Off-Campus Study Opportunities

Students at Coliseum

Get out of town!

We know that learning about the world can never replace experiencing it. That is why we encourage off-campus study opportunities, including opportunities to travel the world with SAS faculty members.Trips are open to day and boarding students, both domestic and international. The tours are led by faculty members who know the countries, the cultures and the language.

Some SAS students have chosen to pursue more extended international study. In recent years, SAS students have attended schools and programs in Costa Rica, England, Germany, Thailand, and France, and with The Traveling School.

Our trip to Yellowstone was simply incredible. The field research we did was authentic, the service project was meaningful, and our time together and in the wild learning was impactful. Our students were an eager, adventurous, kind, curious, fun, and totally engaged group.

Kelley Black, Academic Dean

8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.

April 2022

During the first week of April 2022, our 8th grade students and teachers will partner with Education First (EF) for a 3-day immersive, experiential learning program in Washington, D.C. EF’s programs strive to challenge assumptions, spark connections, and inspire curiosity while broadening students’ perspectives and knowledge of the world around them. Immersing ourselves in the culture, history, and energy of Washington, D.C. provides our students with a hands-on experience that will shape their understanding of our nation for years to come. Capitalizing on the topics studied in their middle school Humanities classes, this experience will synthesize students’ understanding of how history has shaped our democracy. With visits to sites such as the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Museums, and Arlington National Cemetery, students will witness the American political system in action and see history come to life. This capstone experiential trip will allow SAS 8th graders to deepen their sense of community, enhancing their connection to one another and to the broader world. 

More Enrichment Opportunities

The following list is updated regularly by the SAS College Counseling Office to reflect opportunities beyond SAS-led off-campus and summer programs.

Summer Writing Workshop at Denison University: Each June, 48 talented high school students (current sophomores and juniors) attend the acclaimed Reynolds Young Writers Workshop, an eight-day residential program that incorporates small creative writing workshops, group sessions with Denison creative writing faculty and notable visiting writers, and much more. Students experience intimate writing workshops and one-on-one interactions with award-winning authors whose work has appeared in publications like The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and SB Nation; who have published books; who care deeply about storytelling; and who love to teach. Financial assistance is available to families who need it. 

National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine. This program is designed to introduce high achieving students to a future career in the growing fields of health and medicine.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) promotes critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the eight NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

The Tennessee Governor’s Schools are academically-demanding summer programs in a variety of fields on Tennessee university campuses for rising 11th and 12th grade students currently enrolled in Tennessee’s public and private high schools. Students must be nominated by their school.