Experiential Learning & Project Week

Experiential Learning takes our educational philosophy beyond the classroom setting

What does backpacking through the White Mountains, volunteering at the New Hampshire Veterans Home, or photographing the essence of Prague have to do with school? At New Hampton, these experiences are just as important as time in the classroom. We believe that creating meaningful environments in which authentic learning can occur is essential. 
A student at New Hampton School is exposed to countless opportunities for Experiential Learning, progressing through an arc of adventure based learning opportunities. Whether during Project Week, Service Learning, or in academic courses, students apply their learning and conceptual understand to real world problems and situations. 

Key Programs

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  • Project Week

    All New Hampton School students and faculty participate in Project Week. The purpose of Project Week is to provide time for an extended and rigorous investigation of an essential question through outstanding educational opportunities that are not possible in the standard classroom setting. For an entire week in March, students and faculty work together to build and track a high altitude balloon, record original tracks in a professional recording studio, explore the whaling industry and its aftermath on Nantucket, and many other opportunities. Project offerings are different each year because students and faculty propose authentic and original project ideas based on their passions and interests. Have a passion you want to pursue? You can explore it during Project Week!

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  • Service Learning

    New Hampton School truly values service learning. We dedicate time for the entire school to complete a service project together throughout the school year.  Additionally, each co-curricular group and athletic team initiates and completes service projects every season. Many academic classes also integrate service learning into their daily activities and curriculum. While the actual service is valuable, we place equal focus on the learning outcomes of the service projects and how students can apply their learning in their academic classes.

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  • Curriculum Integration

    We believe in creating authentic learning environments where students can tackle real world issues. The Director of Experiential Learning works in collaboration with classroom teachers of all disciplines to facilitate experiential learning opportunities in each course taught at New Hampton School. Experiential Learning is not just a program; it permeates throughout the curriculum and culture here in Husky Nation.


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    Jonathan Schwab 

    Director of Strategic Initiatives, History Faculty

Off-Campus Projects 2018-2019

Conscious Living | San Francisco, California

Rebuilding Key Largo | Key Largo, Florida

Telling Tales - The Art and Style of Storytelling | Kyoto, Japan

Design and Engineering | London, England

Winter Ecology - Yellowstone National Park | Wyoming

Gateway to Africa | Morocco

Did you know?

Project Week occurs during the first week in March each year.

Beginning in 1970, New Hampton initiated a Project Period held in March during which students pursued a particular area of study in depth. 

Project Period was a significant program at New Hampton School until the mid 1980s, and was re-introduced in 2012. 

Every student and faculty member is engaged in Service Learning

New Hampton students raised over $4,000 for Philippines Typhoon Relief in under 20 minutes

Students and faculty participate in more than forty different projects every year
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