Challenge Program

create a personal experience

Andrews Academy believes that education need not be limited to the formal classroom setting. The Challenge Program is for individuals who desire a personal, creatively designed learning experience.


  1. Adventure: A challenge to the student's daring, endurance and skill in an unfamiliar environment.
  2. Creativity: A challenge to explore, cultivate and express the student's own imagination in some aesthetically pleasing form.
  3. Service: A challenge to identify a human need for assistance and provide it; to express caring without expectation of reward.
  4. Practical Skill: A challenge to explore a utilitarian activity, to learn the knowledge and skills necessary to work in that field, and to produce something for use.
  5. Logical Inquiry: A challenge to explore one's own curiosity, to formulate a question or problem of personal importance, and to pursue an answer or solution systematically and, wherever appropriate, by investigation.
  6. Spiritual Exploration: A challenge to broaden and deepen the horizons of the student's personal religious experience.
  7. Public Report: A challenge to prepare a report on the activities undertaken, to be presented at a public forum at a time and place acceptable to the Academy.

This program provides experiences where the student does not only write but acts; does not only solve familiar theoretical problems but applies what is known to real situations. The program includes isolation in the sense that the student acts independently of day-by-day guidance from school or parents. Rather than subjects and tests lacking the richness of experience, the Challenge Program intends to deal with critical significant experiences which the student anticipates being involved in as an adult.


  1. To provide opportunity for the student to make decisions of importance.
  2. To provide opportunity for training in decision-making.
  3. To provide opportunity for the student to make decisions independently, with the role of parents and teachers being limited to facilitators.
  4. To provide opportunity for the student to demonstrate knowledge, skill and achievement in real circumstances.
  5. To provide experiences which contain significant self‑confrontation in areas of awareness, adaptability to situations, competence and the student's nature as a person.
  6. To provide appropriate experiences for a transition from school learning to the student's life after school.
  7. To provide experiences which are real (experiential) rather than simulated.
  8. To provide experiences which contain understandable stress and will stretch, but not over‑extend, the student's capabilities.
  9. To provide experiences which develop resourcefulness.
  10. To provide experiences which encourage personal growth through self‑challenge rather than challenging others.
  11. To provide opportunity for the student to direct his or her own growth.
  12. To provide opportunity for the student to contribute to society.
  13. To provide opportunity for the student to deal with issues that confront him or her as a resident of this world.
  14. To provide activities which afford readiness experiences for full and independent lives.
  15. To provide experiences which afford preparation for the world to come.


For summer program:

  • February 15—Approval of program concept
  • Challenge ProgramMarch 1—Final approval of proposal
  • May 20—Completion of all preliminary activities

For first semester program:

  • April 30—Approval of program concept
  • May 15—Final approval of proposal
  • August 15—Completion of all preliminary activities

For second semester program:

  • August 1—Approval of program concept
  • August 15—Final approval of proposal
  • December 15—Completion of all preliminary activities

The cost for the entire program, including regular tuition charges for the credits earned, is the responsibility of the student.