Horizons

Leadership, internships, volunteering

Through our signature Horizons program, you’ll develop yourself as a leader, an advocate, and a professional. Best of all: you get to build the Horizons experience that suits you.

Horizons is deeply intertwined with your time at Miss Hall’s. The activities change depending on which grade you’re in, but the entire campus is committed — together — to making time for Horizons every single week.

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We start in ninth grade, focusing on ourselves and our immediate peer group, bolstering social and emotional awareness, and practicing interpersonal skills. From there, we move ever outward, learning from our neighbors and then, in our final years, giving back to the broader community — and gaining valuable experience — through tailored internship opportunities.

These internships consistently set our students apart as they go through the college application process. You might, for example, apply with a strong interest in medicine; after your time in Horizons, you’ll also bring experience working in a medical setting like a doctor’s office or hospital — and letters of recommendation from doctors and nurses.

Find the Horizons experience that’s right for you

One of the best parts of Horizons is that your experience is tailored to your interests. Tell us your interest below and see some of the experiences our students have actually had related to that same interest.

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Experiential Learning at Miss Hall’s

Take a tour of our Horizons program with students and staff

How it works

We are adapting our Horizons programming during the pandemic. Grades 10–12, which previously would have left campus for Horizons work in the broader community, will instead remain on campus to minimize the possibility of exposure and transmission. This hybrid program for 2020–2021 is designed to engage remote learners, too. For more on how we’re adapting our programming to support our community, please email us at info@misshalls.org.

  • 9th grade: Self, identity, and community. You’ll work with peers to learn about — and put into practice! — principles of equity and inclusion, health and wellness, and leadership. Specific topics include intersectionality, race and ethnicity, ability, citizenship and nationality, nutrition, sex education, media literacy, and financial literacy.
  • 10th grade: Place-based learning. You’ll explore the concept of “place,” and you’ll use our Berkshires home to learn about environmental, cultural, and socio-economic theories. Workshops will include everything from science labs on local waterways to activisim projects.
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  • 11th grade: Student-led projects. This is your year. You pick one of nine different projects that allow you to practice leadership, amplify your voice, and improve your community. You could write for our international literary journal, develop our new TedX conference, work for our campus media team, code a new app, and more.
  • 12th grade: Remote internships and personalized projects. Some students will continue existing relationships through remote internships; others will tackle personalized projects, a unique mix of research and activism that translates our learning into real action.

Our Partners

Miss Hall's students volunteer and intern at more than 75 sites in Berkshire County and beyond, including remote and on-site experiences at government offices, law firms, civic organizations, engineering firms, television studios, healthcare centers, cultural organizations, historic sites, and more. These are some of our partners:

18 Degrees/Redfield House/Berkshire Children and Families
Arrowhead/Berkshire County Historical Society
Barrington Stage Company
Barry & Kinzer Law Firm
Berkshire Athenaeum
Berkshire Botanical Garden
Berkshire County Board of Realtors
Berkshire Family YMCA
Berkshire Food Project
Berkshire Horseworks
Berkshire Immigrant Center
Berkshire Interfaith Organizing
Berkshire Medical Center
Berkshire Music School
Berkshire Museum
Berkshire Place
Berkshire Probate and Family Court, Francis B. Marinaro, Registrar
Berkshire South Regional Community Center
Berkshire Theatre Festival
Berkshire United Way
Berkshire Veterinary Hospital
Berkshire West Athletic Club
Boys’ and Girls’ Club of the Berkshires — Children’s Center
Canyon Ranch
Crosby Elementary School
Conte Community School
Dr. Brian Dempsey
Dr. Vicki Smith
Downtown Pittsfield Inc.
EDM
Egremont Elementary School
Fairview Hospital
Girls Right the World
Girls Who Code
Hancock Shaker Village
Herberg Middle School
Hill-Engineers, Architects, Planners, Inc.
Housatonic Valley Association
Iredale Mineral Cosmetics, Ltd.
IS183
Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival
Kimball Farms Life Care
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
Lenox Cat Hospital
Lichtenstein Center for the Arts
The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center MAPS (Mira’s Alliance for Philanthropic Sustainability)
Mason Library
Mass in Motion/Northern Berkshire Community Coalition
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
MHS Athletics Department — Trainer
MHS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Intern
MHS Greenhouse Assistant
MHS Makes
MHS Media Team
Morningside Community School
The Mount
Mount Greylock Extended CareFacility
MountainOne Investments
NAACP Berkshires
Norman Rockwell Museum
North County Veterinary Hospital
Pittsfield Community Television
Pittsfield Prospers
Pittsfield Veterinary Hospital
Project G.I.R.L.
The Red Lion Inn
Robin’s Candy
ROOTS Teen Center
Senior Independent Projects
Sonsini Animal Shelter
South Street Congregational Church
State Representative Tricia Farley-Bouvier
State Sen. Adam Hinds’ Office
Stephanie Iverson Jewelry
Western Mass Labor Action
Western Mass Physical Therapy
Wingate Residences at Melbourne Place
Zogics

Thursdays aren’t the only days full of exciting activities — check out some real student schedules to see how your days might go

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Check out the stories section of our website to read more about what some of our students have done through the Horizons program

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