The End-of-Year (EOY) experience is designed to give students and teachers a learning environment that goes beyond the classroom. With elements of service, leadership, perspective, and adventure, the EOY program is one of the most meaningful parts of the Carolina Friends School Upper School curriculum. From trips to internships to on-campus experiences, EOYs often impact the lives of those involved in potentially life-changing ways. Throughout the days or weeks of an EOY experience, a group of people is brought together to share laughter, create friendship, gain knowledge, see the world, change outlooks, help others, search for beauty, build confidence, find the inner-self, and make unforgettable memories.
The EOY program was started in 1991 as a way to create a community-building portion of the Upper School curriculum. The EOY program was introduced by staff member Bob Druhan who envisioned an opportunity for students and staff together to explore in-depth subjects that are field based and could include service and travel. The program has evolved from an original week-long experience into twelve or more school days. Depending on staff and student input, the program is constantly changing and improving in order to provide the best experience possible.
All sophomores, juniors, and seniors are given the option to participate in an EOY or to create an internship for themselves during this time. Students can generally join two off-campus experiences during these three years. Freshmen are exempt from this process since their experience is already set. Students rank their choices, and the staff work very hard to keep the program as fair as possible. Once students are assigned to a group in the fall, they begin to plan, fundraise, and prepare for their experiences. The EOYs begin after final exams and are typically two weeks in length.
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