Beyond the Classroom:
Experiential Education

Third grade at Alder Dam

A central part of CWA’s curriculum for more than 50 years, experiential education is an approach to learning that recognizes that human beings, beginning in infancy, learn from concrete experiences. An abundance of opportunities for students to solidify academic concepts through experiences outside the classroom are built into a Charles Wright education. But great experiential education is not just providing field trips. Real learning comes from a curriculum led by expert faculty that provides context to that experience, the structured reflection that happens afterwards, and the intentional design that connects each of these elements.