At The Bush School, students learn through engaging in direct, active experiences that result in real responsibility for outcomes.
Experiential learning promotes the pursuit of passions, interests, risk-taking, and innovation. Students learn the subject matter and learn about themselves by being involved in activities and taking ownership of their learning process. Trust has been a defining characteristic of The Bush School's approach since its founding — faculty trust students to stay engaged and push themselves to achieve their greatest potential. This level of trust and autonomy 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 for students with clear objectives, meaningful activities, and authentic reflection. Faculty carefully ensure that lessons incorporate social/emotional and intra/interpersonal goals.