Travel/Adventure Learning

ABLE - Bahamas Sailing
The ABLE (Adventure-Based Learning Experiences) program is devoted to enhancing critical skills and self-concepts that contribute to success within academic classes and outside of the school environment.
These skills and concepts include self-esteem, self-confidence, teamwork, and leadership. The pedagogy is adventure-based. The courses are group-oriented, experiential programs that are customized in-house for DVFriends students. The courses provide high school credit and completing one ABLE course is required for graduation.
ABLE offers various courses throughout the year. Some are extended trips such as sailing in the Chesapeake or Bahamas, hiking the Inca trails in Peru, bike touring in Maryland, and hiking or cross-country skiing in upstate New York. In 2022-23, we will be premiering a brand new trip to the Galapagos Islands which includes an environmental science component! Others are a series of individual days closer to home including rock climbing, trail biking, and local ropes courses.
Most ABLE trips are covered by tuition, however, there are additional costs for trips with air travel. Scholarship money for ABLE trips that involve a travel fee may be available to students who qualify. 

In the middle school, we provide an introduction to ABLE through teambuilding and orientation programs at the start of the year.
Students may choose to participate in more than one ABLE course during their time in upper school at DVFriends, but they are not required to take an ABLE course each year - just one (1) before graduating.

 2021-22 ABLE/Experiential Learning Brochure
Download the 2022-23 Experiential Learning Brochure below or see the menu (right) for the 2021-22 ABLE course selections.
We are planning a full year of our regular ABLE trips/experiences for the 2022-23 school year. All experiences are contingent on the status of the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of the trip. We will update families if any of our plans need to change or be adjusted.
The School shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, sexual identity, age, disability or marital status in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other school administered programs, or in hiring, use of volunteers or board membership.