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Grades 4–7 | Wheaton College | Norton, MA Program Details

At EXPLO, students learn to dig deeper, dream bigger, and explore openly. Wherever their journey leads, EXPLO is the place to start.

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DAILY SCHEDULE What Does a Day at EXPLO Look Like?

Each day at EXPLO is designed to let young learners try different things, develop their strengths, and build new skills. On any given day, students could be defending their castle under siege, designing their own clothing line, and investigating a crime scene — all before lunch. And since explorers structure their own day, they get to choose the courses and electives they’ll take and the activities, evening events, and trips they’ll participate in.

  • 8:00 AM — Breakfast
  • 9:15 AM — Morning Greeting
  • 9:20 AM — Electives
  • 10:45 AM — Activities
  • 11:45 AM — Lunch + Quad Time
  • 12:50 PM — Courses
  • 3:10 PM — Community Meeting
  • 4:00 PM — Floor Time
  • 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 — Check-In On Floors

 Lights out:

  • 9:30 PM — 4th + 5th graders
  • 10 PM — 6th graders
  • 10:15 PM — 7th graders
  • 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
  • 8:00 PM — Winding Down Time
  • 8:30 PM — Snack
  • 9:00 PM — Check-In On Floors

 Lights out:

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

A Day in the Life

Countless moments of discovery, endless possibilities 

From sunup to sundown, there’s never a dull moment at EXPLO. The best part? Every single moment here is a learning moment.

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ACADEMICS

ACADEMICSCourses + Electives

Three weeks. Three courses. Three electives. Endless possibilities.

Our wide variety of courses and electives gives students at EXPLO the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and try something new — from Treehouse Architecture to Computer Programming, Model U.N. to Music Mixing, and more. No matter which they spring for, each one is filled to the brim with hands-on projects and endless engagement.

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ACTIVITIES We Take Fun Very Seriously!

At EXPLO, activities take learning out of the classroom and into the playing field, the studios, the theater, the Quad — you get the picture. While courses and electives give students a chance to have an in-depth experience in a specific subject, activity periods are designed to allow students to explore an even wider variety of interests, try something new, and have plenty of fun while they’re at it! Our newsletter, the Atlas, lists all of our activity offerings each day, and students get to choose whichever activity captures their imagination that day. Some available activities include:

  • Athletics — soccer, tennis, synchronized swimming, nature walks
  • Artistic activities — painting, photography, marionette making, pottery
  • EXPLO originals — Caterpillar Riot, Quest, Squirrel Fishing

Students participate in one or two activity periods per day and choose from a variety of activities each period.

Student Life

EVENTSTop-Class Experiences Every Night

Our Programming Office — officially known as the “Office of Magic” — curates Evening Events every night specific to interests of 4th+5th and 6th+7th graders. Highlights from past summers have included: 

  • Stargazing at Wheaton College’s Astronomical Observatory
  • Laser tag at the local arcade
  • The Student Talent Show
  • “Drive-In” movie night
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Weekends at EXPLOWeekend Programming

There’s even more to explore!

We can’t explore the world of people and ideas from a classroom alone. EXPLO trips provide incredible opportunities for students to engage in academic and recreational adventures, meet new friends outside of their courses and electives, and explore new interests. This summer, that means staying on campus for plenty of fun, laughs, and memories.
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Every Saturday, EXPLO students will get the chance to sign up for special courses that ask them to step into a role, learn new skills, and reflect on the process. Courses like “Stop-Motion Filmmaker for a Day” will explore the basics of stop motion filmmaking, provide opportunities for students to work in small groups to workshop their ideas, and get feedback from instructors that are with them every step of the way.

Other courses could include:

  • “EMT for a Day”
  • “Fashion Designer for a Day”
  • “Triathlete for a Day”

Sundays will include a 3-hour Weekend Workshop featuring athletics, arts, science and engineering, and skill-building. Workshops may include:

  • Yoga
  • Creative Challenges
  • Chess

After Workshops, Sunday afternoons will have extended activity periods promoting student choice. These periods will be followed by downtime that gives students a chance to bond with their advisor groups, engage in conversations about identity and community, and at the end of a busy weekend, relax and unwind.

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Health + Safety We’re Expert at Caring for Kids

Below, we address some common questions families have about how we support students on campus. If you have any additional questions about health and safety at EXPLO, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 781.762.7400 or emailing us at summer@explo.org.

Keeping students, staff, and the greater community safe is our top priority at EXPLO. We’re working closely with our medical advisors/practices, our longtime health staff, and our host institutions. We’re regularly monitoring information coming from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Health, and local regulations. We expect all students, families, and staff to take the EXPLO Health Pledge that acknowledges that individual choice and action will need to be subordinate to the common good of keeping the entire community safe. Visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for more details.

EXPLO at Wheaton offers unmatched campus resources for our explorers. Our Administrators, including the Program Head, live on campus for the duration of the program. This allows for many daily check-ins with faculty and staff, who also have extensive crisis and emergency training. In case of emergency, we not only have a 24/7 Health Center staffed with Registered Nurses, but we are also located within 15 minutes of several top-notch Massachusetts hospitals.

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.

Bullying has no place on an EXPLO campus. We have dismissed students who did not live up to our ideals of respect and care; more importantly, we’ve always worked hard to create the kind of communities where bullying would make no sense — whether in classrooms or on playing fields.

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.

Our students’ physical and emotional health is a top priority. On the Wheaton campus, we have a health center staffed 24/7 with experienced, registered 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.

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.

TestimonialsWhat Families Are Saying

Don't just take our word for it...

Friends

EXPLO is the best-managed, highest quality summer program we have encountered (and our son has attended several). EXPLO sets the bar, and no other program has been able to meet it yet.

Lynda F., Parent

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We deeply appreciate the incredible depth and richness of the curriculum. The incredible diversity of choices offered to the children throughout the day is impressive!

Sagita D., Parent

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My child made a point of telling me that every staff member was great. I was able to read between the lines of his stories and it was obvious to me that every effort was made from the minute he got off the plane to make him feel at home.

Beth A., Parent

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