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Explo - Exploration Summer Programs

Courses, Activities, Athletics, Trips, Friendships


Yale University New Haven, CT,
Wellesley College Wellesley, MA,
Wheaton College Norton, MA






Explo at Yale
Session 1: June 25-July 15, 2017
Session 2: July 16-August 5, 2017

Explo at Wellesley
Session 1: June 25-July 15, 2017
Session 2: July 16-August 5, 2017

Explo at Wheaton
Session 1: June 25-July 15, 2017
Session 2: July 16-August 5, 2017



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Explo: on the campuses of Yale University, Wellesley College, and Wheaton College: courses, activities, athletics, trips, and friendships that open your eyes to things new and different.

Explo is three different programs, each suited to the unique developmental needs of the students that the program serves:

Explo at Yale
on the campus of Yale University
for students entering grades 10-12

Explo at Wellesley
on the campus of Wellesley College
for students entering grades 8+9

Explo at Wheaton
on the campus of Wheaton College
for students entering grades 4+5, 6+7

You'll find Explo to be the perfect place for you to gain independence, explore new interests, and tackle ideas and subjects beyond the bounds of most typical school environments. While you are here, you'll engage in innovative courses and activities as you learn about things that YOU want to learn about.

Students from more than 40 states and 40 countries come to Explo each summer because they are interested in learning. At Explo, our courses are ungraded and pressure-free, so you are encouraged to try academic fields and extracurricular activities that are new and interesting to you. This is the place to try marine biology for the first time, or to solve a crime using forensic science, or to learn to play ultimate frisbee, or to perform a Broadway routine in front of an audience. You will feel comfortable trying new things and expanding your horizons, because everyone here is trying new things and expanding their horizons.

You'll be led by a faculty comprised of current and recent college students from some of the country's top colleges and universities. Supported by a network of full-time, professional educators, our faculty members are your instructors in the classroom, your advisors in the dorm, and your coaches in extracurricular activities. You will see them everywhere and be inspired by their energy and enthusiasm. At Explo, we see every moment in the day as a teaching moment, and our faculty is there to provide you with a solid foundation of support and encouragement.

Your day at Explo is designed to let you make the most of your time. You'll take two academic courses, choosing from over 80 different subjects such as Sustainable Fashion Design, Mechanical Engineering, Emergency Medicine, Creative Writing, Comic Book Art, Forensic Science, Culinary Arts, Sports Medicine + Orthopedics, and Model United Nations. Outside of your classes, you have even more choices about how to spend your day, as Explo sponsors a variety of different athletics, activities, and special events from which you can pick and choose.

On weekends, you have the opportunity to choose from a number of trips throughout the Northeast. See the Blue Man Group. Go to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Canoe on the Charles River. Visit the Science Museum. Ride a rollercoaster at Six Flags New England. Hike Mount Monadnock. And more!

While there is no typical student that attends Explo, there is one common strand that holds the Explo community together: a love of learning. As a self-selected group, our student body has chosen to spend their summer at Explo because they want to learn. This student enthusiasm, coupled with the Explo's fun and exciting programming, creates the perfect environment for you to have a fantastic summer of exploration.

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"My daughter came home with a whole different attitude about the world and about herself. There is a fire in her now where before there was just a spark."

Lydia Randolph, Senior Program Parent "Explo was absolutely awesome! The experience here was amazing and the faculty was one of a kind. I've never had a better summer."

"I made so many new friends and met people from all over the world. It was an amazing experience, something I will never forget."

Regina Koyman, Intermediate Program Student

"Explo was an invaluable experience for our daughter. It was one of the smartest decisions we ever made."

Kaylee McHugh, Junior Program Parent

"I can be who I want to be here. Everybody is doing that being themselves and expressing their own ideas. I love Explo for that.

"I enjoyed coming to Explo because it can make everything fun. The activities are things you usually can't do at home, the staff members are caring and enthusiastic, and the courses are fun and educational at the same time."

Geena Chen, Junior Program Student