The Traveling School

An innovative, international semester that builds female leaders who are engaged with the world.

The Traveling School offers teenage girls ages 15-18 the opportunity to explore the world and learn about themselves through academic, physical, and cultural challenges. Sixteen motivated young women and four inspiring teachers travel to a unique region of the globe. Students earn full credit, immerse in new cultures, develop outdoor skills, and build confidence during this transformational semester.

Where We Go

Fall semesters explore southern Africa (Zambia, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa). Custom-designed regional academics focus on the impact of Apartheid on modern South Africa, wildlife biology, the implications of mining and contemporary issues of the region. Spring semesters discover South America (Ecuador, Peru, and Bolivia). Students immerse in Spanish language study throughout the semester, building conversational skills and confidence. Rigorous regional academics follow the course itinerary with intensive focus on the Amazon rain forest, Machu Picchu and the Inca civilization, and contemporary politics. Learn about our semesters here.

Why We Go

The Traveling School builds female leaders with powerful voices and widened perspectives that are inspired to learn, able to adapt and take risks and engage with the world. Our students, from across the globe, share a common desire to redefine high school, engage in a global community and make positive change.


At The Traveling School, the classroom is all around us. Learning comes to life through the places we visit, from the people we meet, and especially from the stories they tell us. Traveling School curriculum is designed around the locations we visit. Customized curriculum and textbooks support academic activities and cultural interaction. Students take six semester credits choosing from: Global Studies, PE & Independent Life Skills, History, English, Natural Science, Math, and Spanish (Spring Semester Only). Learn about our academics here.

Cultural Immersion

Students spend 15 weeks immersed in the cultures of southern Africa or South America. Students will practice language skills in local markets, interact with community members, initiate community service projects and will participate in a weeklong homestay.

Outdoor Adventure & Leadership Skills

Outdoor skills development enables girls to gain self-confidence, strength, and expertise with various outdoor activities in a supportive environment. Students will experience camping, hiking, backpacking, canoeing, mountaineering, rock climbing, rappelling, mountain biking, white water rafting and more. Leadership curriculum is a key component of building confidence and communication skills.

What our students say

“I discovered the power of a meaningful, rigorous and experiential education and the ability I have to be the architect of my experiences.” Payton Hoops, Spring Semester 2012

“TTS will open worlds that you never even thought existed, and will teach you about not only how many galaxies there are outside of you but also how many there are inside of you.”
– Claudia Ameijeiras, Fall Semester 2014

“You are going to look at education in a whole new light and see yourself making a mark on the world.” – Sharleen Garcia, Spring Semester 2015

What our parents say

“The Traveling School experience is transformative and ongoing. Sarah continues to draw upon her African experiences and learning in challenging how she views, thinks and acts today. The TTS experience has not only provided her with new roots in a global society but also wings in which to explore new interests and take action with a stronger sense of self-confidence.” – Berit, TTS Parent, Fall 2014

“We truly believe one of the most important gifts we can give our children is a sense that they belong to a larger world; that they’re global citizens. Teenagers in particular need to feel that there is a vast world out there to which they belong. The Traveling School sets the stage for helping young people see the possibilities beyond their own communities, states, and national borders. Never has there been a time when this is more important!” – Valorie & Richard, TTS Parents, Fall 2014

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School Facts

Semester Size


Student Teacher Ratio


Grade Levels

Sophomore, Junior, Senior

Focus / Specialty

All-girls, Global Leadership


South America & Southern Africa



Admission Deadlines

Fall Semester Priority Deadline February 1; Spring Semester Priority Deadline February 1

Contact Information

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For more information and to apply, please visit — The Traveling School Web Site.

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