EXPLO Admission Considerations + Community Standards

Admission Considerations + Community Standards For decades, EXPLO has been able to make our programs feel like the perfect place to discover our best selves. Our mission statement encourages us “to respect the differences that make us individuals and to find the common ground that makes us a community.”

If you have any questions, please contact our Admission Office.

summer@explo.org

781.762.7400

ADMISSION CONSIDERATIONS Many different types of students have had successful summers at EXPLO. It is important for parents/guardians to understand, however, that EXPLO might not be a good match for some students.

Making Sure EXPLO is The Right Match Students at EXPLO need sufficient energy, concentration, and stamina to get through a full, busy, and structured schedule. We expect a lot from our students in terms of their ability to handle the choices and responsibilities they are given with an appropriate level of maturity. If parents/guardians have any questions as to whether a particular EXPLO program is the right place for their child, we ask that they please contact our Admission Office before submitting an application (781.762.7400). Supporting our Policies + Procedures EXPLO not only forms a relationship with the student who attends the program, but also with their parents/guardians. For the program to work in a positive and safe way for our students, parents/guardians must be able to support our policies and procedures. EXPLO reserves the right to dismiss a currently enrolled student if the student’s parents/guardians are not cooperative and/or compliant with EXPLO policies and procedures. In addition, EXPLO reserves the right in subsequent summers to deny enrollment for similar reasons. Program Attendance Before you enroll a student, please make sure the student will be able to attend the entire session. EXPLO has an overall curricular plan that includes courses, electives, activities, speakers, trips, and student life meetings and activities. Since each program session is three weeks or shorter, it is not appropriate for a student to miss several days, or part of each day of the program, whether at the beginning, middle, or end of each session. If family vacations or other obligations mean a student will miss several days or more, the student will not be allowed to register. See our refund policy for more information. On Bullying Bullying has become big news at all schools in recent years, but EXPLO has been responding vigorously to bullying for decades. We have dismissed students who did not live up to our ideals of respect and care. More importantly, we have always worked hard to create the kind of communities where bullying would make no sense — whether on floors, in classrooms, on playing fields, or on the campus at large. Bullying has no place on an EXPLO campus. Non-Discrimination EXPLO and Exploration Summer Programs are operated by Exploration School, a not-for- profit 501(c)(3) educational organization. EXPLO, as a part of the Exploration School, does not discriminate on the basis of physical handicap, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, scholarships, or other social programs. It affords all students the rights and privileges that are generally made available at the School.

CONT. ADMISSION CONSIDERATIONS Many different types of students have had successful summers at EXPLO. It is important for parents/guardians to understand, however, that EXPLO might not be a good match for some students.

Making Sure EXPLO is The Right Match Students at EXPLO need sufficient energy, concentration, and stamina to get through a full, busy, and structured schedule. We expect a lot from our students in terms of their ability to handle the choices and responsibilities they are given with an appropriate level of maturity. If parents or guardians have any questions as to whether a particular EXPLO program is the right place for their child, we ask that they please contact our Admission Office before submitting an application. Supporting our Policies + Procedures EXPLO not only forms a relationship with the student who attends the program, but also with his or her parents or guardians. For the program to work in a positive and safe way for our students, parents/guardians must be able to support our policies and procedures. EXPLO reserves the right to dismiss a currently enrolled student if the student’s parents/guardians are not cooperative and/or compliant with EXPLO policies and procedures. In addition, EXPLO reserves the right in subsequent summers to deny enrollment for similar reasons. Program Attendance Before you enroll a student, please make sure the student will be able to attend the entire session. EXPLO has an overall curricular plan that includes courses, workshops, activities, speakers, and trips, as well as residential and student life. Since each program session is three weeks or shorter, it is not appropriate for a student to miss several days, or part of each day of the program, whether at the beginning, middle, or end of each session. If family vacations or other obligations mean a student will miss several days or more, the student will not be allowed to register. Depending on timing and whether the student can be replaced, we may not be able to grant a refund. See our refund policy for more information. On Bullying Bullying has become big news at all schools in recent years, but EXPLO has been responding vigorously to bullying for decades. We have dismissed students who did not live up to our ideals of respect and care. More importantly, we have always worked hard to create the kind of communities where bullying would make no sense — whether on floors, in classrooms, on playing fields, or on the campus at large. Bullying has no place on an EXPLO campus. Non-Discrimination EXPLO and Exploration Summer Programs are operated by Exploration School, a not-for- profit 501(c)(3) educational organization. EXPLO, as a part of the Exploration School, does not discriminate on the basis of physical handicap, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, scholarships, or other social programs. It affords all students the rights and privileges that are generally made available at the School. Age Guidelines EXPLO summer programs are designed with specific age groups i mind. The appropriate campus for a s dent is determined by the grade that stu e t is entering in the U.S. sch ol system in September of the following academic y ar. Typically, studen s att nding EXPLO fall i to the followi g grade and age bre kdo ns: - EXPLO Chicago students are entering grades 10-12, and are between 15 and 17 years old - - EXPLO New York students are entering grades 8 -10 , and are between 13 and 1 5 years old EXPLO Boston students are entering grades 2-7 and are between 7 and 12 years old English Immersion students are entering grades 4-8 and are between 9 and 13 years old On rare occasions age exceptions may be made for a particular program i a c se is compelling, bu we do ge erally follow these guidelines. If you feel that an exception should be considere for your child, we encourage you to contact us prio to ubmitting n application. Non-Discrimination EXPLO and Exploration Summer Programs are operated by Exploration Learning, a not- for-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization. Exploration Learning does not discriminate on the basis of physical handicap, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions, scholarships, or other social programs. It affords all students the rights and privileges that are g nerally m de availab e at th organization. Immunization Requirements Please note that all enrolled students must be fully immunized against disease according to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state requirements. For more information about required immunizations, lease contact our Admission Office. -

INTERNATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS Our global community of curious and creative individuals come from 40 U.S. states and 70 countries. Students meet the world at EXPLO.

English Fluency International students applying for the three-week option must be able to speak and understand English at an intermediate or higher level. Students applying to a one- or two-week concentration must be able to speak and understand English fluently. To ensure that students will be able to participate in all aspects of EXPLO — from academics to residential life to extracurricular activities — international students who do not attend a school with an English-language based curriculum will need to schedule an interview with EXPLO so that we may assess English speaking abilities. For intermediate-level English speakers, our three-week options offer English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) instruction. For students at the beginning of their study of English — Early English Language Learners — we offer English Immersion, an English-l anguage intensive program on the campus of EXPLO Boston for students ages 9-13. Payments and VISA Information All payments, including deposits, tuition, and cash advances must be made in U.S. funds. In order to attend EXPLO, international students may need to acquire a B-2 VISA for a short visit. (The B-2 VISA is normally obtained at the United States Embassy in each individual country.) All participants are required to have coverage from a U.S. based accident and health insurance provider. International participants and others without this coverage are required to purchase health insurance that covers them while they are in the United States. EXPLO has identified affordable $0 deductible plans to make it easy on families should medical services need to be used. “ I would tell them that it was one of the best experience, of my life. I had so much fun, I made new friends from all over the world, I improved my English, and most importantly I did and learned things that I used to think I would have never been able to do. I was pushed beyond my own limits and now I feel like a new person .

Livia G. Student, EXPLO Chicago

● Use, possession, or distribution of drugs, alcohol, cigarettes or tobacco (including tobacco, marijuana or hashish pipes or papers, vaping devices, e-cigarettes, and alcohol containers) or misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medication ● Use, possession, or distribution of weapons, violence or threat of violence, hazing and harassment, misuse of computers and electronic communications, and bullying ● Use, possession, or distribution of stolen property as well as vandalism, damage, or the willful destruction of property ● Violating policies regarding the physical boundaries of the program, including staying inside prescribed areas in Chicago/New York, staying within the dormitories after evening check-in, and staying inside the boundaries established on trips ● Violating the policy governing single-gender spaces Rules for Student Conduct In order to maintain a safe environment for everyone, EXPLO has expectations and rules for student conduct. These are more fully expressed in the EXPLO Essentials guide, which is available to enrolled students in the spring. The following list is not meant to be exhaustive, but instead gives some examples of our standards and expectations. A student who violates a Major Rule, or whose conduct, in the sole discretion of Exploration Summer Programs, warrants them leaving the program, will be subject to immediate dismissal, with no refund of tuition or traveling expenses. Remaining in the presence of an open violation of a Major Rule may constitute a Major Rule violation; that is, if you are in the presence of another student who is breaking a Major Rule, it is as if you are breaking the rule yourself. Some examples of conduct that are in violation of the Major Rules include: A Safe, Supportive Atmosphere EXPLO prides itself on creating an atmosphere that nurtures the diverse interests, needs, and backgrounds of our student and staff populations. Students attending EXPLO have a unique opportunity to investigate a variety of new skills, talents, and interests within an environment structured for personal choice and growth. As with many personal freedoms, the liberty granted to students at EXPLO carries with it limits and responsibilities. We expect students to uphold our community standards and to refrain from any behavior that jeopardizes the well-being of themselves or others at the program. COMMUNITY STANDARDS: CHICAGO + NEW YORK Year after year, students and their parents/guardians describe the environment of EXPLO Chicago and New York as accepting, nurturing, safe, and fun.

● Use of any flame indoors including matches, candles, or incense

● Failure to conduct oneself with honesty and integrity, and failure to respect the well-being and rights of others

COMMUNITY STANDARDS: CHICAGO + NEW YORK CONT.

Our Rules + Standards Guide In addition to the above, there are other rules and guidelines governing student conduct at the program. Enrolled students receive a Rules + Standards guide in the early winter and are responsible for reading it, knowing its contents, and following all program rules and guidelines described therein. Students are also responsible for following the rules and guidelines set by our staff during the course of the program. Any questions or concerns about our community standards or rules should be brought to the Head of Programs . Supporting our Policies + Procedures EXPLO not only forms a relationship with the student who attends the program, but also with their parents/guardians. For the program to work in a positive and safe way for our students, parents/guardians must be able to support our policies and procedures. EXPLO reserves the right to dismiss a currently enrolled student if the student's parents/guardians are not cooperative and/or compliant with EXPLO policies and procedures. In addition, EXPLO reserves the right in subsequent summers to deny enrollment for similar reasons.

This has been a wonderful opportunity for [my son] to experience living away from home. He has learned about other people’s lives and, most importantly, he has been able to work on cooperating and compromising with others.

Karen B. Parent, EXPLO New York

COMMUNITY STANDARDS: BOSTON Year after year, students and theirparents/guardiansdescribe the environment ofEXPLO Boston as accepting, nurturing, safe, and fun.

The Standards of EXPLO Students tell us year after year that EXPLO is an environment where they feel safe, supported, and comfortable. A place where they feel they can truly be themselves. A place where they can stretch and be stretched, and not worry about what others think. It really is an incredible environment, and creating this kind of atmosphere doesn’t happen by accident. If EXPLO is going to deliver on its mission for students to challenge themselves and discover the world of people and ideas, then we need to set up a community that helps students do these things. We start with community standards that are saturated in common sense and the golden rule: Don’t lie, steal, cheat, or hit others. Do treat others as you know you would like to be treated: with respect, courtesy, care, thoughtfulness, and so on. Respect for Students EXPLO knows its students well. We know how old they are, and we understand the developmental stage in which their minds, bodies and emotions currently reside. We do not treat our students as if they are younger than they are — that would be disrespectful. But neither do we treat them as if they are older than they are — that would be dangerous and anxiety-provoking for both students and their families. Our Rules + Standards Guide We believe in communicating our expectations directly, clearly, and respectfully. We have a Rules + Standards g uide that lays out the behavior we expect. Within the first days that a student arrives, Advisors go over the rules and standards, and encourage students to ask questions to make sure they know what we mean. Also, students in each smaller community, such as advisor groups, residential floors and classrooms, all participate in setting standards for behavior for their particular group. How will they take turns using the showers? Is it okay to just call out an answer, or should we raise our hands? More than one way can work, but students get to discuss how they would like to do it within their group. Creating the Ideal Community At EXPLO, we believe we have hit the best balance between responsibility and freedom, because we know they work hand in hand. The art and craft of having a successful living and learning environment is balancing the two with thoughtfulness and care, fully aware of who your students are, and the kind of community you want to create.

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