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Our programming at Semester Off has been designed with two distinct student populations in mind. The first population are those students who have tried but have been unsuccessful at navigating the various stressors and challenges which have come their way in college. The second population are those students who are nearing the end of high school or who have recently graduated high school, but who know that they lack the tools they need in order to thrive and be happy in college.

With regards to students who have already attempted college or who experienced considerable hardships in high school, we work with the student and family to figure out where the student struggled most. For this reason, we seek students who are motivated to undergo this exploratory process with us.

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Some of the most common reasons a student may enroll at Semester Off in the Full Semester Experience or the Part-time Semester Experience include the following (note that this is not an exhaustive list):

- Low motivation to pursue school or work opportunities
- Missing class, failure to submit assignments
- High social anxiety
- Difficulty making life transitions and adjustment issues
- Low self-advocacy skills
- ADHD and/or executive functioning deficits
- Excessive avoidant tendencies which may include excessive digital technology use
- Low moods, high anxiety, low self-esteem
- Entitlement
- Substance Use Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Oppositionality or challenges accepting guidance from teachers, tutors, therapists, parents, or others
- Learning differences/challenges
- Negative peer group
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (mild), Nonverbal Learning Disorder, other pragmatic language impairment
- Grief, trauma, loss

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Our students tend to be sensitive and kind but at a loss. They yearn to do better but do not know how. They are often intelligent, funny, creative, and sincere. They sometimes feel bankrupt of all motivation and wonder if they will ever find their way and understand what it is they are supposed to do with their lives.

At Semester Off, we actively hand-select a group of students each semester that will ask these important questions with openness, support one another, and challenge one another while forging a lasting bond.

 

Where Our Students Have Studied 

+ Secondary / High School

• Acton-Boxborough Regional High School (Acton, MA)

• Al Ain English Speaking School (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)

• American International School, Dhaka (Dhaka, Bangladesh)

• Andover High School (Andover, MA)

• Arundel High School (Gambrills, MD)

• Austin Preparatory School (Reading, MA)

• Belmont High School (Belmont, MA)

• Boston Latin School (Boston, MA)

• The Brearley School (NY, NY)

• Brimmer and May School (Chestnut Hill, MA)

• Brookline High School (Brookline, MA)

• Brooklyn Friends School (Brooklyn, NY)

• Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (Cambridge, MA)

• The Cambridge School of Weston (Weston, MA)

• Cape Elizabeth High School (Cape Elizabeth, ME)

• Catholic Memorial School (West Roxbury, MA)

• Champlain Valley Union High School (Hinesburg, VT)

• Chapel Hill – Chauncy Hall (Waltham, MA)

• Commonwealth School (Boston, MA)

• Concord-Carlisle High School (Concord, MA)

• The Corwin-Russell School at Broccoli Hall (Sudbury, MA)

• Dublin School (Dublin, NH)

• Forman School (Litchfield, CT)

• Franklin High School (Franklin, MA)

• Gann Academy (Waltham, MA)

• Granite Academy (Braintree, MA)

• The Governor’s Academy (Byfield, MA)

• Hingham High School (Hingham, MA)

• Holliston High School (Holliston, MA)

• Hopkinton High School (Hopkinton, MA)

• Horace Mann School (Bronx, NY)

• Kimball Union Academy (Meriden, NH)

• Lexington High School (Lexington, MA)

• Lawrence Academy (Groton, MA)

• Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School (Sudbury, MA)

• Lowell Catholic High School (Lowell, MA)

• Maimonides School (Brookline, MA)

• Mamaroneck High School (Mamaroneck, NY)

• Marian High School (Framingham, MA)

• Melrose High School (Melrose, MA)

• Milton Academy (Milton, MA)

• Milton High School (Milton, MA)

• Montana Academy (Marion, MT)

• Montrose School (Medfield, MA)

• Mount Saint Charles Academy (Woonsocket, RI)

• Natick High School (Natick, MA)

• Needham High School (Needham, MA)

• New England Academy (Beverly, MA)

• Newman School (Boston, MA)

• Newton North High School (Newton, MA)

• Newton South High School (Newton, MA)

• Phillips Academy (Andover, MA)

• Pingree School (South Hamilton, MA)

• Poly Prep Country Day School (Brooklyn, NY)

• Ponderosa High School (Parker, CO)

• Principia Upper School (St. Louis, MO)

• Proctor Academy (Andover, NH)

• Ransom Everglades School (Miami, FL)

• Reading Memorial High School (Reading, MA)

• The Rivers School (Weston, MA)

• School One (Providence, RI)

• Seattle Academy (Seattle, WA)

• St. Mark’s School (Southborough, MA)

• The Stony Brook School (Stony Brook,NY)

• Thayer Academy (Braintree, MA)

• Virginia Allred Stacey Junior/Senior High School (San Antonio, TX)

• Walpole High School (Walpole, MA)

• Wellesley High School (Wellesley, MA)

• Weston High School (Weston, MA)

• Westwood High School (Westwood, MA)

• Wilbraham and Monson Academy (Wilbraham, MA)

• Winchester High School (Winchester, MA)

• Yellow Wood Academy (Mercer Island, WA)

+ College / University

• American University – Paris

• American University – Washington, D.C.

• Arapahoe Community College

• Assumption College

• Barnard College of Columbia University

• Bard College at Simon’s Rock

• Bates College

• Bentley University

• Bennington College

• Blinn College

• Boston College

• Boston University

• Brandeis University

• Bridgewater State University

• Champlain College

• Clark University

• Colby College

• Colgate University

• College of Charleston

• Columbia College Chicago

• Community College of Denver

• Cornell University

• Emerson College

• Endicott College

• Framingham State University

• George Washington University

• Gordon College

• Guilford College

• Hampshire College

• Harvard Extension School

• Keene State College

• Lawrence University

• Lesley University

• Loyola University Maryland

• Massachusetts College of Art and Design

• Massasoit Community College

• MassBay Community Collge

• Merrimack College

• Messiah College

• Metropolitan State University of Denver

• Middlesex Community College

• Montserrat College of Art

• Mount Ida College

• Mount Wachusett Community College

• New York University

• Northeastern University

• North Shore Community College

• Occidental College

• Pace University

• Post University

• Principia College

• Providence College

• Quinnipiac University

• Rhodes College

• Rochester Institute of Technology

• Roger Williams University

• Sewanee: The University of the South

• Simmons College

• Skidmore College

• St. Anselm’s College

• Stonehill College

• State University of New York – Purchase

• Syracuse University

• Tel Aviv University

• Texas A&M University

• Tulane University

• Tufts University

• Union College

• University of California – Irvine

• University of Colorado – Boulder

• University of Mary Washington

• University of Massachusetts – Amherst

• University of Massachusetts – Boston

• University of Massachusetts – Lowell

• University of Oxford – United Kingdom

• University of Rochester

• University of Texas – Arlington

• University of Vermont

• University of Washington

• University of Wisconsin – Madison

• Villanova University

• Westfield State University

• West Virginia University

• Wheaton College (Norton, MA)

• Whitman College