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Grades 8-10  | Sarah Lawrence College | Bronxville, NYA Summer of Exploration, A Lifetime of Friendship

At EXPLO, students develop the courage to embrace their individuality and celebrate their differences — together.

Session 1: June 27 – July 16, 2021
Session 2:  July 18 – August 6, 2021

PROGRAM OVERVIEWExplorers Do More Together

High schoolers have an innate drive to try new things; but for them, the true reward is when they can experience them with others. EXPLO is where students entering grades 8–10 can come and explore without the pressure of trying to fit in or the fear that their interests — those ideas and subjects that move them and motivate them to explore — will be perceived as “uncool.” Here, students pursue their strengths, discover new interests, and make friends who expand their horizons and embrace what makes them individuals.

Courses + activities for every explorer

From fast-paced outdoor activities and athletics to courses that challenge students to innovate and create, our explorers are exposed to a wide range of subjects and opportunities to enjoy together. What’s more, our rising 8th-10th graders get a head start on career exploration — in medical science, business and entrepreneurship, and more.

Courses + Electives

Safety at the forefront

EXPLO has always been the leader in student care. Our staff-to-student ratio is 1:6, and our on-campus Health Center is staffed with nurses 24/7. This summer, our comprehensive COVID-19 safety protocols, including contact tracing, social distancing, and masks as necessary, will ensure the health and safety of our community.

Student Safety

Diverse and vibrant community of smart and curious teens

With an inclusive community of smart and interesting students and staff from across the U.S. and around the globe, EXPLO opens up a wider world for teens to embrace their individuality, celebrate differences between them, and discover new strengths and interests while spending a fun summer together.

Student Life

Developing lifelong explorers

We design transformational learning experiences that allow our students to develop the skills and habits of explorers —so that they can thrive both now and in the future.


Explorers Shape the Future

Modern explorers share qualities that propel them ahead of the pack and drive them to shape the future — and they develop these characteristics right here at EXPLO. Here, intellectually curious teens develop the characteristics that prepare them to thrive in a dynamic and evolving world. Our programs empower them to take charge of their learning and become the most authentic version of themselves — prepared and motivated to apply their unique skills and strengths to positively impact the world we live in. Here, they develop the defining qualities of a true explorer — well-prepared to thrive in a dynamic future of their own making.


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Characteristics of an Explorer


Students at this age are often constrained by a set of standards that someone else has defined as popular or cool. At EXPLO, students are encouraged and empowered to just be themselves, and to explore what they believe to be interesting and meaningful — not because everyone else is doing it, but because it lights them up. Because we embrace each others’ differences, students develop the confidence to share their perspectives and engage in lively debate. And because taking these risks is cheered on, they find the courage to be the most authentic version of themselves — on campus and beyond.


What is exploration? At EXPLO, we believe exploration means trial and error. Being a true explorer means failing — sometimes over and over again — and having the perseverance, optimism, and resilience to dust yourself off and try again. Our projects are intentionally designed to leave room for mistakes; over time, explorers start to look forward to “failure.” They learn to see mistakes as an opportunity to improve, ask better questions, or do it differently. Plus, when you're surrounded by open-minded people, they spend their energy learning from failure — rather than worrying about what others think.

Think Big + Take Action

We believe in student-directed learning. We don’t just encourage students to dream and think big — we hand them the tools they need to put their plans to action. We lay the foundation for them to set their own goals, and they decide the course they want to take. And when it comes time to put their plans into action, they aren’t restricted by someone else’s rules — they get to be bold, be different, be themselves — that’s the spirit of thinking big and acting boldly. From the vision to the proposal, plan, and execution, explorers work together to make their efforts more productive, rewarding, and fun.

Conviction + Humility

Explorers are encouraged to be unabashedly true to themselves, all the while opening up their world and respecting one another — because a true explorer knows that having the humility to learn from and lean on other people makes their journey all the more meaningful. At EXPLO, our community welcomes explorers who arrive with different ideas, perspectives, and backgrounds, opening up opportunities for discussions that contribute to deeper learning.

Once an Explorer, Always an Explorer

EXPLO alumni are lifelong learners, and they’ve got stories to prove it. Check out some of our notable alumni…

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Program Dates2021 Session Dates


Session 1:
June 27 – July 16, 2021

Session 2: 
July 18 – August 6, 2021

Curious about what a day at EXPLO looks like? From the moment students' feet hit the floor to the moment their head hits the pillow, it’s full of opportunities to try new things and explore!

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TestimonialsWhat Families Are Saying

Don’t just take our word for it…


I gained new confidence at EXPLO and found that people like me so much better when I’m just myself. I like myself better, too. I carried this new self-assurance to school and made all new friends. I couldn’t be happier.

Izzie H., Student

All together

I really love everything the program has to offer. Between meeting new people from around the world, to having responsibilities and learning to be independent and confident, EXPLO is a great place to go while growing up.

Sergio O., Parent


EXPLO really helps you try new things. Before I came, I was pretty much doing music all day, every day because that’s just what I was used to. Here, I chose a forensic science class because it was different. Now I see that you don’t always have to play it safe. It’s ok to step off the path you’re on to find a new one.

Joel G., Student

Focus Bioengineering

EXPLO set the tone for us to embrace our differences and learn to love each other because of them.

María P., Alumna