Travel/Adventure Learning

 
ABLE - Hiking
 
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 Florida Keys, hiking the Inca trails in Peru, bike touring in Maryland, and hiking or cross-country skiing in upstate New York. 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.
 
PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE ONE ABLE COURSE PRIOR TO GRADUATION.
 
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.
 

THE 2020-21 EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING BROCHURE:
 2020-21 ABLE/Experiential Learning Brochure
 
 
Download the 2020-21 Experiential Learning Brochure below or see the menu (right) for the 2020-21 ABLE course selections.
 
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.