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GRADES 4–7 | Wheaton College | Norton, MA Student Life

EXPLO is more than a summer program — it’s a community of friends and mentors that lasts a lifetime.

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Student LifeLiving at Wheaton

Surrounded by their newfound family of staff, students, and friends, days at EXPLO are filled with new ideas, interests, and opinions — expanding young explorers’ understanding of the world and encouraging them to enjoy the many new experiences it has to offer. Read on to learn more about schedules, routines, and interactions that organize our summer at EXPLO.

Residential Students

EXPLO students are part of an Advisor Group of approximately 14 students. Each group is led by two Advisors who live on the same floor as the students, check on them throughout the day, and keep them informed of what’s going on around campus. Since Advisor Groups meet together many times each day, including at breakfast and dinner, they’ll come to consider this group their campus family. They’ll care for them as if they were their own.

Typically, there are two or three students to a room at EXPLO. But with COVID-19 protection at the forefront, we’ve decided to house each student in a single room this summer. We’re also dispersing and reducing the number of students and educators on campus by lowering enrollment, limiting coming and going from campus, and utilizing our ample outdoor spaces.

If families have additional needs, concerns, or preferences regarding housing, they should contact Head of Programs David Torcoletti before June 1.

Our staff’s main priority has always been one thing, and one thing only: our students. Staff members, faculty, and administrators are there to help instruct and guide students through their summer experience. Our job is to (gently) nudge them beyond their comfort zone, making sure they get to experience everything an EXPLO summer has to offer — all while feeling as safe and secure as possible. And since we’re as excited to be at EXPLO as they are, we’ll make sure every experience is as fun and fulfilling as can be.

At EXPLO, we understand that living away from home for the first time can be a scary thing. Our staff works hard with each student to make sure they feel safe, secure, and most of all, at home. For more information, please visit our Safety and Security page.

International Students Far From Home, But Never Alone

International Students

Far from home, but never alone

EXPLO is a diverse community with students from over 40 states and 70 countries. Our international students make up a critical part of our learning community and living groups. We also recognize that many of our students are very far from home, and they may have questions unique to attending a summer program in the United States. Head over to our International Students page for more information about traveling to campus, language requirements, and more.

International Students
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Campus InformationWheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts

A classic New England campus — with a modern twist

 
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 Junior Explorer 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.
 
Campus highlights:
  • State-of-the-art science labs, art studios, a woodshop, and two theaters (one full stage, one black box)
  • An indoor pool, playing fields, and a robust athletic center
  • A greenhouse, an observatory with nine telescopes, and, all around us, woods, nature trails, and vernal pools
Our People

Faculty + Staff

Our People

Our faculty love to teach — but more than that, they love to learn

 
At EXPLO, exceptional teaching is at the heart of what we do. This is why our faculty bring that passion — along with months of rigorous planning and training — to EXPLO. Time and again, the EXPLO faculty and staff have been described as setting the “gold standard” for summer programs. Our talented faculty are required to complete a robust teacher development program at the start of every summer. Our results are so exceptional that schools across the world, nonprofits, and even leading corporations have asked us to develop curriculum and to train their professionals to be more engaging and creative teachers. In addition, we intentionally hire a staff of an adjacent generation to work with our students.

Faculty + StaffMeet Our Head of Programs

David Torcoletti has worked at EXPLO for more than 15 years. He works for EXPLO year-round and moves to campus each summer with his family so that he can personally oversee the operations of the program. He’s involved in the hiring of each staff member, curriculum planning, and the development of all program policies and procedures. Prior to working at EXPLO, David was the Dean of Students at Milton Academy, and a School Dean, House Head, and teacher at Northfield Mount Hermon School. He’s often called on to do consulting work with private day and boarding schools regarding student life issues. David is a summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University and earned his M.F.A. at Bard College as a Milton Avery Scholar.

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