“The goal is to provide students with experiences in which they engage with the world. Students are placed in positions of leadership, take measured risks, and build an authentic inner confidence from the sum of their accomplishments.” — Kristin McInaney, Experiential Programs Manager
Experiential learning promotes the pursuit of passions, interests, risk-taking, and innovation. Students learn about the subject matter and themselves by being involved in activities and taking ownership of their learning.
Our experiential programs are built on a foundation of trust, which has been a defining characteristic of The Bush School since the beginning. Faculty trust students to stay engaged and push themselves to achieve their greatest potential. This approach frequently results in learning that is rich and unexpected.
Field trips, international travel, and wilderness outings are the most visible examples of experiential education at Bush. However, hands-on, inquiry-based learning is just as prevalent in the classroom. Faculty design and execute intentional, instructive experiences with clear objectives, authentic assessment, and thoughtful reflection.