Maumee Valley's Signature Program
Intensive is Maumee Valley's signature program and has been expanded to include three intensive periods of study per year, each lasting three weeks. Each year of a student’s Upper School career rotates between a three week Intensive and a twelve week rotation.
Upper School students select from course offerings that include on-campus experiences, local and international educational trips, independent study projects, and networking opportunities throughout the United States. By the end of their fourth year, Maumee Valley graduates have a broad range of experiential knowledge that better prepares them to pursue education at a more competitive level. Intensives enhance the Upper School students’ learning by providing in-depth study of a topic and allowing further opportunity to explore personal academic pathways, while earning academic credit.
Intensives are often a life-altering experience for Upper School students. This program engages student outside the classroom so that they can gain a deeper knowledge of specific interests. Students often use this total immersion experience to explore future careers. In fact, Intensives have proven to be highly influential in helping students decide what they want to do with the rest of their lives -- while enlightening them on the steps to take to get there.
Each year, Upper School students choose from an array of on-campus courses, culture-oriented travel experiences, independent study or focused study through The Network of Complementary Schools. Students have opportunities to enroll in on-campus courses such as Electrical Engineering, Audio Production, Anatomy and Physiology, Applied Ethics, Exploring Law, Percussion Ensemble or the Chemistry of Art; travel nationally (a seven-day wilderness trip through Outward Bound’s Mojave-Desert-based Joshua Tree program) and internationally (trips to China and India aim to broaden students’ global awareness and cultural literacy); and participate in Independent Studies or Internships. Intensive closes with a student-hosted fair, where participants present the results of individual experiences.
Intensives promote connected learning, independence, commitment to personal goals, and professional networking, as students develop a unique portfolio of experiences that make them more competitive in the college admission process.
On average an amazing 70% of students study abroad before graduation, taking advantages of trips to incredible destinations such as France, Ecuador, China, India, Egypt, Spain, Turkey, and Thailand. Almost half of students complete an independent study as well, which gives them the opportunity to design, plan, and experience an internship or project in an area they are passionate about and would like to explore further. Recent independent studies have included medical research, marketing internships, learning about food safety in developing countries, shadowing a reporter at WTOL, an introduction to international business, and even converting a diesel engine to run on used vegetable oil.