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Rising Grades 4-7 | Wheaton College | Norton, MAEXPLO 360º

Session 1: June 26 – July 15
Session 2: July 17 – August 5

EXPLO 360° is a multi-course experience that gives students a taste of a variety of subjects with an emphasis on collaboration and hands-on work. Students choose three courses and three electives — and they have their pick from more than 50 options.

Student Life  Tuition + Admission Details

Why 360º?

At EXPLO, we encourage our students to choose novel activities that pique their curiosity. In doing so, they discover new skills, talents, and interests that they don’t always get to explore in school or at home. We aim to build their confidence and a lifelong love of learning just by trying new things, making mistakes, and learning to ask questions that not only explain, but also inspire. 

Our students live and learn alongside their peers:

Grades 4+5 (Pioneers)
Grades 6+7 (Voyagers)

3-Week Residential

Tuition: $6,790
Rising Grades: 4-7

  • Choice of three courses
  • Choice of three electives
  • Extra-curricular and social  activities 
  • Use of academic and recreational facilities
  • Daily evening events 
  • Weekend workshops and day trips to nearby educational or recreational sites (additional fees may apply depending on chosen activity — 10+ activities to choose from each weekend)
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner)
  • Housing 
  • Course equipment, supplies, and lab fees included
  • EXPLO-exclusive Health Center open 24/7
  • Laundry Services
Courses + Electives Watch an Info Meeting Recording

3-Week Day

Tuition: $3,250
Rising Grades: 4-7

  • Choice of three courses 
  • Choice of three electives
  • Extra-curricular and social activities 
  • Use of academic and recreational facilities
  • Meals (lunch and snack, with breakfast available for Day Students arriving early)
  • Course equipment, supplies, and lab fees included
  • EXPLO-exclusive Health Center open 24/7
  • Day students have the option to join evening programming as often as they want. (The evening program fee is $40 per evening and includes dinner)
  • Give the residential experience a try with the option for one overnight sleepover. (The overnight fee is $50)
  • Join residential students on one organized trip. (Fees vary depending on the activity)
Courses + Electives Watch an Info Meeting Recording

Daily ScheduleThree weeks at EXPLO, a lifetime of memories

  • 8:00 AM — Breakfast 
  • 9:15 AM — Morning Greeting
  • 9:20 AM — Electives
  • 10:45 AM — Activities
Students attend one elective period in the morning. Our electives are designed for students to take charge of their learning, fan the flames of their curiosity, and ignite a passion for a range of subjects as they explore their strengths and interests. Students take three courses and three electives over the course of the session. 
  • 11:45 AM — Lunch + Quad Time
  • 12:50 PM — Courses
  • 3:10 PM — Community Meeting
  • 4:00 PM — Floor Time

Hands-on courses immerse students in topics that interest them. From Hovercraft Physics and Medieval Battle Contraptions to Treehouse Architecture and Commercial Illustration — there is so much to explore! Community Meeting brings the whole EXPLO Junior program together to share a joke of the day, student performances, the EXPLO favorite Minute to Win It competition, and so much more.

  • 5:00 PM – Dinner + Quad Time
  • 6:15 PM — Evening Assembly
  • 6:30 PM — Evening Activity
  • 7:30 PM — Evening Event
  • 8:30 PM — Snack
  • 9:00 PM — Floor Check-In

Lights out:

  • 9:30 PM — 4th + 5th graders
  • 10:00 PM — 6th graders
  • 10:15 PM — 7th graders

Before winding down for the day, our students can grab a spot for movie night, catch a magic show, laugh out loud at the stylings of an improv comedy troupe, or take to the stage themselves — the possibilities are endless. Events EXPLO has hosted in summers past include Carnival Night, EXPLO’s Got Talent, Pool Parties, Camp-Out Movie, Game Show Night, and more!

  • 8:00 AM — Breakfast
  • 9:00 AM — Weekend Programming
  • 5:00 PM — Dinner
  • 6:15 PM — Evening Assembly
  • 6:30 PM — Evening Activity
  • 7:30 PM — Evening Event or Advisor Group Activities
  • 8:30 PM — Snack
  • 9:00 PM — Floor Check-In

 Lights out:

  • 9:30 PM — 4th + 5th graders
  • 10:00 PM — 6th graders
  • 10:15 PM — 7th graders

Program Logistics

Below, we address some common questions and concerns from our families. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 781.762.7400 or emailing us at junior@explo.org.

Financial Aid

At EXPLO, we strive to make our summer programs accessible for as many curious and motivated young people as we can.

As a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization, EXPLO is committed to expanding accessibility to serve families from around the world, regardless of their education, income, or occupation. 

We understand that our immersive summer enrichment programs are an investment that not all families have the ability to afford. EXPLO’s financial aid program provides grant and scholarship support to families who demonstrate need, thanks in part to supportive partner programs and generous donations to the EXPLO Scholarship Fund. 

EXPLO offers two types of need-based financial aid:

  • Grants subsidize a small portion of the tuition for families that make a deposit to reserve a space at EXPLO and also demonstrate financial need.
  • Scholarships are for students who require a significant financial award to attend EXPLO.

Residential Students

While many families choose to drive their students to campus, we know that one of the big concerns for families traveling so far from home is transportation. Our staff — easily identifiable in their bright orange EXPLO t-shirts — will meet you at the airport, escort you to campus, and help you settle in. On Arrival Day, staff members remain at the airport until we know that the last student has been picked up.

When it’s time to return home at the end of the session, we’ll take you back to the airport — and stay there until we’re sure everyone is safe and in the air.

Day Students

EXPLO offers bus transportation as a convenient way for Day Students to commute to and from EXPLO each day. For information about the neighborhoods we service, please contact us by calling 781.762.7400 or emailing us at junior@explo.org.

International Students

There are dozens of reasons why students from around the world attend American summer programs each summer. Some are preparing to attend an English language-based boarding school or international school. Others are interested in one day attending an American college or university or broadening their future educational and career opportunities. But not all programs are created equal, which begs the question: what should you be looking for when researching academic summer programs for international students?

Three weeks is a sweet spot for most campers to maximize their experience abroad. EXPLO programs run in two- and three-week sessions, and we can accommodate students for up to six weeks.

English is the working language of EXPLO. To enroll in the program, you must be able to speak and understand English at an intermediate–fluent level. To ensure that everyone is able to participate in all aspects of the program, international students who do not attend a school with an English language-based curriculum may need to interview with EXPLO so that we may assess their English speaking abilities. Once you’ve submitted an application and deposit, we’ll contact you and your family about scheduling an interview, should we determine that one is necessary.

For intermediate-level speakers entering Grades 4-7, EXPLO offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). The goal of this specialized course is to improve students’ oral English and comprehension skills through hands-on projects, role-plays, activities, and intensive writing and speaking exercises. Students in Grades 4-7 enrolled as intermediate English speakers will take a mix of ESOL courses and electives as well as a choice of options from our course catalog.

An additional fee of $800 applies for all students enrolled in ESOL.

 

Campus Information

With science labs in a LEED-certified building, beautiful art studios, rooftop greenhouses, and an on-campus weather station, we’re proud to hold our EXPLO Junior program at Wheaton College. Its location in the center of Norton, Massachusetts is perfectly situated 38 miles from Boston and 25 miles from Providence, Rhode Island. Connected by a small, picturesque pedestrian bridge, campus life at EXPLO revolves around the two sides of Peacock Pond. One side of the pond features our residence halls and dining hall; the other, our air-conditioned classrooms, recreational quad, and athletic spaces. It’s the perfect place to stage innovative learning environments exclusively for our students.

Health and Safety

Our students’ physical and emotional health is a top priority. On the Wheaton College campus, we have a health center staffed 24/7 with experienced nurses who are there exclusively for EXPLO students. All prescription and over-the-counter medications are distributed through the health center because state law — and common sense — dictates that students should not self-medicate or keep medications in their rooms.

Attending an academic enrichment program helps students prepare for the greater independence of middle school and high school. That being said, EXPLO does not believe that our students should be supervised as if they are already completely independent; we work hard to ensure each of our student age-groups is receiving a developmentally-appropriate and safe level of supervision and guidance throughout their days. In order to create the atmosphere that allows learning to be both fun and meaningful, we know that our students (and their loved ones back home) need to feel that our campus is safe — and that our staff is observant and trained to respond to our students’ needs.

Faculty

We believe you can’t supervise students well if you don’t supervise the staff well — which is exactly why we have an intensive staff training program. In addition, we support staff members via an extensive supervisory structure to give them professional development feedback and hold them accountable. We’re regularly told by former staff members that the professional development and supervision they received at EXPLO was the best of their professional lives. While it may be time-consuming and expensive to hire and train this level of staffing — and while none of this completely guarantees the safety of all students — it puts all of us in the best position to keep our students safe and confident that they can let their minds and hearts soar and explore.

We deliberately keep our staff-to-student ratios low. On our Wheaton campus, it’s 1:4. This allows us to properly supervise residence halls, trips, and activities. We do this to make sure our students are individually known — and more importantly, that they feel known.