Mercersburg Intensive

Immerse. Imagine. Inspire.

Mercersburg students will focus on more than 50 different topics during the Mercersburg Intensive, a new four-week academic period being held for the first time this year between the school’s fall and winter terms. From Monday, November 16, to Wednesday, December 16 (with a weeklong break for Thanksgiving), groups of between five and 18 students are examining a wide range of course topics curated and designed by the school’s faculty and staff, in many cases with a special focus on this moment and year. Each student’s academic schedule will consist entirely of a single Intensive course during these four weeks, allowing for deep and meaningful learning, synthesis, creativity, and exploration to take hold.
From big data to stopping the spread of misinformation, and from examining the experiences of Indigenous populations to the work of Black American filmmakers and the design of walkable cities, the courses will encompass a robust and eclectic range of subjects—many of which are designed around the school’s 2020–2021 theme of “Making a Difference.” All courses are being held in a virtual environment (since students are departing campus no later than November 19, and will not physically return to campus until January).

 John David Bennett, Mercersburg’s dean of curricular innovation, describes the Intensive as “an opportunity to wipe away the periphery and become absorbed in a joyful, inspiring, satisfying sojourn into learning and discovery.”