Upper School

Immersion Experience Requirement

Reimagining a Global Education

Newark Academy’s commitment to preparing students to become engaged citizens of the world goes well beyond the mission statement.

The Immersion Experience graduation requirement reinforces Newark Academy’s position as a leader in incorporating direct, experiential education into the curriculum. Emphasizing independent thinking, cultural understanding and global stewardship, immersion experiences teach students to “lean into discomfort” and adapt to unfamiliar situations — through one of three experience options:

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  • Cultural / Linguistic Immersion

    A 16-day (minimum) trip with 75 percent of the trip incorporating a homestay.

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  • Cultural / Service Immersion

    A 16-day (minimum) trip with 75 percent of the trip incorporating a homestay and at least 60 hours of service.

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  • Wilderness / Outdoor Immersion

    A 10-day (minimum) trip.
NA students may choose to meet the Immersion Experience requirement through a group trip organized and led by members of the NA faculty or through an approved trip offered by a an outside organization. In some cases, a student may propose a self- designed experience for approval by the Director of the Immersion Experiences. Newark Academy makes every effort to offer students, and their families, with affordable options for fulling the Immersion Experience requirement. Students receiving financial aid from Newark Academy will receive a level of aid in covering trip costs commensurate with the percentage of their overall annual award.

Meet the Director

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  • Photo of Maria Teresa McNeilly-Anta

    Maria Teresa McNeilly-Anta 93

    Director of Immersion Experiences
An independent school for students in grades 6-12