Alzar School brings students to the intersection of engaging academics, cultural exchange and outdoor adventure.
Alzar School is a semester school for highly motivated high school sophomores and juniors. Challenging and engaging academic coursework is essential to building the skills needed to lead change. Our courses are made more relevant and powerful by connecting to student experiences and the 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.
Throughout your entire semester, you will gain tangible leadership skills and discover how you can use this knowledge to take action to improve your communities.
A Community of Learners
Engaging academic curriculum is intentionally crafted to connect to student experiences on the trail and abroad in Chile. Small class sizes and strong relationships with faculty who live, study, and travel alongside the students result in a community of learners dedicated to leadership education. You will take five core classes: math, science, English, history, and Spanish, and two electives: Capstone Leadership Course and Outdoor Adventure Activity (PE). But the classrooms, educational approach, and experiences are unlike those in a traditional school setting.LEARN MORE
Patagonia, Chile Awaits.
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 “refugio” (comfortable housing at our Base Patagonia), there is no shortage of opportunities to explore and grow in one of the most beautiful and highly-coveted adventure destinations in the world.LEARN MORE
Experiential Outdoor Education
Find Fun, Beauty and Challenge.
Your classrooms will be the peaks of Patagonia, river canyons of Idaho, evergreen forests, and turquoise blue waters of southern Chile. The multi-week expeditions provide opportunities to motivate peers towards a common goal, connect academics with the places in which you travel, and find that you are stronger than you imagined through physical challenge. Stunning backdrops and inspiring vistas abound.LEARN MORE
Learn to Lead Your Life.
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.
Adventures Define Your Days.
Laughter, challenge, and adventure define your days at Alzar School. A supportive, intentional group of staff and peers work together to shape the highlights of the semester (expeditions in Patagonia, learning to kayak and backpack, etc), and the day to day. We are ready to help you get started on this adventure.
This is High School.
Each semester ~40 highly motivated sophomores and juniors join Alzar School from across the country and world for a semester unlike any other. Imagine having a harkness discussion on the use of magical realism by Gabriel García Márquez with the Patagonian Andes as a backdrop. This is high school.