Mountain Campus Campaign
The Academic Building
The Importance of the Mountain Campus Program
The Mountain Campus program is best described as a "semester abroad" focused on environmental studies, similar to the programs at the Mountain School at Milton Academy, or the Island School in the Bahamas. Roughly 40 to 50 students will immerse themselves in a semester of intellectual, physical and leadership challenges far more experiential and interdisciplinary than is possible in a more traditional setting. The core disciplines will be environmental science, humanities, and outdoor leadership, but the interdisciplinary nature of the learning opportunity will allow students to integrate art, music, economics, and mathematics and other disciplines into the learning and exploratory processes.
In a nutshell, the program's essence is the human relationship to our environment. At the end of each semester, we expect students to have developed an in-depth understanding of that human relationship with the environment, a deep appreciation for the meaning and power of "community," and a clear vision of their own potential to effect positive change in this world, all while exploring the extraordinary beauty and complexity of the natural world. The land and surrounding community will supply all of the necessary learning materials for ecology, geology, history, economics, art, and much more. We further expect students to bring this broader vision and passion back to the main campus once they return from their time on the mountain.
For more information on semester programs that have served as a model for our thinking and planning, please visit the following websites:
Mountain Campus Trustee Committee
Sharmy Altshuler '82
Fundraising Steering Committee
Burr and Burton Academy Administration
Mark H. Tashjian, Headmaster
Ben Freeman, Mountain Campus Executive Director
Cynthia H. Gubb, Director of Advancement
Mountain Campus Faculty
Ben Freeman, DIrector