Experience-Centered Seminar

Experience-Centered Seminars (ECSs) provide Upper School students with opportunities to apply knowledge and learning to real-world situations.

“My 2018 ECS to Peru was the most impactful Seminar I have ever participated in. I love Spanish, so the ability to travel to a Spanish-speaking country where I could use the language was the perfect opportunity for me. It was the first time I traveled out of the country, and I would love to go back again.”
Whitney Richardi '21, CSS Lifer Since PreK

The ECS program, consisting of local, regional, national and international offerings, sets our students apart as they transition to the collegiate world and beyond. Each March, Upper School students – grades 9 through 12 – participate in a three-week ECS course of study hand-selected from a variety of Seminar offerings, ranging from Geology of the Southwest and Journalism to Life in Cameroon. The ECS curriculum is designed to promote direct, active participation and hands-on engagement in an experiential setting. The end result: optimized critical thinking, organized inquiry, and use of in-depth analysis as students synthesize their learning and experiences via oral and written presentations, blogs or journals, group projects and tests.

Following are excerpts from student blog posts shared with the CSS community in 2021:

ESC 2021 Artful Recovery
Artful Recovery
ECS 2021 Stats & Science of Epidemics

Science & Stats of Epidemics

ECS 2021 Iron Pour
Iron Pour
ECS 2021 Playwriting & Performance
Playwriting & Performance
ECS 2021 Rock Climbing
Science & Art of Rock Climbing
ECS 2021 Wilderness Survival
Wilderness Survival

ECS Scholarships

The Colorado Springs School is committed to making Experience-Centered Seminars accessible to families representing a wide range of economic backgrounds. For this reason, two scholarship programs have been established and are available for eligible students who declare a first-choice ECS exceeding $1,000. For more information, please contact Director of Student Programs Ann Petit.

Meet the Director of Student Programs

Ann Petit
Ann Petit

Director of Student Programs
(719) 434-3572
apetit@css.org