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.
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.
- Meetings: August 21, 23-25, 28-31
- Expedition: August 25-27
- Meetings: September 5-8, 11-14
- Expedition: September 15-17
- Meetings: September 19-22, 25-28
- Expedition: September 29-October 1
- Meetings: October 17-20, 23-26
- Expedition: October 27-29
- Meetings: October 31-November 3, 6-9
- Expedition: November 10-12
- Meetings: January 30-February 2, 5-8
- Expedition: February 9-11
- Meetings: March 12 -14
- During spring break, meets 9:00 a.m.-noon
- Expedition: March 15-17
- Meetings: March 26-29, April 3-5
- Expedition: April 6-8
- Meetings: April 17-20, 23-26
- Expedition: April 27-29
- Meetings: May 1-4, 7-10
- Expedition: May 11-13
- Meetings: May 29-31
- Meets 9:00 a.m.-noon
- Expedition: June 1-3
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.