Intrepid Academy at Hale
Launched in 2018, Intrepid Academy at Hale (IAH) collaborates with Boston Public Schools to develop powerful semester-long opportunities for students. A semester at IAH emphasizes wellness through relationships, nature-based leadership, and community-based challenges blended with academic courses to transform individuals and communities. Staff and school leaders, faculty members, and students complete visioning, planning, and implementation through an in-depth series of collaborative meetings to establish objectives that meet schools’ goals and align with the program’s experiential project- and place-based model.
Through careful design and implementation, a semester at IAH develops knowledge, understanding, and skills. Participants:
- exude a sense of confidence and belonging in the outdoors, and appreciate the awe of connecting with nature.
- understand how to lead groups through outdoor experiences and have transferable skills for their careers, which may include nature-based occupations.
- can build and lead intentional and just communities with knowledge gained through supportive and challenging physical, academic, and community-building experiences.
- know what it means to be mentally and physically well, and can articulate how moving one’s body in a natural environment enhances wellness.
- have firsthand experience in building relationships with themselves, their communities, and nature.
IAH nurtures body and mind, inspires passion and curiosity, and teaches skills that translate to success in academia and life. Students explore their own identities and goals and build community using an Afrikanized and Indigenized framework to explore their own past, present, and future.
The IAH Experience
Students travel to Hale daily on a bus from their sending school. Transportation, as well as breakfast, snacks, and a hearty lunch, are included in the program.
The humanities come alive at Hale as students explore the relationship between people, current events, history, culture, and the environment.
Technology isn't rejected at Hale, but it doesn't take center stage, either. Students use laptops, devices, and other inventions to enhance their understanding of the world.
Physical and mental challenges are carefully integrated throughout the curriculum. These challenges complement lessons students learn in the classroom.
Our experiential curriculum is challenging, personalized, and interdisciplinary. Lessons, units, and activities are designed to promote student engagement and increase higher order thinking and social skills. Students examine and build relationships with themselves, with their peers and teachers, and with nature in order to holistically develop as leaders. The curriculum meets all state standards for math, science, and humanities.
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