School News: Three Schools Share Campus in Italy

Fall 2019

Ashley Hall Amalthea Scholars in Italy in February 2019.
Ashley Hall Amalthea Scholars in Italy, as part of the inaugural trip to the shared campus in February 2019.
Photo courtesy of Ashley Hall

Ashley Hall (SC) partnered with Culver Academies (IN) and Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (GA) to open a shared campus in Spoleto, Italy, to further build out their respective global studies curricula with immersive study abroad opportunities. The three schools are longtime members of Spoleto Study Abroad—a nonprofit organization that supports the interdisciplinary study of arts and humanities for adults and secondary school students.

The shared campus, a restored 16th-century property, offers study spaces, dorm rooms, and shared community areas—including a Renaissance garden. It can house up to 24 people, and the program stays range from 10 days to several weeks.

During the 2018–2019 school year, students from all three schools visited the campus. Ashley Hall students explored historic, artistic, and scientific sites as part of the school’s Amalthea Scholars course; Rabun Gap upper school students and faculty toured the city and attended cooking classes; and Culver students visited churches and temples, took lessons in Italian manners, and volunteered at a convent.
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