Academics

Unique Offerings

Find Out What You're Capable Of!

While the majority of Tabor students study within the standard curriculum, many of our students opt to go beyond their comfort zone to work independently, take advantage of special campus opportunities and regional cultural offerings, or to travel and study abroad.

School by the Sea and R.E.E.F.

Our flagship schooner Tabor Boy and our Marine and Nautical Sciences offerings outlined here under the heading School by the Sea are our most unique programs, and the Research & Environmental Education Focus Program (R.E.E.F.) combines them all.

Every other year, our students participate in coral reef ecology field research in collaboration with the National Parks Service in the Caribbean. R.E.E.F. utilizes the school's 92' Schooner Tabor Boy as a floating classroom and research vessel as students monitor the conditions of the endangered coral reefs around St. John. This unique program combines sail training, cultural study, and marine science research, during one week long cruises spanning the winter trimester.

Tabor MakerLab

The Tabor MakerLab is a place for all students and faculty to explore their creativity and make things from as complex as a go cart or an underwater ROV to a simple object printed on one of our 3D printers, or carved on our laser cutter. From robotics to electrical and mechanical engineering, we have future makers covered! Read what Lucy says about the MakerLab.

Independent Study

Interested students in good academic standing may plan an independent study on a specialized topic with a faculty member and submit a proposal for approval. All independent studies must have the direct academic supervision of a Tabor faculty member. Students are limited to one independent study per trimester, and with permission, the independent study may replace a sixth course. Independent studies are graded on a Pass/Fail (P/F) basis based on criteria agreed upon between the student and their faculty supervisor. Read about Charlie's study on Microplastics in local game fish.

Senior Spring Projects

Senior Projects allow seniors to use their last trimester at Tabor to pursue a project of their own creation. Projects include original art and music, all manner of building projects from boats to motorcycles, and internships in non-profits, architectural firms, and hospitals. The Senior Projects Committee approves the projects after a rigorous application process. On the last day of the academic year, the entire Tabor community attends Senior Project presentations, a capstone event that allows the seniors to show all they have learned during the project period. See our webpage for a sampling of projects.

Vacation and Service Trips Abroad

Most summers, and many March vacations, faculty members lead trips to various points of interest across the globe. Recently, Tabor student groups have visited Canada, Italy, Greece, China, Spain, France, Vietnam, Thailand, England, Peru, Cambodia, Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, and the Dominican Republic. These trips offer opportunities for cultural exchange, research, language immersion and service learning. Read about the 2018 trip to Thailand!

Study Abroad

Foreign exchange programs occur each year with our sister school in China: RDFZ High School in Beijing and our partner Rysensteen Gymnasium in Copenhagen, Denmark. These are typically week long school visits with homestays both here at Tabor and abroad. However, there is also an opportunity for juniors to study at RDFZ for the fall trimester. Additionally, students interested in living and learning in another culture have also participated in School Year Abroad (SYA) and The Island School. Students who are approved for these programs receive full credit for the work they complete while abroad.

Summer travel grants are also awarded to applicants for a month-long stay in Japan, as well as participation in a language or cultural course of a student's choosing. There is even one for an Outward Bound experience for sophomores.

Fire Our Wood Kiln

There is nothing quite like the experience of stoking a wood kiln for a 36-hour firing with faculty, classmates, alumni, and local artists. The camaraderie is worth it in itself, but applying the science and effort to achieve the right balance of wood and air to reach the critical temperature, maintaining the burn, and adding just the right amount of salt to impart a truly unique glaze to the pots inside is a real education in craftsmanship. The reward is the bounty that lies inside! Read about our summer firing.

Stargaze in our Observatory

The Edmunds Observatory is a place to share the wonders of the universe. Whether you take Astronomy or not, the observatory is open to all at various points during the year to watch a lunar or solar eclipse, a comet streaking through the sky or whatever the universe is sending our way!

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