ERIC Number: ED431582
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
GOAPe: An Urban High School Program out beyond the Concrete.
The Galileo Outdoor Adventures Program (GOAPe) addresses the needs of high school students with a student-centered experiential program that is project- and community-based. At the Galileo Academy of Science and Technology, a public school in inner-city San Francisco, GOAPe is a semester-long program and a student club. From the first day of class, students (aged 15 and older) are actively involved in the planning, implementation, and outcomes of a series of projects and experiential activities that combine real-world learning with traditional schooling. The first few weeks are an orientation phase, led by previous participants. Students engage in numerous team-building and personal growth initiatives, begin a daily journal, give formal feedback speeches, evaluate their own transcripts, learn how to document their semester, get trained at the ropes course, and visit possible service sites. After learning the skills needed, students take part in an 11-day wilderness expedition where they are responsible (in teams) for their own daily needs. After the wilderness trip, students spend as much as half their time on leadership and service projects in the community. Other program aspects include training in computer and media technology, career exploration and job-shadowing, and earning credits through a portfolio process. Program funding comes from the school district, grants, donations, and revenues from facilitating a community ropes course. (SV)
Descriptors: Adventure Education, Experiential Learning, High Schools, Integrated Curriculum, Nontraditional Education, Outdoor Leadership, Relevance (Education), Service Learning, Student Development, Urban Schools, Urban Youth, Wilderness
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Experiential Education, Boulder, CO.
Identifiers - Location: California (San Francisco)