Off-Campus Education

Off-Campus Education

For a detailed outline see also the Off-Campus Education Policy. All students at Banbury will have off-campus education opportunities. In the elementary grades, these endeavors will likely be done as a group or a whole class (although individual student projects are encouraged as well). These projects would address student interests, would have a direct connection with an organization in the community and would have the idea of helping, of giving back/paying forward or of solving a problem at the forefront of its creation. Examples might be:

  • class volunteerism
  • fundraising or raising items for a charity
  • working with an organization on a specific project/campaign
  • developing new ideas for an organization
  • appealing to organizations for help or for change, etc.

In the secondary grades, these endeavors are generally based on an individual’s interest and are carried out by that individual. At this level they are considered a personal interest project or an internship and involve a major time commitment (minimum 75 hours for high school credit) working with a community mentor to obtain valuable real world skills. While in the internship, students are to design and carry out a project that benefits the organization that they are working for. The internships are only limited by the imagination of the individual and of the local resources. Examples of internship projects might be:

  • assisting in an office and helping to design a new waiting room
  • volunteering at the SPCA and making a photograph album of successful adoptions
  • assisting mechanics in a garage and implementing new computer software
  • working for a radio station
  • doing carpentry work on a shed for teaching installation of solar panels

All projects should contain the following elements:

  • some research/investigation
  • some application with curriculum outcomes
  • on-going documentation of learning
  • a cumulative exhibition of learning