Intensive Study Week (ISW)

Students enjoy a week of exploration outside of regular classes during Intensive Study Week (ISW) in February. Groups of students and faculty embark on a variety of fascinating projects and trips that challenge the mind and certainly rejuvenate the spirit.

Lower School

In the Lower School, each student participates in a school-wide themed ISW. Recently, themes have included Sustainability, Making a Difference, China, Global Mosaic, and Paul Salopek’s Out of Eden Walk.

Middle School

Last year middle schoolers enjoyed:

  • Adventures in the City of Brotherly Love
  • Architecture 101: Amazing Buildings
  • Around the Asian Continent in Four Days
  • Civil War Battlefields
  • Connecting with the Lower School
  • Engineering Extravaganza
  • Film Making Frenzy
  • The DC Experience

Upper School

Last year upper schoolers enjoyed:

  • Adirondack Chairs
  • Around the World in Four Days
  • Bohemian Paradise
  • Concert Choir Trip to Nashville
  • Digging Deeper into Hunger and
  • Poverty in DC
  • Eat, Cook, and Be Merry
  • Engineering and the Wide World of Science
  • Funny Films, Fun-tastic Food
  • Habitat for Humanity, Rocky Mount, N.C.
  • Helping in the Lower School
  • Helping in the Middle School
  • Lending a Hand in DC
  • Maret Goes to Wall Street

  • Moviemaking 101
  • On the Town: Grab A Seat!
  • Shades of Brown: An Experience in Black Herstory
  • Sketching Your Vision
  • Solutions to Violence
  • Summit!
  • The Power of Printmaking
  • Upper School Band Rocks NYC
  • Woodley
  • A Wider Circle
  • Black Hills Regional Park
  • Camp Arrowhead, DE
  • Londontown, MD
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • Walters Art Gallery
  • Mixed Grades
  • GALA Hispanic Theatre: Plat ero y Yo
  • Old Port of Bladensbur