Open Gates is Worcester Academy's coordinated approach to experiential learning. It integrates real-world experiences with the school’s curriculum. It takes our students out beyond the campus and the classroom, and brings guests and real-word dimensions in, reinforcing the relevance of the academic experience, as well as our connections with the various communities in which we learn and live.
In short, Open Gates is one of the core ways that Worcester Academy delivers on its mission "to instill in students the desire to learn throughout life, to engage passionately with the world around them, and to be honorable persons of strong and resourceful character." By embracing the Open Gates philosophy, we live our key values of honor, respect, community, personal growth, and challenge.
There are three primary types of activities encompassed by the Open Gates philosophy:
Off-Campus Learning takes students out “into the field” where they can put classroom learning into context. Off-campus learning can include day excursions that take advantage of the rich resources in Worcester and surrounding communities, as well as longer excursions farther afield.
The Bernon Family Community Service Program involves students, faculty, and staff in a wide variety of service projects throughout Worcester and surrounding communities. As an urban institution, we have both much to gain from and much to contribute to our community. As such, community service is an important part of each student’s education. Each Worcester Academy student completes a minimum of 60 hours of community service prior to graduation.
The Open Gates Lecture Series brings to campus speakers with a diverse set of real-world experiences and expertise related to a particular theme. These lectures are open to students, parents, and the broader community.

Study Abroad

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  • Off-Campus Learning Opportunities in 2014-2015

    There has been a great deal of buzz around campus about exciting Open Gates travel programs for the 2014-2015 academic year. In particular, the Denmark exchange has drawn interest from over 90 students! It is fantastic that so many students are interested in “engaging with the world around them” by getting out of the classroom to experience other places and cultures.
  • Denmark

    In October 2013, approximately 20 students from the HaderslevKatedralskole (Denmark) visited the USA. The Danish students spent several days experiencing life at Worcester Academy. In October 2014, students from Worcester Academy visited Denmark to explore one of three educational themes: (1) Energy and Sustainability, (2) Government and Public Policy, and (3) Science and Technology. With the assistance of faculty mentors, students worked in groups to develop research questions related to these themes. The students conducted research and prepared presentations that reflect the academic standards of Worcester Academy. Students shared the results of their work with the students and faculty of HaderslevKatedralskole during their visit to Denmark.
  • Dominican Republic

    Students of Spanish will have an opportunity to travel abroad and put their skills to work in a program slated for spring break of the 2014-2015 academic year. The course will take place in the Dominican Republic. It is a community service based program infused with language and cultural immersion. It will be a great chance to fulfill Community Service hours, travel to a warm place, practice Spanish intensively, and learn about the culture of this fascinating Caribbean island.
  • Rome/Norica

    Latin students, guided by Dr. Markey, will experience a unique Rome/Norica course that he has meticulously crafted for spring break.
Open Gates Presentation “Walden Warming: A conversation on climate change with author Dr. Richard Primack.” January 26, 7:00pm in Warner Theater.
The Open Gates Program, in collaboration with the Science Department and the Office of Sustainability, will host a lecture by Boston University professor and author Richard Primack. He will speak to us about his innovative research using the meticulous journals of Henry David Thoreau to shed light on our understanding of climate change. This is the third event in a year-long conversation series which examines the question: “How can we make the world a better place through our actions?” The event is free and open to the public.
WORCESTER ACADEMY® is a co-ed day and boarding school for grades 6 to 12 and postgraduates. Our urban setting, diverse community, and innovative curriculum provide each student with unique opportunities for self-discovery, academic achievement, and personal empowerment.

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