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Upper School Intersession

SSFS students learn about the world by being in the world.

Intersession is an educational program formed to provide students an educational experience not confined by classroom walls. In a sense, Intersession serves to make the world an SSFS classroom, providing students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of others, the greater world, and themselves. Intersession provides students an opportunity to challenge themselves in physical, cultural, intellectual, social, artistic, and community service experiences. 

Intersessions are expected to be engaging educational experiences, with recreational and entertainment aspects playing a subordinate role. In addition, the group aspect of Intersession provides a valuable peer learning experience for students. Intersession offerings are approved each year by a Program Selection Committee. Students are required to participate in Intersession during each year in the Upper School.

This student-created video, filmed and edited by Arianna R. ’20 during her senior year, features students talking about their Intersession trips and the positive impact of this hands-on educational experience.

Due to the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic, SSFS was not able to participate in our 2020 Intersession trips. We recognize and share the disappointment of students and staff in not being able to go forward with our highly-anticipated and thoughtfully-planned Intersession activities, as we realigned our program to match new realities, keeping the well-being and safety of our students, families, and employees at the forefront. 

2020 Intersession Trips At A Glance

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7

Service trips taking place locally, regionally, and nationally.

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20+

Service hours completed on an Intersession service trip.

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3

International trips to Mexico, France, and the UK.

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6:1

Student-teacher ratio average during Intersession trips.

2019-2020 Intersession Trips

Although the COVID-19/coronavirus pandemic prevented us from going forward with the 2020 Intersession program you can see the 2019-2020 Upper School Intersession trip options that were planned to get a sense of how this program has operated in previous years. Click a thumbnail to view full description.

Head Start Intersession

Number of students: 16
Intersession Dates: Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20
Type of trip: 10th Grade - Service
Cost of trip per student: $175

9th Grade Intersession - Florida Keys

Number of Students: All of 9th grade
Intersession Trip Dates: Sunday, March 15 - Thursday, March 19
Type of Trip: 9th grade
Cost of trip per student: $750

UK Quaker Pilgrimage

Number of students: 18
Intersession Trip Dates: Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 22
Type of trip: International
Cost of trip per student: $2500

Potpourri of Service Intersession

Number of students: 16
Intersession Dates: Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20
Type of trip: 10th Grade - Service
Cost of trip per student: $300

West Virginia Intersession

Number of students: 16 - 20
Intersession Trip Dates: Sunday, March 15 - Friday, March 20
Type of trip: 10th Grade - Service
Cost of trip per student: $600

A Medley of Service Intersession

Number of students: 15
Intersession Dates: Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20 
Type of trip: 10th Grade - Service
Cost of trip per student: $300

Theater and Film Intensive Intersession

Number of students: 10-15
Intersession Dates: Monday, March 16 - Friday, March 20
Type of trip: Local (with substantial service hours)
Cost of trip per student: $340

The Other Side of the Story Intersession

Number of students: 12
Intersession Dates: Monday, March 16-Friday, March 20
Type of trip: Local
Cost of trip per student: $270

Gullah/Geechee Nation Intersession

Number of students: 12
Intersession Trip Dates: Saturday, March 14 - Friday, March 20
Type of trip: 11-12th grade, Regional/ National
Cost of trip per student: $1000

Florida - Habitat for Humanity Intersession

Number of students: 14 (required to be 16 years of age by 3/16/20)
Intersession Trip Dates: Saturday, March 14 - Friday, March 20
Type of trip: National Service
Cost of trip per student: $1100  

Puerto Rico Intersession

Number of students: 16
Intersession Trip Dates: Saturday, March 14 - Saturday, March 21
Type of trip: National service
Cost of trip per student: $1800

Mexico Intersession

Number of students: 18 
Intersession Trip Dates: Saturday, Mar. 14 - Saturday, Mar. 21
Type of trip: International
Cost of trip per student: $2600