Upper School GSB Students
Upper School GSB Students

2022-23 Spring Unit Catalog

The Spring Unit Global & Experiential Learning Program serves as a cornerstone of Gill St. Bernard's curriculum and educational philosophy. The signature program crosses disciplinary boundaries and challenges students to think critically and practically, serve others, and consider their place in the world.

We are excited to announce the 2023 Spring Unit Course Catalog. This year's Spring Unit will run Monday, May 22 to Friday, June 2. 

The online registration period will begin on Monday, December 12, 2022 with seniors registering first. This process will be completed via a link on students’ KnightSite page. Registration for each grade level will open at 3:00 p.m. according to the following dates: 

  • Monday, December 12 – Senior registration begins
  • Tuesday, December 13 – Junior registration begins
  • Wednesday, December 14 – Sophomore & 9th Grade registration begins

This year’s courses will provide students with a variety of hands-on educational opportunities focused on:

Cultural Immersion

Environmental Sustainability

Experiential Learning

Service Learning

GSB Student Internship Program

Overnight Travel Policy

All students who travel overnight for a Gill St. Bernard's INTERNATIONAL Unit trip will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. The vaccine requirements for international travel include: 

  • Two (2) Moderna or Pfizer covid vaccine OR one (1) Johnson and Johnson covid vaccine AND 

  • One (1) booster of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. 

  • Please provide evidence of these vaccines to our school nurse if vaccination records were not uploaded to Magnus. Vaccination records can be sent to Janice Backer at jbacker@gsbschool.org

Passports and Real IDs

On May 3, 2023, U.S. travelers must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities. Any student who is 18 years or older by the time of their Unit trip must provide either a US passport or REAL ID for domestic or international flights. Learn more about whether you are REAL ID ready.

Students will have a unique opportunity to explore the diversity of lived experiences. Though these experiences may take them to locations locally, nationally, and internationally, the goal is to develop the knowledge, skills, and empathic orientation required to understand multiple perspectives and to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.

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Challenging students to think critically about the environment and our relationship with the world around us.

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Students will learn various activities and skills through active participation. This involves students working directly with experts in any given field to learn and develop specialized skill sets. These hands-on experiences will provide students with a unique opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to a practical setting.

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Community service has long been a tradition at our school providing students with opportunities to gain a deeper appreciation for organizations and causes that assist those in need. Students in these programs will participate in immersive service learning projects that support our broader community.

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GSB’s Spring Internship Program is designed to provide select ​11th and 12th grade students with an opportunity to enhance their educational experience by exploring career possibilities. The internships provide students with an in-depth exposure to regional businesses, educational and medical institutions, legal professions, cultural programs, and community service organizations. ​ 

Interested students should complete an application and submit required documents by Friday, December 2, 2022. Students selected for the GSB Internship Program will be notified by Friday, December 9 and will not need to register for a Unit course. 

Students who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to participate in the program. Details of the application process are outlined below. 

Meet The Team

Tracey Goodson Barrett
Tracey Goodson Barrett

Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Student Internship Coordinator

908-234-1611, ext. 202
tbarrett@gsbschool.org

Margery Schiesswohl
Margery Schiesswohl

Upper School Dean - 9th Grade Level; Performing Arts & Ninth Grade Seminar Teacher

908-234-1611, ext. 463
mschiesswohl@gsbschool.org

Mike Wendell

Assistant Dean of Students

908-234-1611, ext. 256
mwendell@gsbschool.org