Experience equals growth.
Immerse yourself in your world.
Sure, learning happens in the classroom, but it also happens through meaningful experiences outside of the traditional academic setting.
At Gould, these experiences:
- Build class unity through shared experiences that are larger than any one participant;
- Provide opportunity for self-insight and growing self-confidence;
- Foster faculty and student understanding of each other outside of the classroom, dorm, and playing field.
This is where Gould excels.
Ninth Grade Point
Traveling abroad as a class not only builds unity but a true global perspective for each individual. Students don’t scratch the surface of a culture; they immerse themselves through home-stays, by visiting other schools, and through purposeful reflection on what they are experiencing a world away from what they’ve always known.
Sometimes you do not need to travel far to gain a new perspective. Sophomores remain on campus and engage with the local community through volunteer work, and through creative workshops with Maine artists and craftspeople who come to campus. Cultivating your identity within your local community can often be life changing.
It is often the most anticipated of the “Points.” Eight days of winter camping in the neighboring White Mountains typically takes most out of their comfort zones. As an integral part of a small team, each student learns what he or she is made of while navigating the snowy hills of western Maine. Most enter the experience with some trepidation, but leave with a sense of accomplishment and the feeling that they can tackle anything.
Following the natural process of independence embodied in the final year of high school, each student creates his or her own Senior Point experience. While each independent project is different, there is a common thread running across them all – students pursuing or discovering their passion.