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.

2016-17 CHOICES

List of 18 items.

  • Artful Living: Awakening the Connection between Mind, Body and Spirit

    Based in Colorado Springs, but a world away from your daily routine, you will embark on a creative journey of self expression through art, cooking and yoga.
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  • Culture, Concerts and Cowboys in the Lone Star State

    Students on this Interim will experience and discuss the benefits that the performing arts, live music, culinary arts and rodeo bestow upon Austin and Houston.
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  • Exploring Iceland: Geology, Mythology, and Environmental Science

    This unique adventure will draw upon your knowledge of environmental science while you discover the many surprises that this tiny Nordic nation has to offer.
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  • ¡Guanajuato!: Language, Culture and Outdoor Exploration

    Your Spanish language skills will come alive in this Interim. Students will study in small groups with local Spanish teachers in intensive daily classes designed to meet each student's specific needs at their own pace.
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  • Hawaii Scuba Adventure

    Get certified to scuba dive, then explore the underwater world and ecology at a new level.
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  • Hut-to-Hut

    Skiing the backcountry and learning go hand in hand on this Interim. You will learn backcountry ski techniques and teamwork skills, and each student will present information on a research topic. Two environmental biologists will teach alpine ecology.
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  • Journey in the Anasazi World: Slickhorn Canyon

    This backpacking trip will include five days of examining the history and ecology of Slickhorn Canyon that cuts through Cedar Mesa in southeastern Utah.
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  • Kayaking in the Shadows of the Great Smoky Mountains

    This trip is a wonderful opportunity for you to experience the rich ecological diversity and historical significance of the Smoky Mountains while at the same time enjoying a wilderness camping experience.
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  • Normandy-to-NATO: History, Language and Culture in Normandy, Brussels and the Ardennes

    Improve your French language skills, gain an understanding of cultures from the small towns of Normandy and the Ardennes to the cosmopolitan city of Brussels, and bear witness to history in the making as Europe encounters political, economic and cultural change.
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  • Place, Story and People in Seattle

    Spend the week learning about visual storytelling through the lens of Asian immigration in the vibrant city of Seattle.
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  • Red Rock Climbing

    Under the tutelage of the American Alpine Institute, one of the premier guiding services in the nation, you will go through a five-day climbing camp, learning everything from knots to anchors to multi-pitch climbing.
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  • Ribs, Rock 'n' Roll and Race: America's Southern Roots

    On this trip, students will discuss issues of race in America by visiting places important to the Civil Rights Movement as well as key locations that led to the blending of races through music.
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  • Round Square Regional Conference: Experience I.D.E.A.L.S. in Argentina

    A delegation of five FVS students will join Round Square schools from the Americas Region of the Round Square Consortium for a week of immersion in IDEALS (internationalism, democracy, environment, adventure, leadership, and service), April 18-25.
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  • Sports in the Southwest

    Learn the statistics behind fielding a winning team while attending spring training baseball games and other sporting events. Become confident networkers during tours of franchise front offices to get a behind the scenes look at the inner workings of professional and college athletics.
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  • Tall Ships: Catalina Odyssey

    Students will crew the schooner "Spirit of Dana Point" including setting and trimming sails, steering, navigating and learning the ways of the sea.
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  • Thailand-Cultural Explorer

    From teaching English to children in a mountain village, to grooming an elephant, to cooking up your own classic Thai dish with ingredients fresh from the market, you will immerse yourself in the Thai ways of life.
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  • White Rim Mountain Biking

    Along with mountain biking in the American West, you will also be immersed in learning about the natural history, geology, flora/fauna and anthropology of the desert ecosystem and its native peoples.
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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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