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E-mersion Term & Wow Week


The Burlington School's signature programs (E-Mersion Term and WOW Week) present classes from beyond the school’s usual curriculum. Students engage in experiential learning through travel, project-based learning and hands-on activities in offerings ranging from photography to backpacking, movie-making to carpentry. Here are just a few course offerings from last year's Spring E-mersion Term:


Art Day Trips

Day trips to Seagrove pottery, Reynolda House Museum, Mint Museum and the NC School of the Arts!

Digital Exploration

Classes explore different applications available to computer users including: digital image, audio, and video editing, computer programming, open source software, file management, internet use.  Activities include spreadsheet commands, how to make better presentations (and how to give them!)

Improvisation Techniques

 A class that teaches the tricks of good improvisation in preparation for performance in front of a live audience!

Domestic Art: Culinary and Cotton Creations!

This class focuses on a variety of life skills used at home. Some of the activities we will explore are crocheting, baking, quilting, and food preparation. Regardless of your abilities, you will learn something new in this class!

Bollywood Dance/Bolly-workout Class

In this class, students learn the Bolly-workout routine where they dance to some of the most catchy and melodious Bollywood numbers. Each 50 minute session (about 4 sessions every day) consists of short and easy-to-follow routines based in our four main styles of dance (Bolly-pop, Pop Bhangra, Village Celebrations, and Classical Conditioning). 

College Admissions Workshop and Tour

This course includes work with CFNC, developing a personalized college list, coaching on college interactions, and visits to colleges (Wofford, Clemson, UGA)

Jazz Techniques


A class on jazz techniques; students listen to, practice and participate in musical collaboration between students and faculty while exploring components of the Jazz genre.



The 2016-17 school year featured these exciting trips! In lieu of a fall E-Mersion term and WOW Week (these will be featured this spring), students went on grade specific trips during the window of September 26-29.

The cost of these trips is included in the cost of tuition, and coursework/curriculum is targeted toward trip experiences. Students will implement curriculum learned in the classroom on the ground in their place of focus. 

Grade Level Trip
5th/6th Grade North Carolina Mountain Retreat
7th Grade Southern NC (Fort Fisher, Ocean) / Science and Social Studies
8th Grade Heifer International / Global Awareness Program
9th Grade Piedmont Wilderness/Leadership
10th Grade New Orleans Culture and Service
11th Grade Philadelphia / American History with College Tours
12th Grade Clearwater, Florida / Biology