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Discovery

Learning and leading through experience.

Westminster's Discovery program—founded in 1980 and accredited by the Association of Experiential Education—provides Upper School students with experiences that will foster a sense of personal accomplishment and community leadership. The Discovery curriculum is built around four pillars: responsibility, compassion, self awareness, and environmental awareness.

A unique aspect of Discovery is that student leaders help planning each course and its facilitating activities. All students who have completed their ninth grade requirement for Discovery are eligible to apply to become a student leader. In addition to student leaders, faculty from several departments mentor students, attend meetings, and manage groups. The Discovery team works with faculty to incorporate experiential learning and leadership in the day-to-day curriculum for all divisions.

In their own words

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The skills I learned during Discovery are ones I can use at school and in life. It was an invaluable experience that I got to share with my classmates and that I look forward to sharing with freshmen as a student leader.

Student, Class of 2018

2017-18 Course Offerings

Fall Semester

Course 1, Photography
  • Meetings: August 21, 23-25, 28-31
  • Expedition: August 25-27

Course 2, Whitewater
  • Meetings: September 5-8, 11-14
  • Expedition: September 15-17
Course 3, Rock Climbing
  • Meetings: September 19-22, 25-28
  • Expedition: September 29-October 1
Course 4, Forest Ecology
  • Meetings: October 17-20, 23-26
  • Expedition: October 27-29
Course 5, Caving
  • Meetings: October 31-November 3, 6-9
  • Expedition: November 10-12

Winter & Spring Semester

Course 6, Caving
  • Meetings: January 30-February 2, 5-8
  • Expedition: February 9-11
Course 7, Food and Urban Adventure in Atlanta
  • Meetings: March 12 -14
    • During spring break, meets 9:00 a.m.-noon
  • Expedition: March 15-17
Course 8, Forest Ecology
  • Meetings: March 26-29, April 3-5
  • Expedition: April 6-8
Course 9, Rock Climbing
  • Meetings: April 17-20, 23-26
  • Expedition: April 27-29
Course 10, Photography
  • Meetings: May 1-4, 7-10
  • Expedition: May 11-13
Course 11, Wilderness First Aid
  • Meetings: May 29-31
    • Meets 9:00 a.m.-noon
  • Expedition: June 1-3

Course Lengths

Ninth grade students can elect from 13 different theme-based course offerings, all which are for-credit. Eight courses operate during the 2017-18 school year along with five courses that operate during spring break, after Memorial Day, and during Summer School.

Courses that run during the academic year consist of eight days on campus after school, and a three-day trip. Discovery courses that take place during spring break, after Memorial Day, and during Summer School will have course-specific activities and travel itineraries.

Rock Climbing

The Discovery rock climbing course focuses on team-building, communication, and trust. It ends with a two-day camping and climbing expedition.

Meet the Team

Emily Horne


David McMahan


Matthew Spaulding