A Semester or a Year Spent at Steward

Steward offers a unique opportunity for high achieving middle school students to learn and live away from their regular school for a semester or a year. Similar to existing high school semester schools, Steward fulfills and enhances required academic courses, allowing students to remain on-track academically.  Steward’s rigorous curriculum aligns with traditional academic courses while particularly focusing on hands-on environmental science and ethics.

Students will spend at least four weeks of each semester on outdoor adventure expeditions. Learning how to live in intentional community with a focus on sustainable practices is at the core of this program. Students will leave Steward with a stronger sense of self and be prepared to think critically, communicate effectively, organize themselves independently, and be the leaders and stewards of tomorrow.

Steward is a program of Incarnation Camp and Conference Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) with a 130+ year legacy of delivering life-changing education, retreat and camping programs to thousands of youth and adults from across the country and around the world each year.

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Early Admissions Deadlines:
Fall 2018 Semester: February 15, 2018
Full School Year: February 15, 2018
Spring 2019 Semester: October 1, 2018


  • 24 students
  • 3:1 student:faculty ratio
  • semester or year-long enrollment
  • dorms custom built 2017
  • working campus farm, gardens, sugarhouse
  • hands-on thematic curriculum
  • 4 weeks spent on outdoor adventure expeditions each semester
  • 740 acre campus in Coastal Connecticut
  • a program of Incarnation, est. 1886
  • @stewardoutdoorschool