Experiencing different environments and cultures help us grow as human beings. Traveling expands our horizons and gives us new perspectives. At The Sharon Academy, a central part of our mission is to “awaken students to their immense potential and the difference they can make in the world.” We recognize that a travel experience can support and expand a student’s ability to think broadly and holistically about their role as a change maker.
However, we also recognize that travel can be stressful for many students. Credits need to be earned and graduation requirements need to be met to graduate high school successfully. Students who wish to pursue an alternate study program, whether for a semester or a year, need to seriously consider the impact their travel will have on meeting the graduation requirements, and on the college application process. Leaving for a semester or a year requires considerable planning and work. We encourage students to consider summer programs, vacation travel, or post graduate travel.
It is essential that all students’ families/guardians who are considering alternate study programs during the school year work closely with TSA to make sure the student’s overall high school and college plans are thoroughly analyzed. Families should fully consider the implications of missing significant school time.
If the program you are looking into means being absent from TSA for a while, please follow the following procedure:
1. Begin your planning at least a year before you plan to travel, if possible. Read all applicable web pages associated with travel. These pages appear to the right of this page on the navigation bar.
2. Initiate a conversation as soon as possible with the student’s advisor and with the Student Travel Coordinator, Florence Tolbert. They will assist you in looking at the four-year sequence of classes and note which classes will be missed and help make a plan and help you make a decision about what kind of travel experience is most beneficial for each student depending on individual academic needs.
3. It is important to note that in some cases TSA may not be able to commit to reserving a student’s space after participation in an extended travel program, especially, if there has not been adequate planning and discussion beforehand.