Experiential Education

Drew's learning culture is one of exploration. Hands-on learning is vital in the process of amplifying your voice and at Drew, learning happens any time you have a chance to attempt something new.

Drew students develop the confidence to explore the world through hands-on learning experiences that involve active problem solving and creative, critical thinking.

Experiential learning allows both students and teachers to tap into one’s own creativity, as well as a more in-depth quest for knowledge and skill. Experiential opportunities allow you to challenge your ideas about identity, social justice, and your place in the world around you.

Direct experience allows the development of skills and values and strengthens structures for you to become a lifelong learner and a productive member of your communities. Through these experiences, you will push your boundaries and experience physical, emotional, and intellectual growth.
    • Kim McCabe

      Director of Experiential Learning

DEALL Week

DEALL (Drew Education for Active Lifelong Learning) Week is an immersive event where students and faculty stretch their limits, deepen their learning, and strengthen our community. Academic courses pause for the week, giving the community the opportunity to expand the meaning of classroom into the local and global community and experience how their learning in school shapes their journey in the wider world. These hands-on experiences are educational, broadening, and core to Drew’s mission. DEALL activities range from far-reaching trips to local Bay Area adventures and community service to academic pursuits right from campus.

Read some examples of  programs below to see what some Drew Students did during DEALL 2022!

Experiential Electives

Experiential Electives expand your process of exploration and intellectual discovery. As regularly scheduled explorations within Drew’s academic schedule, you will select two Experiential Electives per year to delve more deeply into your individual interests and try new activities. The options change throughout the year and are taught by Drew faculty who share and deepen their own passions with you.

Senior Project

A capstone to each student's time at Drew, Senior Project challenges you to craft an independent project that enables you to explore an academic, creative, or professional interest that will facilitate your passage into a world beyond high school.

During the final three weeks of your senior year, you will engage with a self-developed essential question while interning or volunteering with an expert in your field of interest as you create a product that has a community-based purpose. To culminate the process you will present your product and experience to the Drew community. As a requirement for graduation, projects are reviewed by a panel of faculty and peers.

Summer Travel Programs

You have the opportunity to expand your learning as a global citizen through international travel programs around the globe.

Each program revolves around a service learning initiative and dedicated in-depth studies of sciences, languages, and culture. These experiences will help you draw connections between current and historical events, and explore the diversity of the human condition.

These opportunities are open to all Drew students and recently graduated seniors.

Experience What High School Should Be

Drew knows and believes in teenagers. We engage each student in a process of intellectual discovery to develop an individual voice, the confidence to express it, and the empathy to understand its impact.
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