Course of Study
Integrating rigorous academics, cultural exchange and outdoor adventure.
Rigorous academic coursework is essential to building the skills needed to lead change. Courses are made more relevant and powerful by connecting to student experiences and places we explore. Living internationally broadens perspectives, and deep personal growth can be found through challenge in the outdoors. This whole-person approach to education, combined with the benefits of living in a small community, leads to tremendous outcomes.
You will take all of your traditional academic classes while at Alzar School: math, science, English, history, Spanish, leadership, and PE. But the classrooms, educational approach, and experiences are unlike those in a traditional school setting with hundreds of students between the hours of 7am-3pm.
During our Chilean expedition, you will immerse yourself in the Spanish language and Chilean culture. Whether you are sharing stories with a Chilean student during a hike in Patagonia National Park, making traditional Chilean food, or studying in a rustic cabana, there is no shortage of opportunities to explore and grow in one of the most beautiful and highly-coveted adventure destinations in the world.
Experiential outdoor education
Your classrooms will be the peaks of Patagonia, river canyons of Idaho, ski slopes of the west, and turquoise blue waters of southern Chile. The multi-week expeditions provide opportunities to try out leadership concepts studied in class, find that you are stronger than you imagined through physical challenge, and learn how to motivate a group of peers toward a common goal. Stunning backdrops and inspiring vistas abound.
You will develop as leaders through the integration of academics with outdoor adventure and cultural exchange. Students find personal growth from the challenge of the outdoors, cultural experiences in Chile, and the close relationships they form with their faculty. You will work through an academic study of leadership, and then turn ideas into action in the community, on the trail, and when you return to your home community with your Culminating Leadership Projects.