Chadwick International Outdoor Education will be a K-12 progression. Age appropriate experiences and challenges will be incorporated at each grade level. Student experiences will build on previous learning and instructors will help students recognize the ways in which new learning applies to their lives at school and at home.
Students will learn how to deal with challenges and will be encouraged to learn how to step outside of their comfort zones. They will develop an understanding of how they respond to challenges and the importance of impelling oneself into challenges. The K-12 progression will acknowledge the need for students to be both pushed outside of their comfort zones but will also help students utilize those experiences for growth and development. Courses will be a balance of challenges and experiences that are within a students’ comfort zone. Students learn that they are capable of more than they originally thought possible, further developing their self-confidence and self-awareness. CIOE develops leadership qualities within each student. The program emphasizes different types of leadership and appropriate use of those types of leadership. It acknowledges that leadership can be both silent and vocal and helps students understand when it is most appropriate to stand at the forefront and when the situation requires them to lead from a more supportive role.
Throughout this progression students will develop communication skills. These skills will be practiced and honed while students develop problem solving skills, decision-making skills, teaching and presentation skills, leadership skills, conflict resolution skills, the ability to give and receive feedback and how to live and work within a group. Through natural consequences students will learn that all of their actions have a natural reaction, and therefore each choice they make has an impact on them as an individual, on the group as a whole, and on the natural environment.
Through an open learning environment, students will be encouraged to develop their passion for learning and to be self-directed learners.
Essential to all experiential education is reflection. Reflection time will be imbedded into every CIOE course. This includes an age appropriate monitored solitude on every course. Students may utilize this time to reflect on their experiences, their learning, or their lives. In students’ busy lives, they are rarely afforded the opportunity to disconnect from the external world to really focus on themselves and their immediate surroundings. Monitored solitude creates reflection time for all students.
CIOE will provide a variety of outdoor activities and challenges all within a carefully developed progression of skills. Students will learn outdoor living skills that will help them develop self-reliance and comfort in an outdoor wilderness setting.
In the courses students will learn how to act ethically and responsibly in an outdoor environment. They will learn ‘Leave-No-Trace’ ethics and how those ethics apply to the bigger picture of conservation and sustainability.
Small group challenges will help students foster and develop relationships. Students get to see other students and faculty in a different light. These shared experiences help students develop new relationships and strengthen previous relationships with both peers and adults.
CIOE has carefully developed programs with an emphasis on risk management. All courses are intended to find a balance between actual and perceived risk. Instructors are highly qualified outdoor professionals and are trained in a variety of risk management skills.
Service and Action
Service and Action at Chadwick International encourages students to get involved with their communities through volunteer activities, combines community service with pre-planned, thoughtful reflection activities, and extends student learning beyond the classroom into the community. It is an educational experience in which students work with others, apply what they are learning in class to community problems, and reflect upon their experiences as they seek to gain a deeper understanding of skills and concepts in the community. The program seeks to foster a lifelong, active commitment to service in our students.The program offers weekly, monthly, and annual service opportunities. Students are notified on a regular basis of on-campus and off-campus service opportunities. Although there is no requirement for service at Chadwick, it is an expected and integral part of the Chadwick experience. Students will be supported and encouraged in finding projects that interest them or participating in service activities that will allow them to build their experiences and learning from year to year. The program is expected to be a K-12 progression in the long term. It will expand and diversify in order to engage students in a range of commitments and areas of interest. There will be service opportunities in a variety of settings, ranging from local to international communities.
Korean Scholastic Credentials Recognition
Korean Scholastic Credentials Recognition (KSCR) program provides Upper School students with the opportunity to take Korean Language within the school day and Korean Social Studies courses in an after-school program. Students with Korean nationality earn qualification for completing the regular course of Korean high school allowing them to apply for Korean universities.