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Dec 16, 2021 EXPLO 360º EXPLO Junior EXPLO Senior EXPLO Focus

EXPLO 360º or Focus? How to Choose Your EXPLO Program

All of our programs are, at heart, an exploration. But while EXPLO 360º allows students to try out a variety of different subjects, Focus programs explore the numerous opportunities available within a chosen field.

Abby Leigh Curtis

Choice: it’s the cornerstone of all exploration. Choice is also the cornerstone of the best summer programs around.

At EXPLO, we believe "choice" means both providing a wide array of options to choose from and granting young people the agency to make choices for themselves.

That’s not to say that choices should be made blindly. Many families ask us: “What’s the difference between EXPLO 360º and Focus programs — and how do I know which is right for my child?”

Let's talk about it.

EXPLO 360º: Breadth

EXPLO 360º invites Junior students (Grades 4-7) and Senior students (Grades 8-10) to explore and dig into as many ideas and interests as they can over three engaging, fun-filled weeks. Here, they can ask big questions, debate big ideas, iterate, and reflect.

360º students choose their own courses, electives, activities, and trips. And with such a wide range of options, they can curate their schedule to include myriad areas of interest throughout the day. They could learn about international relations, design, surgical interventions, and illustration — all in a single session. No previous experience or expertise necessary!

Through hands-on projects designed for maximum engagement, EXPLO students are encouraged to ask questions, iterate, and reflect. And in our 360° program, no two days are the same — and that variety alone sparks a love of learning that lasts far beyond the summer.

Tip: If you’re looking at the EXPLO website and see three to four different courses or subject areas that interest your child, you should choose EXPLO 360º. 

EXPLO Focus: Depth

Each Focus program takes a deep dive into a single topic. However, Focus Programs are still rooted in exploration — rather than an introduction to a range of subject areas, Focus students explore the numerous opportunities available within their chosen field over a two-week session.

In our Focus programs, students' days are more structured around the topic area their Focus is exploring; however, they still have the opportunity to engage with people from all over the world and engage in different activities and events in the afternoons or evenings.

What's more, Focus students have the opportunity to meet with industry experts, go on site visits, and get exposure to the professional work of the field.

Our Focus programs for grades 6+7 are:
Our Focus programs for grades 8-10 are:

Focus programs are not available for 4th and 5th graders.

Still unsure? Our team can help!

If you’re still unsure about which of our programs is the best fit for your child, email our Admission Office or schedule a call for a time that is convenient for you. All of our Admission Counselors work and live at the programs during the summer, so they can walk you through the programs and what a day at EXPLO is like. They can also learn more about your child's interests and help guide you toward the program that's the most exciting, beneficial, and rewarding for them.

Abby Leigh Curtis