EXPLO Today

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

Applying to College During COVID: What You Need to Know

From how colleges are evaluating applications in 2021 to the impact of test scores, pass/fail grades, and students' limited ability to visit college campuses during the pandemic, one common theme is emerging among admission teams across the U.S. COVID-19 has disrupted the traditional college...


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...

Competitive College Admission in the Age of COVID | Pro Tips to Enhance Your College Application Strategy

Applying to college can be stressful in a typical year. Throw in a global pandemic and the path forward becomes even foggier. Many families have questions about how the introduction of remote learning and pass/fail grading systems, the cancellation of sports and extracurricular activities, and...


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.

EXPLO Launches Live Web Series for COVID-era College Applicants

In a typical year, families of high school juniors and seniors spend a significant part of the spring, summer, and fall seasons visiting college campuses across the nation, completing early acceptance applications, and finalizing their plans for the future. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly...

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...

The Unsteady Tent Poles of Our Stories

At EXPLO, we have always sought to be a place where we celebrate individual differences and seek the common ground that makes us a community. In many ways, that’s also been the narrative that we have told ourselves is at the heart of America. The protests now happening all over the world are a sign...

A Letter to the EXPLO Community from President Moira Kelly

Dear EXPLO Community, Given the events of the past few days here in the United States, I find myself asking:  “What do I write? What do I say?”   I don’t have any words that can illuminate anyone’s understanding, frame things more clearly, or bring calm and peace. But I need to say something. I can...

COVID-19 Update: Trying to Do Our Part

I write in the hopes that you and your loved ones are healthy and safe.  Since the EXPLO community spans the globe, we have been in touch with many of you the world over. I am pleased that some of our families in Asia are starting to see things turn in a more positive direction. At the same time,...

Update on COVID-19

As you have likely heard, colleges and universities (and some schools) across the U.S. are about to go on their regular spring break — two weeks vacation in most instances — and many have asked their students not to return after break. Instead, the institutions will move to online learning in an...