Alumni News

Creativity and Curiosity: Universal Keys to Engaged Learning

Partnership with Agastya Foundation explores how EXPLO curriculum can support economically disadvantaged students in rural India

by Communications Staff

Demystifying College Admission

We live in an era where students are consumed by checklists: taking the SATs, navigating GPAs, and designing a schedule to fit all of their extracurriculars in any given Wednesday.

By Communications Staff

How to Help Your Kids Make Friends

How can parents ensure their kids make friends that will help them flourish and grow? Choose the right environment.

by Melissa Patricio

EXPLO 2021 Update | Leading with Safety, Transparency, and Thoughtfulness

Forty-six years ago, EXPLO was a pioneering start up designed by a team out of MIT. The team envisioned a highly engaging experiential summer enrichment program where students explored the world of people, ideas, and themselves in an environment that crackled with energy and excitement. That...

Lessons for a Lifetime: A Tribute to David Summergrad (1953-2020)

It is often said that actions speak louder than words. And while David Summergrad may have been soft-spoken, his legacy as an educator, principal, leader, and advocate is a barbaric yawp that echoes across generations of students, colleagues, and friends.

Support for Our Friends + Families in Lebanon

After the explosion in Beirut, EXPLO checked in with our Lebanese families. We’ve heard back from scores of them and though some of their homes have been destroyed, they report they are safe and made it through the explosion. That said, they wrote about the tragic circumstances and devastation of...

EXPLO Summers Plant Seeds of Risk-Taking and Adventure

As Program Director at the University of South Carolina — Columbia Technology Incubator, Caroline Crowder spends her days connecting startup companies with mentor businesses, along with facilitating a hands-on immersion program to help them get up to speed. An an avid traveler and a three-year...

Ben Grubner: EXPLO Gave Me My Life as I Know It

Ben Grubner has done quite a few remarkable things for his age. For starters, the Bard College senior has learned four languages, began college at age 16, and studied abroad for a year in Prague. But if you ask him what experience has influenced him the most, he won’t hesitate to tell you that it’s...

Year in Review: EXPLO 2018

The New Year brings with it much to look forward to — the prospect of new adventures on the horizon and the excitement of not quite knowing what this next cycle around the sun has in store.

But before we dash forward, we'd like to take a moment to look back on 2018 and celebrate the many...


EXPLO Alumni, Former Staff Earn Forbes + TIME Magazine Honors

It’s often said that fortune favors the bold. So, too, does Forbes and TIME Magazine with their annual 30 Under 30 and 50 Best Inventions honors, respectively.

Setting the Pre-College Standard: EXPLO at Yale

Thousands of students have attended the EXPLO at Yale pre-college summer program over the past 40 years, and time and again they tell us the same thing: EXPLO is where they discovered something about themselves that they never knew existed. It's where they first glimpsed their future and began in...


A Place to Practice Independence: EXPLO at Wellesley

Families often ask us about what makes EXPLO at Wellesley such a transformative experience for our eighth and ninth grade students. Our resident tweenagers are fascinating people. They are in a period of figuring out who they are, trying on different identities, and fearlessly practicing being...


Thank You For Sharing Your Summer With EXPLO

We wanted to take a moment to thank you, our inspiring students and families for yet another incredible summer of daring and courage.