This course is designed for students wishing to learn a language that is not currently offered at Hartford. The course will consist primarily of an independent language program. The instructor will facilitate cultural and linguistic work throughout the semester to support the student’s progress in the language.
Application can be found here.
In April 2015, 12 students and 2 teachers, Scott Tarbox and Andersen Thorp, embarked on a 2-week extensive tour throughout France. We started in Paris, spending three days visiting quintessential tourist sites, such as the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, le Tour Eiffel, L’Eglise Notre-Dame, ending with a boat cruise on the famous river Seine. From there, we took a high-speed train to France’s southern coast to tour the old city of Marseille, across to the Bordeaux region and up to Normandy.
Some of our highlights included stopping in Monaco and the coast of Marseille, having dinner in a cave restaurant, and walking around the ancient Roman aqueducts. Furthermore, we visited a variety of castles, museums, markets, pastry shops, and restaurants throughout the country. Besides the larger cultural centers, students had the opportunity to experience rural life in southern villages and coastal towns. Throughout our stay, we were lucky to have nearly perfect sunny weather and many opportunities to speak French with local merchants. Our group ended the trip with a day-long visit the famous Mont St. Michel monastery
During spring break April 2017, students will be visiting the French territory of Martinique in the Caribbean for 8 days, spending time with high school students in local schools, hiking, learning traditional recipes, visiting museums, and traveling throughout the capital and rural villages.
Through volunteer work in Peru in 2016, Nicaragua in 2014, and the Dominican Republic in 2012 we put our Spanish skills to use to meet new people, and learn about other communities in Latin America. Students who continue with Spanish through the advanced-level courses have the opportunity to participate in our project every two years. Stay tuned and get your Spanish ready for our next adventure in 2018!!
Check out these videos to learn more about each of our trips.
Germany Exchange Program
Hartford High School has established an exchange with two high schools in Germany: the Max Planck Gymnasium in Trier, and the Julius-Springer Schule in Heidelberg. We travel to Germany every two years, just as we host them every two years. The next trip to Germany is planned for spring of 2018! Below is a brief account of our recent trip to Germany, and a link to the German Exchange Program website with more details.
On April 11, 2014 six Hartford High School students departed for a once in a lifetime adventure in Germany. After an exhausting plane ride, the group arrived in Luxembourg at 2 o’clock PM. Already it was such a change of environment from Vermont; the sun was out and trees had leaves on them. The weather was great for the entire two weeks that we were there.
We stayed with host families in each city and did a variety of activities and service-learning projects with each group. The first week was spent in the exciting city of Trier, while week two was spent in historical Heidelberg.
It was a trip of a lifetime, illed with many inside jokes and memories that will last forever. All of us Hartford students consider each other friends by the time the trip ends, which was a little unexpected. To experience such a foreign place, with a group of people all going through the same experiences creates a unique bond. Instead of students shying away from German culture and finding comfort in the familiarity of home within the fellow trip members, the friendships developed allowed students to feel more comfortable to venture into the unknown and explore what Germany has to offer as well as the rest of the world. Click here to get more information on the German Exchange Program