The school organizes a number of special programs or retreats for each class.
These are designed to achieve particular goals within the school. While the ninth grade retreat focuses on integrating new ninth graders into the school, the senior retreat is about the transition from high school to college. The sophomore retreat deals with a number of issues surrounding adolescence, and the junior retreat is intended to encourage leadership among the students.
Adjusting to College Prep. Ninth graders, their senior advisors and some faculty spend the night at the Headlands campus of the Yosemite Institute which is located in the Golden Gate National recreation Area, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge. The retreat program is lead by the senior advisors and includes various activities designed to help students get to know one another.
The focus of the Sophomore Retreat is growing up, self-esteem and wise decision-making. In addition to discussions on these topics, the main group building activity is a rafting trip on the American River.
This retreat is about extending the comfort zone of the students and is essentially an exercise in leadership training. In addition to extensive group discussion and activities, there is an outdoor ropes course. A ropes course is a series 'events' consisting of ropes, cables, logs, and platforms set up 6 inches to 60 feet off the ground. "The course is designed to create situations that promote an increased sense of confidence and a heightened appreciation of the effectiveness a team can create" (Pro-Action Learning).
The Senior Retreat is a three-day program, one day working on the College Prep trail (Greenpicker) at Point Reyes and two days at beautiful Westerbeke Ranch in Sonoma. During the retreat, we address the transition from College Prep to college as well as providing an opportunity for the class to be together in both a formal and an informal setting before graduation to say goodbye.