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Connections Programs

Connections Programs for the Boston Public Schools


Thompson Island Outward Bound’s flagship program model, Connections, combines hands-on science lessons with the best of Outward Bound’s approach to social emotional learning, leadership, compassion and service. Middle school students can attend Connections programs during the school year, for a 5 week summer day program, and/or take part in summer backpacking and kayaking expeditions. Many students go on to participate in Thompson Island’s Green Ambassadors summer employment program in high school.

Our research-based middle school science curriculum aligns with the Next Generation Science standards and has been written in conjunction with certified Boston Public Schools science teachers. Researchers have documented that time spent on Thompson Island is expanded learning that works, laying the groundwork for students’ success in the classroom, workplace and community.

By the end of eighth grade, our students consider themselves scientific thinkers in their approach to solving problems and have both the drive and ability to lead constructive change in their communities.

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Connections Goals

The goals of Connections are to:

  • Improve student achievement in math, science and English language arts.

  • Develop social emotional skills to help students succeed in school, their community and in life.

  • Increase student interest in professional and vocational careers, including STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, and math) industries.

  • Develop active and informed citizens who are ready to take responsibility for creating a more sustainable world.

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