2021

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The experiential learning program of Dalton Academy is a compulsory course for senior 1 and senior 2 students. The curriculum is designed around five common themes, each of them is closely related to what we learned in the classroom.

Faculty, staff and students are actively involved in the design and supervision of ELP projects. It is the goal of all projects to be closely aligned with the mission and curriculum aiming to ignite curiosity and provide a transformative experience acting with responsibility and integrity.

Dalton Academy’s Experiential Learning Program seeks to bridge the learning that is happening inside the school's walls to the outside world. By utilizing the unique passions, talents and experience of our community members we strive to take learning to deeper and more meaningful depths. We believe that students can arrive at a deeper, more meaningful learning outcomes through seeing, acting and reflecting.

Experiential Learning Program

Through the Years

A Timeline of ELP Projects Traversing The Globe

Splendor of Huaxia
Splendor of Huaxia

Dr. Huang organized a trip for students in her Art in China: Archaelogy and Material Culture course to an exhibit showcasing material culture they had explored in class titled, "Splendor of Huaxia: The Essence of Shanxi's Ancient Civilization."

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Van Gogh Alive
Van Gogh Alive

December 30 2021, Teachers James Vaughn, Mingzhen Li and Moana Teriitehau's classes viewed the Van Gogh Alive exhibit from two distinct lenses, which, in tandem, paint a beautiful stereoscopic picture of van Gogh and his works.

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Splendor of Huaxia
Splendor of Huaxia

Dr. Huang organized a trip for students in her Art in China: Archaelogy and Material Culture course to an exhibit showcasing material culture they had explored in class titled, "Splendor of Huaxia: The Essence of Shanxi's Ancient Civilization."

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2020

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2019 

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2018

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2017

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Australian Heritage Sites
Australian Heritage Sites

​An ELP journey to Australia including visits to the World Heritage Listed: Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, and Daintree Rainforest. examining the impact of the human footprint on varied coastal environments.

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Master Spirit and Cultural Heritage
Master Spirit and Cultural Heritage

Explored Japanese cultural elements such as Sado, Wagashi and Kimono. Visited the Miho Museum, a pottery factory, a textile mill, and a craftsman's workshop. Through these experiences they learned to preserve and protect cultural heritage.

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Australian Heritage Sites
Australian Heritage Sites

​An ELP journey to Australia including visits to the World Heritage Listed: Great Barrier Reef, Fraser Island, and Daintree Rainforest. examining the impact of the human footprint on varied coastal environments.

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Experiential Learning of Art and Engineering in Kyoto, Japan

Experiential Learning of Art and Engineering in Kyoto, Japan

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DISCOVER, CREATE,  REFLECT & APPLY

Fu Wang Mansion
Fu Wang Mansion

Students participated in a workshop on the revitalization and protection of cultural and historical buildings, urban planning and community construction. Students also learned about the concept of a MVP (Minimum Viable Product).

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Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chinese Academy of Sciences

Students travelled to the Laboratory of Protein and Peptide Drugs to study the influence of specific medicines on tumor cells and applied the CRISPR technique in a genetic modification experiment.

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Fu Wang Mansion
Fu Wang Mansion

Students participated in a workshop on the revitalization and protection of cultural and historical buildings, urban planning and community construction. Students also learned about the concept of a MVP (Minimum Viable Product).

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Saving the Black Rhinoceros
Saving the Black Rhinoceros

Students researched biodiversity and climate change by sampling vegetation and monitoring everything from black rhinoceros behavior to Acadia tree seedlings.

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Jordan Refugee Program
Jordan Refugee Program

Students traveled to Jordan to learn about the lives of refugees. From this trip emerged the Dalton Tutoring Program. As of 2021, there are over 75 volunteer tutors from Dalton helping refugees.

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Saving the Black Rhinoceros
Saving the Black Rhinoceros

Students researched biodiversity and climate change by sampling vegetation and monitoring everything from black rhinoceros behavior to Acadia tree seedlings.

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Chinese Opera
Chinese Opera

In an immersive program, students learned about Chinese Opera's history, costumes, singing styles and make-up methods from professional performers. The finale was a Beijing Opera show organized and acted by the participants.

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Xizhou, Dali Yunnan
Xizhou, Dali Yunnan

Participants investigated the lush alluvial plain in Xizhou that was once the intersection of conflict between Nanzhao State and Dali State. Students also investigated the relationship between local economic development and nature conservation.

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Chinese Opera
Chinese Opera

In an immersive program, students learned about Chinese Opera's history, costumes, singing styles and make-up methods from professional performers. The finale was a Beijing Opera show organized and acted by the participants.

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Deputy Head of School & Dean of Faculty Ms. Aileen Lee

"In short, it includes the following four aspects:  Enriching the student's experience, as an important supplement to the college application, providing an experience of global cross-cultural communication and cultivating leadership and other soft skills."

ELP GALLERY

Nepal

Nepal

潘彦含, Student of Dalton Academy

Amazon

Amazon

郭星言, Student of Dalton Academy

Kenya

Kenya

Australia

Australia

Jordan

Jordan

Kenya

Kenya

潘彦含, Student of Dalton Academy

Jordan

Jordan

刘彦怡, Student of Dalton Academy

Guizhou, China

Guizhou, China

陈一萱, Student of Dalton Academy

Japan

Japan

钱昱熹, Student of Dalton Academy

Italy

Italy

郭星言, Student of Dalton Academy

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Beijing, China

Kenya

Kenya

赵嘉宁, Student of Dalton Academy

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

汪湛, Student of Dalton Academy

Japan

Japan

钱昱熹 , Student of Dalton Academy

Nepal

Nepal

潘彦含, Student of Dalton Academy

Student Reflect on Their Trip to Van Gogh Alive

"Van Gogh's letters show that his contradictory interpretations of Wheat Field with Crows are not confused. It reveals a pattern that Van Gogh took for granted. When he paints something exciting or melancholic, something that excites him highly, he feels the pressure is completely relieved. Finally, he experienced peace, serenity, and welfare. His paintings are truly cathartic, with a sense of order and peace always at the end of the emotional storm."

Psychology Student Li JIayi

" ... the interactive Van Gogh Alive shows the audience an amazing experience in getting in touch with the artistic expression of Van Gogh – a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is influential in Western art history. With a series of landscape paintings, self-portraits, portraits that composed 2,100 artworks, it gives a glimpse of Van Gogh’s life through his art style of bold color and unique brush that creates a dramatical feeling that reveals his unique personality."

- Psychology Student Jin Ge

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