish level 3 through AP Art and the Natural World Other: Environmental Issues High Mountain Institute in Colorado for juniors Application due date: Feb 15th for either semester Fall Program - Late-August to December break Spring Program- Mid- January to late May Coursework: English: Literature of the Natural World Math: Alg. 2; Pre-Calculus, and AP Calculus History: AP US or regular US History Science: Natural Science -- matches GFA's Environmental Science, but not AP Environmental.
Language: Intermediate and advanced Spanish Other: HMI requires an Ethics course that can be matched with a GFA elective to complete a 1.0 weight for a course. Island School in the Bahamas for sophomores or juniors Application due date: February for either semester Fall Program - late August to mid-December Spring Program - early March to June Coursework: English: Literature of the Sea Math: Applied Mathematics. Depending on student's GFA course, s/he may have to do make up work in the summer History: Bahamian History is integrated into the Humanities course, so juniors will need to take US History in their senior year. Any sophomore attending the IS who is currently taking Foundations will do make up work in the summer prior to attending or in the summer after attending. Science: Marine Ecology - matches GFA's Marine Biology course or Environmental Science, although not AP Environmental. If sophomores wish to take Chemistry, They will need to make up anything they miss during the summer with a tutor. Language: Not offered, so students will need to make up work with a tutor in the summer before or after the program. Arts: Land and Environmental Art -- matches GFA's Studio Art Mountain School of Milton Academy in Vermont for juniors Application due date: mid- February for either semester Fall Program - late August through winter break Spring Program - late January through May Coursework: English: English Math: Honors Algebra II, Pre-calculus, AP Calculus History: AP US History Science: ), Environmental Science (required) which matches GFA's Environmental Science, but not AP; Physics, Chemistry (spring semester only) Language: Honors and AP Spanish, French, Latin. Ungraded tutorials in Mandarin can usually be arranged) Arts: Studio Art Other: Humanities The Oxbow School in California for the junior or senior who plans to attend art school or major in art. Application due date: rolling admissions Fall Program - late August through winter break
Spring Program - late January through May Coursework: English: English Math: tutorial in Algebra 2/Trig with some coverage of Pre-Calculus History: US History Science: Environmental Science Language: tutorial for an extra fee. Students will take a placement test to determine their language placement for the following year. Arts: variety of courses
The School for Ethics and Global Leadership in Washington, DC for juniors Application due date: March 1st Fall Program - late August through winter break Spring Program - January through May
Coursework: English: English Math: Pre-calculus and AB/BC Calculus. History: US History (may prep for the AP), AP US Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government Science: Chemistry and Physics Language: Required introductory Arabic and Chinese Language and Culture course. Advanced Spanish and French. Other language study maybe arranged for an additional fee. Independent studies may also be arranged
The Woodstock School in India for sophomores and juniors Application due date: March 15th for regular decision; Nov. 1st for early decision Fall Semester - August to mid-December (Because of the extensive orientation provided at the beginning of the school year, attendance during the first semester is recommended.) Coursework: English: a variety of courses including AP Math: Algebra 2, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and AP's
History: AP World and AP US History Science: Environmental Science (regular and AP) and advanced levels of Biology, Chemistry, and Physics Language: French and Hindi; if students are taking Spanish, Mandarin, or Latin they will need to make up work with a tutor in the summer before or after the program. Students will take a placement test to determine their language placement for the following year. Arts: Studio Art and others Religious Education: Students are required to take a Âź credit course in their choice of either a Christian or Indian religion, or a course on the philosophy of religion. General Information about Semester Programs Grading at GFA: Fall Program: Grades earned upon returning in the first semester will be factored into the second semester average. During the GFA exam period the student will take a modified assessment based on material covered in the second semester. The assessment is equivalent to one test and will be factored into the second semester average. Spring Program: First semester grades and comments will be sent home. During second semester, students are expected to maintain their coursework. Any deviation from their normal effort may affect their placement in courses for the following year. Students away for the second semester will not take exams. Languages: Students will take a placement test upon their return or after summer work to determine the level of their next language course. Photography: Students who will attend the fall session should not take Photography. Students who attend the spring session may take one semester of Photography at GFA for .5 credit and advance to the next level the following year by doing work over the summer. If Photography is to satisfy the arts requirement, students may complete the second half of the course during second semester of the following year. Students who will attend the fall session should not take Photography. Students who attend the spring session may take one semester of Photography at GFA for .5 credit and advance to the next level the following year by doing work over the summer. If Photography is to satisfy the arts requirement, students may complete the second half of the course during second semester of the following year. Summer Work: For students who attend an off campus program and enroll in GFA courses where the department head determines that summer work must be completed, the following applies. Students will be required to prepare for the second semester of the course (fall off campus), or the next course (spring off campus), by meeting with an approved tutor. No grade, either numeric or Pass/Fail is required for these sessions, but a written comment to
explain how the work was completed is required from the tutor. A placement/proficiency test for the next level course may also be required depending upon the course. Because a grade is not required, tutoring will not be reflected on the transcript or as part of the year grade. Transcripts will be designated with the off campus program during the appropriate semester. Tuition: families are given credit for the number of weeks the student is away from GFA. This is noted on the Nov. tuition bill. Yearlong programs: School Year Abroad in France, Spain, Italy, China or Vietnam for juniors or seniors Application due date: applications may be sent at any time after Thanksgiving; merit scholarship deadline is Feb. 1st; general deadline is February 15th Coursework: SYA students take English and Math courses in English and other courses unique to the country they are in. They take US History during their senior year at GFA, and often take an Independent Study in their language upon return if it can be arranged, but this is not guaranteed The Woodstock School in India for juniors is also a full year program (see above). General Information about Yearlong Programs College Guidance: Students who are away for their junior year should meet with the college office in sophomore year to assess college choices and course selections before leaving and reassess upon their return. Transcripts will be designated with the off campus program during the appropriate year. Tuition: Families pay the 10% enrollment deposit to hold the student's place for the following year. Additional Programs Additional programs are reviewed and approved on an individual basis. The school will consider the academic standing of the student, reputation of the program, and its fit within the GFA curriculum to determine approval. All off campus programs must be pre-approved by the Assistant Head for Academic Affairs before families consider applications.