Signature Programs


You feel the excitement building each spring as students and faculty make their preparations for Interim, a weeklong program of experiential learning in March. Each Interim experience reflects the School's core values of courage, compassion, open-mindedness, curiosity and self-reliance. 

FVS participates in Interim based on the philosophy that it provides students with the opportunity to expand their intellectual, cultural and social horizons beyond the classroom. Some groups stay close to campus and some cross borders, but all immerse themselves in learning-by-doing journeys that capitalize upon the diverse talents and interests of the FVS faculty. Experiences gained and friendships forged on Interim provide some of the richest memories students carry with them from Fountain Valley.

2017-18 CHOICES

List of 17 items.

  • Marine Biology at Forfar Field Station: Andros Island, Bahamas

    Students will study marine biology, botany, oceanography, ichthyology and subtropical ecology at a research field station on a sparsely populated island 140 miles off the coast of Florida.
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  • Art History and Architecture from Rome to Paris

    Traveling to Rome, Florence and Paris, students will experience extraordinary works of art and architecture that will enhance their knowledge of the past and enrich the lens through which they see the present.
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  • An Insider’s China: Culture, Adventure and Service

    As you learn to make dumplings with a Beijing Hutong family, perform service work in Bayi Middle school where President Xi/jiping attended, and practice Taiji at the Temple of Heaven, you will discover the diversity of China.
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  • Discovering Cartagena, Colombia: A City by the Sea Re-Discovering Itself

    This picturesque city by the sea, once overrun with the anarchy of pirates and drug wars, is now a place of exciting rebirth. Understanding the state of Colombia today and the work of socially engaged Colombians will provide you with the chance to grasp many pressing global issues: wealth disparity, peace after war, and sustainable economic growth.
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  • Guanajuato, Mexico: Language and Culture in Beautiful Colonial Mexico

    Your Spanish language skills will come alive in the beautiful colonial city of Guanajuato, México. Spanish language immersion and Mexican culture will become second nature after personalized, intensive daily classes, and a six-night homestay with a local family.
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  • Exploring the Cultures and Terrain of the Canadian Pacific Northwest

    Part outdoor adventure and part exploration of this region's vast cultures including the First Nations peoples, this Interim will explore the geography, history and culture of British Columbia.
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  • Exploring Denver's New Urbanism: Challenges of Growth, Opportunities to Thrive

    From a vacation rental near downtown Denver, participants will venture out each day to explore several major themes which together constitute “Denver’s new urbanism.” These include urban revitalization, social policy and urbanism, urban green spaces, urban farming, herbal health and wellness practices.
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  • Canyon of the Ancients: Backpacking Slickhorn in the Utah Backcountry

    Hiking down into Slickhorn Canyon is like entering a living museum.  Inside are ancestral
    Puebloan ruins over 750 years old: cliff dwellings, pottery, pictographs and petroglyphs—even a
    pair of sandals over 1,000 years old!
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  • Flavor and Savor: Food on the Front Range

    If you’re interested in a holistic approach to food, this Interim is for you! During this week-long experience, you will have many opportunities to develop your cooking skills, your appreciation for slow food, and your awareness of the impact of our food choices on our health and the environment.
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  • Kayaking Florida's Greatest Rivers, Swamps and Springs

    We will explore North Central Florida and Southern Georgia, using Suwannee and Crooked River State Parks as our base camps. Each day, we will travel to various nearby rivers and springs for a full day of paddling.
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  • Live and Local: Exploring Treasures of the Pikes Peak Region

    Based in Colorado Springs, the Live and Local Interim aims to take advantage of our unique location by studying and visiting many of Colorado’s attractions.
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  • March Madness in the Midwest

    So you think March Madness is just about basketball? Think again! From mathematics and statistics to economics, this crazy American pastime generates millions of revenue for cities across the nation. We will travel to Wichita, Kansas, to immerse ourselves in the first round of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
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  • Pacific Coast Cycling: Big Sur, California

    Trekking down the California coast from Monterey to San Louis Obispo via Big Sur on a bike will be breathtaking!
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  • Ribs, Rock ‘n Roll, and Race: America’s Southern Roots

    On this trip to the Mid-South, students will see American History come to life by visiting places important to the Civil Rights Movement as well as key locations that led to the blending of races through music. The week-long journey will take us to three primary stops: Memphis, Tenn., Clarksdale, Miss., and Nashville, Tenn.
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  • Kayaking The Sea of Cortez

    This trip will feature eight days of paddling through the waters of the Loreto National Marine Park, where the teeming sea life feeds on the rich waters that support one of the most diverse marine ecosystems anywhere (famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau called it The World’s Aquarium). We will paddle from the little town of Loreto up the coast to Isla Coronado and then cross over to Isla Carmen.
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  • Catalina Odyssey: Tall Ships Voyage of Discovery in California

    As a crew member of the 100-ton schooner, "Spirit of Dana Point," you will embark on an exciting voyage to Catalina Island near the southern California coast in the Pacific Ocean.
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  • Freshman Interim

    The theme of Freshman Interim is the The Heritage of Colorado, and it allows students to investigate one of four topics.
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