Ninth Grade InterMission courses prepare students to cross boundaries and to engage in a meaningful, collaborative, service-learning project with a local organization. Research and investigation of interdisciplinary topics prepare students for action. Through partnerships with local agencies, this InterMission experience fosters awareness, broadens students’ perspectives, and deepens their understanding of the immediate issues involved in each local project as well as the more global implications.
Tenth Grade InterMission courses allow students to trek into the outdoors in a team-based, adventure-travel program in the Berkshire Mountains. The program exposes students to experiences in the natural world that will encourage competence and confidence in the outdoors, respect and understanding for the environment, and an appreciation of one’s role in it. Ecology and conservation, survival skills, leadership and followership, trust, team building, collaboration, observation, and problem-solving are elements of each adventure. Relevant cross-disciplinary topics are prepared for in workshops, then experienced and investigated on-site in Beckett, Mass. Confidence and creativity are encouraged as students discover and push their own limits while helping each other to achieve unified goals as a team.