Courses Outside Academic Calendar

The Prep sees great value in learning outside the classroom, particularly in traveling to foreign countries. These classes give students the opportunity to explore other parts of the world within a given academic structure and to earn academic credit for the experience. Note that, due to travel expenses, these classes do have an additional cost.

The opportunity to travel internationally with the Prep is contingent upon a student’s record of good behavior and academic integrity. All applications for these classes will be reviewed by the Dean of Students, the Assistant Principal for Student Life, and the Assistant Principal for Academics.

Mexician Art - 1/2 credit

Approximate Cost: $2700-$3200


  • Domestic portion: during certain community periods in November/December
  • International portion: the 8-10 days following Christmas

Open to: Juniors and Seniors

The class meets approximately eight times in November/early December during the community period for initial instruction, which is followed by approximately 8-10 days of travel through Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and the Mexico City area. In the Yucatan, there will be an emphasis on Mayan art/architecture. In the Mexico City area, the emphasis will be on Aztec art/architecture, European art/architecture in the Americas, Colonial Baroque and Neoclassicism, the evolution of a post-Columbian style through Modernism, and Mexican surrealism as exemplified by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, among others.

Chilean Exchange Program - 1 credit for Fine Arts, 40 service hours

Approximate Cost: $3500-$3900


  • Domestic portion: during certain community periods in May
  • International portion: the first week of June through the second week of July

Open to: Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors who study Spanish

The class meets approximately six times in May during the community period for initial instruction.

The program has two major components:

  • Approximately one week of travel and onsite instruction
    • The destination changes from year to year. Past trips have included visits to Peru (Lima, Cusco, Machu Picchu) and certain cities in Chile (Antofagasta, Santiago, San Pedro de Atacama, Valparaíso, Viña del Mar). Bolivia (La Paz, Lake Titicaca, Potosí, Uyuni) is scheduled for 2020.
    • The academic emphasis is on the art/architectural history of the area being explored.
    • All instruction is in Spanish.

  • Approximately four weeks of homestay and classroom instruction
    • Students will live in either Antofagasta and attend class at Colegio San Luis or in Santiago and attend class at Colegio San Ignacio el Bosque.
    • Host families will have at least one son who attends these schools.
    • Students will improve their Spanish by speaking it daily in the household and at school. They will also attend classes in Spanish.
    • During certain evenings and/or on weekends, students will engage in organized service opportunities in their communities.
St. Joseph's Preparatory School
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