Experiential Learning

Hands-on learning inside and outside of the classroom and the traditional school day are part of all levels of EMS. 

Our elementary K-5 program is rich with experiential learning opportunity. We maximize time outdoors, and our curriculum allows time and space to ponder, reflect, be creative and discern as students gain new experiences. Students grow through partnerships with local organizations such as Roberta Webb Child Care Center and a flexible curriculum.

Middle school  participate in a First Friday of the year whole school off-campus community building day, field trips, outdoor learning and an "Explore Week" each April. Trips include biking and geocaching, and exploring the city of Philadelphia. Each grade participates in a course that ties to their curriculum and is experientially designed to spark discovery.

In high school, students are required to participate in at least one Experiential Learning Course (E-Term) each year. E-Term is offered one week in April year as well as in the summer in the form of state-side Discovery Trips and international Touring Choir trips.

During E-Term students select from a variety of experiences which are led by faculty and include a mix of students across grades 9-12. Students build community, serve others, explore theri interests and practice self-reflection. April E-term destinations include a music focus in Nashville, service-learning in New York City, service and quiet reflection at a camp in the mountains, as well as options closer to home with biking, car repair, health and wellness and other themes. Summer Discovery trips are offered every other year for three- to four-weeks across the United States learning about water and land resources.

To learn more about the EMS curriculum, come visit us! Contact admissions@emhs.net to schedule your visit today!