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Semester Away Programs

Semester away programs begin recruiting CRLS students beginning December – February each year. Students interested in learning more about semester away programs should register, on Naviance, to attend the program’s visit to the Career and College Center. Additional information may be obtained through each program’s website as listed below. There are tuition fees for attending semester away programs which are not covered by the school department. Financial aid is available; you must inquire about financial aid through the individual program. The following are semester away programs that recruit CRLS students:

The Alzar School is based in Cascade, Idaho and offers semester long experiences for motivated sophomores and juniors. You will tackle all of your traditional classes while developing your personal leadership style through outdoor adventure and cultural exchange. You will be given the opportunity to develop your skills in kayaking, and backpacking to the next level while building confidence and independence alongside students from around the world. In addition, your adventurous semester is punctuated by a five week expedition to Chile where you will immerse yourself in local culture, develop a global perspective, and explore some of the world's most spectacular mountains and rivers. Please peruse our website and apply for an incredible semester today.

Coastal Studies for Girls (CSG) is the country's first and only science and leadership semester school for 10th grade girls. Each term 20 girls learn self-aware leadership skills and conduct marine science research in an immersive Fall or Spring experience on the coast of southern Maine. Students earn a full semester of academic credit while keeping pace with sending school programs.

CSG's small class size provides mentoring relationships with faculty and residential life staff. Our interdisciplinary, placed-based curriculum uses coastal resources to create experiential learning through field research, visits to marine laboratories, leadership adventure trips, a guest lecture program, and community service.

CSG's rigorous academic and supportive residential curriculum creates future leaders and scientific thinkers who will go out and make a difference in their homes, schools and communities.

The Island School (for freshman and sophomores)
The Island School is a mind, body, and spirit journey that takes students away from traditional high school curriculum and invites them to confront authentic challenges. Classes are designed to allow first-hand engagement with the people and environment of The Bahamas. English, math, environmental art, history, and marine ecology are offered, and each course focuses on the application of knowledge to real-world problems. SCUBA diving, island exploration, and two short kayaking expeditions complement daily morning exercise, science research projects, and campus work that encourage each student to develop leadership and teamwork skills. Dive in and experience The Island School! Please visit their website for more information.

The Mountain School (for sophomores)
Challenging academics, outdoor adventure and the opportunity to live and work on an organic farm for one semester of your junior year. All academic credits transfer back to your home school and the friends you keep for the rest of your life. Please visit their website for more information.

City Term (for sophomores and juniors)
City Term is one semester of high school in NY City where students live and learn together with students from all over the country. At City Term high school juniors and seniors use the city as their primary text to explore literature, history and the urban environment. Students will also be enrolled in math, language and science while at City Term. The interdisciplinary and experiential learning at CITY term allows students to explore NY City and the world around them in entirely new ways while earning credits that will easily transfer back to CRLS. Please visit their website for more information.

School of Ethics and Global Leadership (for juniors)
Located in DC The School for Ethics and Global Leadership (SEGL) is a selective, semester-long residential program for motivated high school JUNIORS from across the United States. We select students who have shown outstanding character, promise for leadership, and scholastic ability; our students also reflect the racial, socioeconomic, and geographic diversity of the United States. Please visit their website for more information.

Gap Year
A post-high school opportunity for self-exploration and personal growth, leading to clearer direction and motivation for college studies and for your life. May include travel, cultural immersion, directed study, service or conservation projects, internship opportunities, and more. View a List >>