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Final Admissions Reception of the Season!

Last night The Island School hosted their final Admissions Reception of the season. It is hard to believe that we first kicked off the receptions way back on September 27 in Boston! Last night, prospective students, families, and alumni from the Lawrenceville, NJ area-and beyond! (including Annie Obrecht and Joe Enyck, Spring 2012, who came up all the way from Maryland!)-gathered at the Lavino Field House at The Lawrenceville School to hear about The Island School semester and summer term programs. As you can see, there was a great turn out!

Thank you to all of the families that hosted The Island School’s Admissions Receptions throughout the fall and winter! The Island School is accepting applications through February 15th. Please click here if you are interested in applying or share this link ( with any potential Island School candidates you may know!

Teaching Fellowship Positions Open for 2013-14 Academic Year

The Island School’s Teaching Fellowship Program is an opportunity for recent college graduates who are interested in pursuing a career in education. It is an ideal way for future teachers to immerse themselves in all aspects of boarding school life, while receiving the support and training necessary to be successful as educators. As a member of our community, teaching fellows will experience the day-to-day challenges of living on an island while also discovering the rewards of working with young people and other educators who share a similar dedication to academic rigor, environmental issues, and local culture.

The Island School is now accepting applications for the year-long Teaching Fellowships in the following core subject areas:

  • Human Ecology
  • Marine Ecology and SCUBA Diving
  • Environmental Art
  • English Literature
  • History
  • Applied Scientific Research

For further information on the teaching fellowships and instructions on how to apply, please visit our website.


Great Turn Out at Island School Reunion in Boston!

On Saturday, January 5th, over 120 Island School alumni, alumni parents, faculty, faculty alumni, and friends of The Island School gathered at the Marriott Long Wharf hotel in Boston, MA for the first semester-wide reunion in 2 years! The day started off with a strenuous psycho led by the one and only Chris Maxey. The fearless leader led the 35 morning exercise participants along the downtown Harbor Walk (and through the snow!), stopping to do “Nellas”, dips, 8-counts, and of course everyone’s favorite, Island School jumping jacks. To say that we stood out and got a few strange looks would be an understatement!

After morning exercise, attendees had the opportunity to catch up with familiar faces and meet new friends before settling down with lunch to hear from our guest speakers. Cape Eleuthera Institute’s Edd Brooks spoke about his PhD shark research and his partnership with the New England Aquarium’s John Mandelman, PhD.

Edd Brooks, John Mandelman
Edd Brooks, John Mandelman

John focuses on the conservation physiology of marine fishes, predominantly elasmobranchs (the sharks, rays and skates) and their lethal and sublethal blood chemical responses to anthropogenic stressors – such as fishing capture and handling, and acoustic stress – in marine fishes. He is currently partnering up with Edd Brooks and CEI’s Shark Research & Conservation Program. Together they delivered a very interesting presentation that gave alumni an update on the type of research going on at CEI, and also how CEI is moving forward and partnering up with other successful organizations with the New England Aquarium. After Edd and John’s presentation, everyone had a chance to catch up some more, visit the Aquarium, and visit some of the aquarium’s scientists’ wet labs. At the end of the day, alumni left the Marriott and split into their respective semesters for dinner and other evening plans.

Island School Spring 2012
Island School Spring 2012

Thank you all who came to the reunion and made it such a success! We can’t wait to get everyone back together again! To see more photos from Saturday, see our Flickr album here.

Miss out on this reunion? Make sure you update us with your contact information so that you don’t miss out again! Email

Spring 2005 Alumni in Southeast Asia!

This story and photo sent to us by Peter Meijer (S’05) is proof that our Island School alumni truly are located all over the world! Peter was traveling around southeast Asia during the holidays and just so happened to run into a fellow Spring 2005 classmate, Katie White. Katie is currently working for the World Wildlife Fund in Vientiane, Laos. The two got a chance to catch up while enjoying some fresh coconut drinks! Next time you run into a fellow Island School-er or plan a get together with them, be sure to take a picture and send it to!

Katie White and Peter Meijer, Spring 2005, in southeast Asia
Katie White and Peter Meijer, Spring 2005, in southeast Asia

Opportunities with Ocean Exploration Trust

The Ocean Exploration Trust is offering a number of internship and job opportunities that may be of interest to Island School alumni or other friends of The Island School, Cape Eleuthera Institute, and Deep Creek Middle School. Please see the descriptions below or visit the Ocean Exploration Trust’s website for more information.


Applications are now being accepted!

The Nautilus Exploration Program is seeking undergraduate and graduate students and early career scientists for at-sea internships in 2013. See this webpage for details and application materials:

For more information please contact the appropriate Nautilus representatives listed in the application.

DEADLINE: Feb 1, 2013


Applications are now being accepted!

The Ocean Exploration Trust is seeking an oceanographic data systems engineer to support the Nautilus Exploration Program.

See this webpage for details:

Position is open until filled.


Applications will be posted at the beginning of January. We are undergoing some restructuring in our Education Department and apologize for the delay. Please see this website for details, starting in January:

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Alumni Spotlight: Will Overman (F’10)!

Will Overman, Fall 2010

Fall 2010 alum Will Overman recently conquered a huge feat. He hiked the entire, 2,200-mile Appalachian Trial, which runs from Springer Mountain in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine. Will and his father have been hiking together ever since Will was little and they have always wanted to hike the AT together. After Will graduated from high school, he deferred his first semester of college at University of Vermont to hike the AT. He figured that this was the best time to do it “before life got in the way.” Unfortunately life did get in the way for his father who couldn’t take all 5 months off from work, but Will’s dad did join him for the 100 Mile Wilderness and other various legs of the trip. We caught up with Will after he returned and he shared a few highlights of his journey:

Will and his dad
Will and his dad

As for highlights, like my semester at IS, it’s really hard to pin down just one thing I loved more than others. My favorite part of the trail was meeting so many amazing people, and the abundance of kindness those people offered to me, a complete stranger. As for areas, the Whites of New Hampshire were like nothing I had ever seen. Maine was a pristine gem. Vermont lived up to it’s reputation as the Green State. But I have to say that Virginia was my favorite state, although, I am a bit biased because I’m a native. I summited Clingman’s Dome, the highest peak on the trail, the day Sandy hit, and that was pretty wild. She dropped so much snow in the Smokies that I couldn’t walk. The drifts were 4 to six feet. So that was a crazy time on the trail.

The AT was without a doubt one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, and probably will ever do, but every step was worth it, all 5,000,000 of them. So many wonderful people, places, and experiences. A lot of laughs, tears, breakdowns, breakthroughs, and a solidified faith in people. I’m not sure I’ll ever figure out exactly what I got from hiking the trail, I never even really figured out why I did it, but I loved the hell out of, no matter how much it sucked sometimes, and I’m so glad I did it, and so glad to be home.

Congratulations, Will! And welcome home! If any other Island School alumni opted to defer their college acceptances for a semester or a year, let us know what you’re up to by emailing and you may get featured in our next alumni spotlight!

Great Event at Rid-All in Cleveland, OH!

As a native Clevelander, I take great pride in anything Ohio so I was over the moon when I first heard about Rid-All Green Partnership Farm. Rid-All is an exceptional example of not only how Cleveland is making a difference with urban agriculture but also how experiences at The Island School can easily translate to “the real world.” The most direct connection is their closed aquaponics system with Tilapia–sound familiar??

On Saturday December 22, 2012 Island Schools alumni, parents and teacher conference attendees gathered in the cold and snow to tour the farm. Co-founders Randy McShepard and Damien Forshe gave us the history of the urban farm, its progress to today and showed us where all the magic happens. The key to their vision is establishing the farm as a center for education and modeling systems. They have also developed a number revenue streams to sustain the project and ensure it’s ability to thrive and continue influencing locally and nationally the urban farming movement.  For more information on Rid-All please check out their website here.

Please enjoy the photos from our tour and we encourage you to visit this great place if you ever find yourself in Cleveland!  I know this will be the first of many visits by The Island School family and thank you to all who joined us for our first visit!

Happy New Year!–Mary Assini

January 5th Reunion in Boston: Don’t Forget to RSVP!

The January 5th Island School reunion in Boston is coming up fast! We hope you can join us for this all-semester alumni and families gathering, which includes morning exercise, a lecture from CEI’s Edd Brooks and the New England Aquarium’s John Mandelman, as well as a plastics workshop from Fall 2012 alumni. Please make sure you RSVP to! See you then! Happy Holidays!

Reunion Schedule