Experiential Learning

At Marianapolis, we believe that learning by doing is an essential tool in preparing students for life in college and beyond. There are two programs to support this: the Experiential Learning Program and LEAP Week. 

The Experiential Learning Program (EL) is an exciting chance for students to create lifelong friendships while experiencing truly unique learning opportunities. In tandem with the goals of the Marianapolis mission statement, this program is designed to reflect a richness of a broad spectrum of interests. The program offers multiple day trips around New England during the school year, primarily on Sundays. While the events are required for students in English Language courses, freshmen, sophomores, international students, and student leaders, all Marianapolis students are welcome to sign up for any activity.

LEAP Week (Live. Experience. Advance. Prepare.) is a one-week mini-term course requirement in March during which groups of students and faculty explore a specific topic, project, or adventure. Course offerings typically focus on specialized skills, the arts, community service, scientific field studies, cultural immersion experiences, or outdoor challenges. Curricula are designed around the existing interests of school community members and may also involve off-campus instructors with relevant expertise.

LEAP Week prioritizes learning in the concrete and physical world of action as a complement to learning in the vicarious and conceptual world of most classrooms. Students are encouraged to step beyond customary learning situations and begin a lifelong process of challenging the self to exceed comfortable boundaries.

The program takes students out of the classroom and into broader areas of hands-on exploration, in the company of teachers who model the excitement and joy of lifelong learning. This side-by-side experience stimulates deeper teacher/student relationships that are subsequently transferred back into daily campus life. Since each group focuses on a single goal or endeavor, LEAP Week also imparts lessons about group membership and the advantages and responsibilities of interdependence.