Spring 2020 International Travel Cancelled

A Message from Head Master Steve Murray

After much thought, and to protect the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff, I have decided to cancel all of the School’s international trips. The rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in recent days and the lack of medical data makes short-term planning challenging.  While the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Department of State, and the World Health Organization have, [at the time of writing,] categorized our specific destinations within acceptable travel risk, this guidance has its limits. These organizations do not tell us whether these destinations will be safe in ten days. Nor do they address a country’s medical resources and capacity to respond effectively to an outbreak, let alone whether minor children would be allowed to leave the country rather than be placed in quarantine for an unknown period of time.   

I recognize there is a very real chance that the trips could have gone forward without a problem.  And, of course, nothing would please me more than for my concerns about the spread of the virus to be unfounded.  But my role as Head Master requires me to look not only at statistical data but to weigh the pros and cons of multiple factors, many intangible. 

We ask for your forbearance as we cope with this exceedingly complicated and uncertain situation. Please know that the well-being of all members of our community is our highest priority, and that we are committed to keeping you informed of the steps we are taking to ensure their safety through the duration of this global public health condition.

Please find more information about Coronavirus precautions here.


Harkness Travel Spring 2020

Trip enrollment for all spring and summer 2020 programs begins on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. The deadline to complete and submit the Housemaster/Day Advisor Recommendation to Mrs. Wright and the Application Survey for all trips (spring and summer) is Monday, October 28, 2019.

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  • Appalachia: Fair Trade Learning

    March 4 - 11, 2020
    Immerse yourself in a region in the midst of a reinvention.  Step out of your comfort zones into a landscape rich with natural resources yet struggling to survive and challenge your assumptions of rural communities as you learn to be an agent for change in your own community.
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  • Bali, Indonesia: Science, Sustainability & Spirituality

    March 4 - 16, 2020
    Expand your environmental curiosity through sustainability and ecological engineering, develop a love for the outdoors, and explore unique and vibrant spiritual culture through the arts and food.
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  • Brazil: Envisioning the Future; Exploring the Past

    March 4 - 17, 2020
    Admire the daring creativity of imaginative urban planners and travel back in time by walking down streets that tell fantastic stories of survival and toil, beauty and faith, pain and redemption.  See it all come together where mountains meet the beach, the future meets the past, and Europe, Africa, and indigenous America become one.
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  • Ecuador: Biodiversity Research Expedition

    March 4 - 15, 2020
    Hike through grasslands, camp in a floristically unique environment, and participant in a botanical research expedition to a recently established protected area within a mountainous cloud forest.
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  • Greece: Mathematical and Cultural Perspectives

    March 4 - 14, 2020
    Lead and follow, listen and tell, take in and share; eat, dance, read, ride, touch, and learn how Greek culture contributed to philosophy, language, politics, and mathematics that shaped our world.
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  • Jordan: Peace at the Crossroads

    March 4 - 15, 2020
    Explore a land where ancient wonder meets modern city, where starry-skyed deserts stretch to the sea, and where rich history and storied cultures help illuminate current events that reach beyond borders while we seek to unlock the key to a more just and peaceful world.
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  • Nepal: Himalayan Explorations

    March 3 - 19, 2020
    Travel on an awe-inspiring mystical journey from Kathmandu to Annapurna Basecamp in the breathtaking Himalayas and realize why Nepal is called “Heaven on Earth” and a center of peaceful rejuvenation and sensational wonder.
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Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose.  Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.