In our article "A Post Graduate Year; what's that?," we discuss rationales - as varied as students - for choosing a transition or gap year before moving on to a student's post secondary endeavors.
Some students may need only additional school work; some students may want to volunteer for a year; others may benefit from a wilderness experience.
We've put together a list of programs and resources that provide a starting points for the kinds of experiences that many students and families seek. You should also find the video above from our college placements friends at Great College Advice of help.
A separate lists of boarding schools that offer post graduate programs can be accessed from this page as well.
Remember that to be successful, this must be time spent working and growing. Hanging out at the beach doesn't count.
A List of Gap Year Programs & Opportunities
Educational organizations that offer programs that can bridge the gap between high school and college:
American Field Service
Amigos de Las Americas
Anake Outdoor School
Audubon Expedition Institute
Au Sable Institute for Environnemental Studies
British American Education Foundation
Bridges: Study Abroad
Center for Interim Programs
Carpe Diem Education
Full Sail Center for Recording Arts
Foundation for Foreign Study
Global Citizens Year
Habitat for Humanity
High Mountain Institute
Leysin American School-Switzerland
Map the Gap
National Outdoor Leadership School
NACEL Open Door
Outreach360 Caminos Long Term Volunteer Internship
Oxford Advanced Studies Program
Rotary International Exchange
Student Conservation Association
Studio Art Centers International Florence
Up With People
The School for Field Studies
Where There Be Dragons
World Learning-The Experiment in International Living
Youth For Understanding
The next group of sites offer web portals into the various gap year programs available to students.:
Find a Gap
Where Are you Headed?
The Center for Interim Programs