Student Life

Four Point Program

Self Discovery

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  • A Gould Tradition

    A signature program at Gould, Four Point is an integral part of the curriculum that starts in 9th grade and ends upon graduation. Every year, just before spring break, students in each class embark on a journey of self-discovery. Gould students are proud of completing the four points, the full arc of a Gould story.

    It's a Gould tradition: The first winter camping trip was hosted in the winter of 1983-84 and has been part of every graduate's journey since then. 

Ninth Grade – Immersion

In the spring of 9th grade, students travel internationally in small groups to experience entirely new cultures meant to broaden their views—an invaluable tool in their academic and personal journey. Past trips have taken students to Ecuador, Peru, China, and Morocco.

In 2024, students traveled to Spain, Tanzania, Dominica, Peru and Costa Rica

Tenth Grade – Expression

During this time, students complete service projects, work with professional artists during multi-day workshops to develop their creative confidence, better understand service, participate in activities with Gould alumni, and strengthen their sense of place as it relates back to how they can impact their own communities.

Eleventh Grade – Awareness

It’s time for students to head outside and to the White Mountains for eight nights of winter camping. Away from modern conveniences, students learn more about themselves, their peers, the benefits of teamwork, personal responsibility, and that they are capable of doing challenging things.

Twelfth Grade – Independence

Welcome to the driver’s seat. Some students choose an independent service project that they are passionate about, others choose to venture out into various parts of the world. Whether it’s cleaning up the Ohio River or community service in Guatemala, the twelfth-grade independent project serves as the culmination of a student’s many Four Point travels and learnings.
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