Mountain Classroom: The Way Education Should Be

Feb 28, 2023 11:07:09 AM

Proctor Academy's winter 2023 Mountain Classroom program has come to an end after ten weeks of exploring, adventuring, learning, and bonding as a group. The off-campus experience is like none other, pushing students so far outside their comfort zone that individuals learn to rely on each other, and to fully understand the impact of their individual actions on the well-being of the group. 

European Art Classroom - Finals Week

Feb 27, 2023 8:37:29 AM

There is nothing like coming home after a week of exploring. This time, however, we returned to our house in Aix, after a vivacious week in Madrid, realizing it was our last week at home. 

The Arts at Proctor: Three Dimensional Identities

Feb 25, 2023 11:14:11 AM

The Winter Term often finds us diving deeply into our own worlds. Perhaps it is our instinctive nature as the days get short and the weather colder, to pull into ourselves. We put our nose down, and, too often, our blinders up so that we can concentrate on that which lies before us: our classes, our teams, our dorms, our advisories. We can easily overlook the complexity of all that is happening on this campus until weekends like this one put the fullness of who we are on display. 

Proctor en Monteverde: Independence Abroad

Feb 24, 2023 7:45:00 AM

Proctor en Monteverde affords sophomores an opportunity to study abroad in Monteverde, Costa Rica. From living with a host family, to studying Spanish and rainforest ecology, to being fully immersed in Costa Rican culture, Morgan ‘25, Reese ‘25, Will ‘25, Bella ‘25, Henry ‘25, and Emma ‘25 have experienced a life-changing term abroad. Read more from Morgan and Reese below. 

Proctor en Segovia: More Than Tourists

Feb 23, 2023 9:00:00 AM

Each term Proctor en Segovia students live in Spain for more than two months, immersed in Spanish culture, language, and the rhythms of their host families. They exist in an in-between space; they are not quite local residents but are much more than tourists visiting for a day or two. By engaging with locals -- program directors, Spanish faculty, afternoon activity instructors, host families, teammates, and new friends --, they open themselves up to new perspectives and powerful learning experiences.

The Journey: What Discipline Teaches Us Well

Feb 22, 2023 8:01:32 AM

“Tank. Tank. Tank." The loud sounds of “tanking, clanking and rattling” of the old steam pipes hissing down in the basement of Maxwell Savage punctures the serenity between the “tick, tap, ticking” of our collective keyboards. Four boys and I are serving early morning mandatory Sunday study hall on a blustery mid-February day. 

Honor the Past by Supporting Today: 1848 Giving Challenge:

Feb 21, 2023 6:24:16 AM

Since 1848, Proctor has transformed the lives of generations of young people. Whether it was through an off-campus program like Mountain Classroom, on a playing field, or a casual conversation with a trusted advisor on the way to a meal, the educational experience Proctor offers lasts a lifetime. Today, we embark on the 1848 Giving Challenge: 18 hours and 48 minutes dedicated to supporting a school that has and will continue to transform lives. 

European Art Classroom: W'23 Visits Madrid

Feb 20, 2023 12:52:30 PM

This week Euro ventured to Madrid, Spain. The week was filled with many art museums, friends, good food, and more.

Ocean Classroom: Key West to Panama City

Feb 19, 2023 8:54:15 AM

Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom program departed Key West and made the transit up the gulf coast of Florida to St. Petersburg, and on to Panama City where the student crew was interviewed by the local news station. Read more below from Molly '24 and Winter Ocean Classroom and the once in a lifetime experience students from both Proctor and the MET School (Providence, RI) are having during their 65 day voyage. 

Proctor Theater Presents: Little Women

Feb 17, 2023 11:13:49 AM

Proctor Theater is proud to present the showing of Little Women, the musical, on Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18 at 7:00 pm in the Wilkins Meeting House.

Proctor en Segovia: Art and Style in Madrid and the Beautiful Game

Feb 16, 2023 5:48:52 PM

Segovia sits 90 km north of Madrid, and the two cities are well connected by high-speed rail. Easy access to Madrid allows Proctor en Segovia students access to the culture, gastronomy, museums, and, yes, fútbol clubs of one of the largest cities in Europe. Ingrid W. '23 and Tony '23 write about a weekend excursion to Spain's capital and largest city.

Mountain Classroom: Expeditions and Down Time

Feb 16, 2023 7:30:00 AM

Proctor’s Mountain Classroom program enters the second half of their term-long adventure in the American Southwest. As the group continues to learn how to live in community with one another, they also take increased responsibility for the planning of their expeditions. Read more in today’s post from Emma ‘23 and Dante ‘24. 

Academic Lens: Turning Outrage into Action

Feb 15, 2023 9:02:54 PM

What do we do with our outrage? This is the question first year student Alice Ryan ‘26 was grappling with when she first learned about the executions of political dissidents in Iran. 

The Journey: Head's Day Rigor and Relief

Feb 15, 2023 8:28:17 AM

Yesterday was the second Head’s Day that I have been a part of at Proctor. Our students were informed the night before by an email and video that told them that they would be getting a much needed day to rest and kick back a little. At Proctor, and other schools like ours, we do get to breathe every now and then to unwind a little bit from the rigors of school.


Love Walks: Finding Purpose in Little Moments

Feb 14, 2023 9:14:28 AM

Late last night, Head of School Brian Thomas announced that today would be Head’s Day, an unplanned, surprise day off from school commitments for students. Students get to sleep in, lounge around, go skiing, head to a local restaurant with faculty, or take their time with an extra long workout in the gym. 

European Art Classroom: Time Flying in Aix and Beyond

Feb 13, 2023 3:06:40 PM

This past week has been amazing, filled with fun excursions, great food, and constant laughter! Our first excursion of the week did not go as planned due to the weather, so instead, we went to the Vasarely Museum and Ikea! 

Mountain Classroom: The Crafting of Intentional Community

Feb 10, 2023 7:36:16 PM

We talk about community and relationships a lot at Proctor. We have a TOGETHER banner hanging on the wall of the Wilkins Meetinghouse. We experience that community and “togetherness” by watching our Hornet teams capture big wins, meeting weekly as advisory groups, or hanging out with friends in a dorm common room. 

Proctor en Segovia: Learning Through Travel

Feb 9, 2023 2:39:30 PM

Proctor en Segovia students learn about the Spanish language and culture in history, literature, and Spanish classes and simply by living with a Spanish host family. Powerful learning also occurs during week-long excursions to Spain's diverse regions. In this post, Phuc '23 and Thomas '24 reflect on their cultural immersion experience in Spain's Basque Country region. 

Proctor en Monteverde: Exploring the Rain Forest

Feb 9, 2023 10:11:26 AM

Six sophomores are studying abroad in Monteverde, Costa Rica this winter. Over the past two weeks, students have continued their academic courses while immersing themselves in the biodiversity of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest. Read more from Henry ‘25 and Brenden ‘25 in this week’s blog post from Monteverde. 

Academic Lens: Understanding Proctor's Math Curriculum

Feb 8, 2023 10:45:51 AM

How can we do this better? This is a question we are constantly asking ourselves at Proctor because we believe in a growth mindset not just for our students but for our teachers and our curriculum as a whole. Over the last several years, the Mathematics Department has shifted its approach to how teachers teach and how students learn. 

European Art Classroom: Chasing the Sun

Feb 6, 2023 8:58:25 PM

This week has been one of my favorite weeks and here's why: Monday started with going to Tina’s house. We were instantly met with a warm smile and were welcomed into her lovely home. We got a tour of her vineyards, asked lots of questions, and watched her go through the process of producing wine.

Ocean Classroom: A View from the Keys

Feb 5, 2023 7:42:05 PM

Proctor Academy's Ocean Classroom program has arrived in the Florida Keys after a 400 mile voyage from northeast Florida. En route to Mobile, Alabama to see first hand the last slave ship to arrive in America (the Clotilda) and to continue their studies on the history of involuntary servitude, injustice, and the Civil Rights Movement in America, the crew of students from Proctor and the MET High School (Providence, RI) are well on their way to becoming true sailors. Read more from their voyage below. 

The Journey: Freedom to Be

Feb 3, 2023 7:57:51 AM

The day I met up with our students and program leaders who study and reside in Spain, I experienced what many of our students must feel when they come to Segovia for the first time. 

Academic Lens: Happiness and Winter

Feb 2, 2023 8:58:41 AM

With temperatures plummeting well below zero over the next two days, we find ourselves in the heart of winter; academic classes, research papers, projects, athletic schedules, and musical rehearsals fill our days and minds. With four weeks until the end of the Winter Term, this stretch of the school year can feel especially challenging for all of us. 



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