The Academy at Charlemont

Charlemont, Massachusetts

https://www.charlemont.org

General Information 

The Academy at Charlemont is a rural day school of 90 students in grades 7-12 with an honor code, strong arts and academic programs, and local internship opportunities.

Programs

Network students in grades 7-12 are considered part of The Academy student body for the duration of their stay and are encouraged to participate in the academic, artistic, and sports offerings available to our students throughout the school year. In addition, the following seasonal options are available:

Maple Sugaring

Each spring, New England maple farmers tap their trees and transform sap into syrup. Network students could experience this through an internship at Berkshire Sweet Gold Maple Farm, a family-owned farm that produces and markets small-batch, farm-crafted syrup.  

Kayaking and Paddling

In the spring and fall, Network students could learn to paddle on the Deerfield River through our partnership with Zoar Outdoor, a local adventure outfitting firm, or consider an internship to learn about the adventure tourism business.

Art Internship  

Western Massachusetts is home to dozens of artists and crafters who are actively producing work and marketing it to the public.  Network students could intern in local studios that produce blown glass, pottery, furniture, photography, music, et al.  

Alpine Skiing  

Many Academy students enjoy skiing and snowboarding at Berkshire East throughout the winter months. Network students could learn to ski at this family-owned mountain or enjoy multiple runs down the hill each afternoon. January, February, and March would be the most ideal months for this option.  

Drama  

Each winter The Academy mounts a major dramatic production in February. Network students could spend a significant chunk of January and February being part of the production.  

New England Town Meeting  

Many towns in our region are still governed by a town meeting, our country’s most robust form of direct democracy. Annual town meetings are scheduled throughout the spring, mostly in April and May. Network students could intern in a town office, learn the mechanics of small-town governance, and then attend one or more annual town meetings as an observer.

Proximity to Prominent Colleges/Universities

The so-called 5-college system (compromised of Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) is a big part of western MA life. Students interested in any of these colleges may want to consider visits as a part of their exchange. Also nearby are Williams College and Bard College at Simon’s Rock.

Living Arrangements and Travel 

Students will live in home-stays with Academy or local families.  

Network students should fly into Bradley International Airport in Harford, CT.

Restrictions

Exchanges not available during the second week of January due to exams. Two-week maximum.

Dates

Individually arranged throughout the year at our mutual convenience for a duration of two weeks. See the School Calendar for vacation dates.

Download this information in PDF format here: ACADEMY AT CHARLEMONT.pdf


 

Advisor Name: Nora Bates Zale
 Title: Dean of Students, Art Department
 Phone: (413) 339-4912
 Email: nzale@charlemont.org