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Experiential Learning

Experiential learning at Loomis Chaffee is about you owning your education—allowing you to delve deeply into areas of interest and to learn by doing. Through active engagement with a subject of interest, you will develop a deeper, more profound level of understanding, thereby enhancing your learning experience.

The Office of Experiential Learning works closely with faculty, alumni, and parents to help develop, coordinate, implement, and manage experiential learning and enrichment opportunities for students. These may include jobs, internships, scientific and scholarly research, volunteer work, shadowing opportunities, academic and scholarly competitions, summer programs, travel and language programs, online learning, conferences, independent study projects, senior projects, and gap years.

Whether you have an interest you'd like to pursue in more depth, or seek to discover a new passion, the office is available to counsel you and help you navigate the many available resources.

Current students and parents are encouraged to visit the Experiential Learning portal page for more information and tools for pursuing student interests.

Fred J. Kuo
Director, Experiential Learning/
Associate Director, Alumni & Parent Relations
(860) 687-6091

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Meet the Director

Prior to his arrival to Loomis in 2015, Fred spent 20 years professionally in higher education. Most recently, he was at Fairfield University for 13 years with undergraduate admissions (4 years) and student activities (9 years). Among the other institutions Fred has worked at are: University of Wisconsin - Madison, University of Connecticut, University of San Francisco, and Merrimack College all in various areas of student affairs including residence life, orientation, student activities/leadership development, Greek Life, and athletics.

Fred is passionate about working with students and helping them maximize their potential through the various opportunities available to them. As director, he will be working with faculty, alumni, & parents to create co-curricular experiences that will help students get a better understanding of themselves through their passions and interests. Fred has a master's degree in education (Organization & Leadership) from the University of San Francisco and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of Connecticut. He resides in Hamden, CT with his wife and three children.

Current and Past Opportunities at Loomis Chaffee

Learn about some of the current and past experiential learning opportunities that Loomis Chaffee students have engaged in through the following news articles:

Harvard Economics Challenge
WiSTEM Alumni Panel
Hartford Stage Career Day

Prior Academic Years:
NASA project
Model United Nations trip
Leon An’s osteoarthritis research
Guided Research Program
Senior projects
Experiential learning abroad
Summer volunteer work in Thailand

Summer Programs and Gap Years

The Director of Experiential Learning works closely with students to identify ways to incorporate experiential learning opportunities into their Loomis Chaffee experiences. Supporting students as they explore exciting and meaningful ways to spend their summers (working, doing an interning, volunteering, or conducting research, etc.) is crucial to this role, from helping students brainstorm areas of interest to writing a resume and applying for positions. Similarly, the Director provides ample support for students interested in pursuing a gap year after graduating from Loomis, whether helping the student determine if a gap year is right for him or her, or deciding how the student would use that time away from school.

ExCEL Network: Alumni, Parent, and Community Involvement

Help us build our ExCEL Network: Experience, Connect, Engage, Learn!

Alumni, parents, and other Loomis Chaffee community members play an important role in identifying and cultivating experiential learning opportunities for current students. Members of the ExCEL Network may support the program in a number of capacities, such as:

  • Provide an internship program or research opportunity during the school year, during school breaks or over the summer
  • Serve as a contact person for students who are interested in a particular career or field of work
  • Talk to groups of current students about a career or field of work on a panel or at a career fair

To become a part of the ExCEL Network and to support the experiential learning initiative at Loomis Chaffee, please fill out the following survey. Questions may be directed to Fred J. Kuo, Director of Experiential Learning at fred_kuo@loomis.orgor (860) 687-6091.

Experiential Learning News

Student-Curated "Harmony" Mercy Gallery Apr. 25

"Harmony," an exhibition featuring collected works from the Albers Foundation, and curated by Loomis Chaffee students, will be presented in the Sue and Eugene Mercy Jr. Gallery from April 25 until May 30. The opening reception is Tues., April 25, at 6:45 p.m.

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