That’s why our Outdoor Program
will take you on week-long backcountry trips in the Eastern Sierra and Channel Islands and why every student will find themselves taking up the reins and caring for a horse as part of our Horse Program
. These programs ask students to do something really valuable: face real risks with the possibility of real failure. It’s how confidence is built, genuine fulfillment is attained, and students expand their understanding of themselves and their own abilities.
It’s in pursuit of these same transformative learning experiences that we encourage students to head out for meaningful Community Service
projects in the community, as well as faculty-led immersion learning in places like China, Senegal, and Bolivia as part of our Global Studies Program
Our own 427-acre campus, with its winding trails and expansive mountain views, also provides a powerful place to learn and explore. Fieldwork at local watershed sites brings subjects like biology and chemistry to life, while Environmental Sustainability
initiatives on campus—from large-scale composting to a solar array field—provide environmental science students with subjects for hands-on study. Looking toward the community, our ethics and statistics classes recently joined forces to study homelessness
in our region and a Spanish class curated an exhibit of immigration stories
. The common thread: the recognition that learning is deeper and more enduring when students follow their genuine curiosity and engage with real problems.
In this way, we provide learning spaces—wherever they may be—that facilitate the kind of growth and reflection needed to produce curious, compassionate, and resilient young people who are prepared to make a positive impact on today’s world.