Each new Semester Off student attends individual meetings with a senior staff member and a career counselor. These meetings allow us to gain a preliminary understanding of the student and the challenges faced in college. We work with the student to help customize aspects of the Semester Off experience according to his/her talents and interests. Referrals are made to learning and mental health specialists, as appropriate.
The program is 10-14 weeks in length depending on the semester and runs Monday through Friday. Each day begins at 9:00 A.M. and the end time varies based on the day. Staff are present and students may utilize their services until 5:00 P.M. most days. While many of the hours each day are structured, there is also self-directed and elective time built into each day. As appropriate, students may spend time during the week taking classes at nearby colleges, working a part-time job, and/or attending appointments with therapists, psychopharmacologists, and others. Semester Off boasts a student to staff ratio of 6:1 at its capped enrollment.
Details regarding the day-to-day schedule are reviewed with a prospective student and family during the Admission process.