expeditionaries spring semester 2019

January - May 2019

new york city


Who is it for?

Second semester seniors only.

With the permission of the student’s school, Expeditionaries will provide all academic credit for each student’s second semester transcript (with supporting assessments and documentation of learning). This will include state requirements and school-specific requirements.

You can learn more about previous Expeditions here.


WHY does the world need Expeditionaries?

Nearly 500 years ago, Western explorers mapped what was for them an unknown world of danger and opportunity.

Today we are on the verge of similar thresholds: some are interstellar, some molecular, some climate change related, some technological, some cultural.

What if it were up to you to explore these new thresholds?

In an age when exponential technologies will allow us to land on Mars, create virtual universes, and construct massively powerful artificial intelligences, we must form a new generation of expeditionaries. Guided by a commitment to the Common Good, new expeditionaries can explore these thresholds and use their learning to create positive social impact.

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What if students could...

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...reduce the transmission of life threatening viruses in Eastern Africa by gamifying hand-washing for children? (Malvern Prep, July 2015)

...mitigate the harms of gentrification by creating an app to match job seekers with developers? (Regis High School, July 2018)

...fix “biodegradable” plastics that don’t work? (Bishop Kearney High School, October 2018)

The Expeditionaries experience forms students through social impact projects like these.

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HOW does Expeditionaries work as a full-semester option?

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  1. Student teams identify a social impact design challenge.

  2. Teams use a design thinking approach to craft solutions. Over the course of the semester, they present multiple iterations of their solution to outside experts for feedback. They use that feedback to create new iterations until the end of the semester, when they present their project to a CEO panel.

  3. In addition to their project work, students also develop academic skills that support their project. These include English Literature, Philosophies of the Common Good, and Art.

  4. Every day, students practice reflection. They journal about how they use their Top 5 Strengths (as reported to them by CliftonStrengths), and they also receive strengths-based feedback from their teacher-coaches and their peers.

  5. Over the course of the semester, students develop a personalized portfolio that includes:

    • Project-design work

    • Strengths-based reflections and feedback

    • Academic work

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What did students, teachers, and parents say about Expeditionaries July and October 2018?

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“It is a great way to learn more about yourself and your strengths, and specifically how to use those strengths successfully as part of a team.” --Fordham Prep student

“Equally inspired by empathic Catholic Social Teaching and best practices in management, marketing, design, and education.” --Bishop Kearney teacher

“My son loves to help others and this gave him an opportunity to help people at a higher and more expansive level. He appreciated the opportunity to contribute his ideas while collaborating with his peers for the betterment of society.” --Regis parent

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Additional details:

  • Experience will run from January through May 2019, Monday - Friday (tentatively 9 am - 3 pm)

  • Location will be NYC; exact spot is still TBD.

  • Cost: $5000 per student

  • To apply, send an email expressing interest to Christian Talbot: ct@basecampschool.com