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Grades 8-10 | Sarah Lawrence College | Bronxville, NYProgram Details

At EXPLO, student programming extends far beyond the classroom — and every moment is an opportunity to explore something new and make lasting friendships.

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Student LifeWhat Does a Day at EXPLO Look Like?

From the moment students’ feet hit the floor in the morning to the moment their heads hit the pillow at night, there’s always something happening at EXPLO. We intentionally balance a healthy dose of independence with regularly scheduled check-ins and staff supervision throughout the day. Our daily schedule is designed to let students try novel things, develop their strengths, and glean new skills — together. The best part? Students get to choose how to spend their day — from what courses and electives they take, which clubs and leagues they join, which trips they attend on the weekends, all the way to how they spend their Flex Time.

Daily ScheduleThree Weeks at EXPLO, A Lifetime of Memories

  • 7:45 AM — Residential Morning Huddle
  • 8:15 AM — Breakfast
  • 9:30 AM — Courses
Students attend one course period in the morning, with a 10-15 minute break about halfway through the period.
  • 11:45 AM — Lunch
  • 1:00 PM — Afternoon Activities
  • 2:30 PM — Afternoon Electives or Explosé
  • 4:00 PM — Afternoon Huddle
  • 4:45 PM – Flex/Free Time
  • 5:15 PM — Dinner
  • 6:30 PM — Evening Events
  • 8:00 PM — Winding Down Time
  • 9:30 PM — Hall Check-In
  • 10:15 PM — Room Curfew
  • 8:15 AM — Morning Huddle
  • 8:30 AM — Breakfast
  • 9:45 AM — Morning Activity A
  • 11:15 AM — Morning Activity B
  • 12:45 PM — Lunch
  • 1:45 PM — House Challenges
  • 4:15 PM — Check-In + Flex Time
  • 5:15 PM — Dinner
  • 6:45 PM — Evening Activity
  • 8:00 PM — Winding Down Time
  • 9:30 PM — Hall Check-In
  • 10:15 PM — Room Curfew

GRADES 8-10A 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

Endless Learning Moments

Our courses and 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. 

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Clubs, Leagues, + ActivitiesIt’s Your Turn to Take the Lead

For students, by students. That’s the best way to describe the Clubs, Leagues, + Activities (CLA) period at EXPLO. Propose your own club, league, or activity — or choose from a variety of options. Students can try something new every day, or make a weeklong commitment. The best part is participating with friends and making new ones while you hone your own strengths and interests. Our CLA options include (but are definitely not limited to):

  • Clubs — Pride, Jam Band, Journalism, Improv
  • Leagues — Basketball, Wall Ball, Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee
  • Activities — Songwriting, Free Swim, Nature Walk, Making Art for Social Change

EventsWhen the Sun Goes Down, We Turn Up the Fun

Before winding down for the day, our explorers can grab a spot on the Lawn for movie night, catch an outdoor 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, EXPLOStock Music Festival, Themed Dances, Game Show Night, and more!

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TripsThe World is Much More Interesting When We Explore It Together

It’s impossible to fully explore the world of people and ideas if we’re on campus all the time. Weekend trips are a chance to experience different cultural, culinary, and recreational adventures in NYC and beyond. Not everyone has to go on the same trip — there are more than 15 options to choose from each weekend. Explorers sign up for trips once they’re at the program and can take four trips each session, so there’s a chance for learners to do something they know love to do and to try something new! Past trips have included Times Square, Broadway Shows like Wicked, The Museum of Modern Art, an MLB game at Yankee Stadium, The Bronx Zoo, and more. 

*Our ability to run weekend trips may be impacted by COVID-19 safety protocols. A decision will be made closer to the summer and shared with families prior to the session.

Health + SafetyNobody Takes Care of Kids Like EXPLO

Below, we address some common questions and concerns from our families. 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 New York 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 Safety page for more information.

EXPLO’s setup at Sarah Lawrence 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 also are within close proximity to several top-notch New York hospitals.

Attending an academic enrichment program helps students prepare for the greater independence of high school and college. 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 an 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 Sarah Lawrence 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 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 Sarah Lawrence campus, it’s 1:6. 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...

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This was by far one of the best decisions I made for my son, for him to explore his independence, decision-making skills, and still have fun.

Nancy H., Parent