Intrepid Academy at Hale
Launched in 2018, Intrepid Academy at Hale (IAH) collaborates with schools to develop unique semester opportunities for students. Visioning, planning, and implementation is completed through an in-depth series of meetings with school leadership and faculty that establishes curriculum and community objectives that meet the school’s objectives and IAH’s goals. A semester at IAH emphasizes exercise, nature, community, and rigorous, personalized academics that expand minds and transform lives.
In collaboration with each sending school and in accordance with their respective curricular goals, IAH emphasizes:
- Nature: Given our global climate and the impact of time spent in nature on physical and mental well-being, lessons about the importance of natural spaces are central to the IAH experience.
- Exercise: Students participate in physical activity every day. This may be a walk during class, a run to the top of a nearby hill, or a mountain bike ride. Students learn how physical activity helps both the body and the brain.
- Community: IAH is a community. Strong bonds emphasize the importance of supportive and positive relationships that encourage personal growth and success.
IAH nurtures body and mind, inspires passion and curiosity, and prepares students for success in academia and life. Students return to their schools and communities with a determined spirit.
The IAH Experience
Bus time doubles as academic time. During their commute to and from Hale, students prepare for the day's activities, discuss current events, and reflect on what they've learned.
The humanities come alive at Hale as students explore the relationship between people, current events, history, culture, and the environment.
Technology isn't rejected at Hale, but it doesn't take center stage, either. Students use laptops, fitness trackers, and other devices to enhance their understanding of the world.
Physical and mental challenges are carefully integrated throughout the curriculum. These challenges complement lessons students learn in the classroom.
Our experiential curriculum is rigorous, personalized, and interdisciplinary. It focuses on promoting ownership of one’s education so that students determine for themselves how they will engage with the world around them. It helps them understand how their minds and bodies are connected, and it encourages them to consider the relationships that exist between health, happiness, and success. The curriculum meets all state standards for math, science, and humanities.
Support and Sponsorship
Corporate & Foundation Support Arcadia Charitable Trust
Boston After School & Beyond
Highland Street Foundation
Hunt Street Fund
Barney Katzman Foundation
Massachusetts Charitable Society
Mass Networks Education Partnership
Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation
Corporate & Foundation Support
Arcadia Charitable Trust