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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. E-Mersion Term is specific to Upper School while WOW Week is specific to Middle School. The biggest difference is that our Upper School students are offered the opportunity to travel far and wide while our Middle School students stay in Burlington.

Here are just a few of the course offerings from the last couple of E-mersion Terms:


Sharks, Dolphins, and Reefs!

Students will travel to Bimini in the Bahamas to learn about marine biology from shark experts Jillian and Duncan from Sharks for Kids.

Making for Everyone

Become a part of a national movement of Makers. Create 3D models and electronics kits that you built yourself. Learn one of the most valuable skills for the job market: coding.

Outdoor Experience

This course will consist of day trips to several county and state parks in the area. We will spend 3 days hiking trails and 1 day kayaking. While on the trail, students will check out wildlife while getting in a good workout.

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!

Nashville: Not Just a TV Show

Students will explore all Nashville has to offer, from the Country Music Hall of Fame, to the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, and possibly visit a college or two!

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