In response to the critical need for meaningful face-to-face education and a healthy social life in the time of COVID-19, Kroka is excited to be offering a residential program during the school year for students ages 12-15.
- Fall Semester: September 14 – November 20
- Spring Semester: January 18 – June 4
NOTE: The fall semester is now FULL with a limited wait list. Spring semester enrollment will open October 1st. Please be in touch with questions!
Semesters will be broken up into month-long sessions, with each session being divided into two-week blocks. Students will live at Kroka for the duration of each two-week period and then return home for the weekend between blocks. Each block will include:
- Integrated experiential academic study
- Community living and leadership development
- Practical skills including: farming, crafting & community service
- Daily physical activity through adventure sports
- A five day-long wilderness expedition
Academics & Curriculum
Each session follows a theme of study. This theme is explored through a daily main lesson, reading, journaling, art, exploration in nature, and a culminating wilderness expedition incorporating adventure sports with the academic theme of the session. Themes for the fall will include:
- Geology of New England
- River Ecology
- Water Quality
- Forest Ecology
- Sustainable Agriculture
- Colonization of New England
- Social Justice Issues over time
- Reading of place-based fiction
- Nature writing & creative writing (including: poetry, short stories & songs)
Arts & Crafts:
- Traditional crafts of the First Nation’s people of New England
- Drawing & nature illustration
- White water paddling
- Rock climbing
- Mountain biking
Documentation and credits:
Students attending the entire semester will be eligible for school credit. We will work with your student’s school at the beginning of the semester to make sure that Kroka’s integrated curriculum will translate to their school requirements. At the end of semester student will receive a narrative evaluation and an official transcript. In addition each student will prepare a portfolio and journal to document their learning. We have a lot of experience doing this for our high school semester students.
We will not spend as much time in the classroom as students are used to in more traditional school settings. Much of our learning is hands on through observation, development of the senses, and physical experience. We believe that students with developed personal and spacial awareness, athleticism, practical and community living skills, confidence, and a love of learning are well prepared for the lessons and experiences that lay ahead of them in life.
Registration and Tuition
You may choose to register for one of the following options:
- Register for fall semester (currently full – inquire about wait list)
- Register for spring semester (enrollment opens Oct. 1)
In addition, you may also choose to register for weekend layovers between blocks and sessions which have a flat charge of $100 per-weekend.
As with all our programs, tuition is set at a sliding scale based on your family’s annual household income (financial aid is available):
Spring Semester (120 days)