The Workshop

The Workshop at Andover promotes a liberal arts education unconstrained by academic disciplines, campus boundaries, and a traditional schedule. This program is founded on the conviction that collaborative, interdisciplinary learning can be a transformative experience for both students and teachers, a pathway that meaningfully connects us to our communities and the natural world.

What is The Workshop?

The Workshop is a program for seniors in their spring term. The main goal of The Workshop is to reimagine what school could be: what if we did away with grades and a traditional schedule? What could we do instead? How deeply could we dive?

In order to facilitate this shift, we require that our students opt in fully. That is, The Workshop is the only academic commitment you take on for your spring term. Because of the interdisciplinary and project-based nature of this undertaking, students will not receive a typical Andover transcript for this term. Instead, faculty will articulate a small group of interdisciplinary credits, and students will provide evidence of learning in these credit areas.

Spring 2022 Theme: Experiments in Education

Information Sessions:

All sessions will take place outside of the OWHL near the lawn (with pizza!)

Wednesday, September 22, 7:00 p.m.

Friday, September 24, 12:15 p.m.

Application Process

This year, applications will be due Monday, September 27 by 8:00 p.m. ET. We will notify students by the end of September. You can complete the application as soon as you are ready.

Want to learn more?

You could start by learning about A Day in the Life of the Workshop. You can also read first-hand accounts from our cohort of students from 2020 and 2021 on The Workshop’s blog.

Whether you’re an interested student or a curious educator, we’d love to hear from you! Contact us at [email protected].

The Latest

five people stand with arms crossed in front of "United States Senate" sign
Daring to Reimagine Access

Learning to be okay with dreaming “too big” and embracing unfinished work

an interior shot of a restaurant with small tables and yellow chairs
The Unexpected Path to Finding Culture and Love

By documenting an Indo-Chinese restaurant, I changed from a demotivated person to one inspired to create

a group of students sits on the floor of a Buddhist temple with a "nunk" wearing a red cloak

A meditation on how learning to embrace fun has become central to authentic discovery in the Workshop

students and a teacher standing in a classroom stretching a string from person to person
Dissatisfaction & Other Common Workshop Crises

Spontaneous prose & letting my ideas breathe

20 students and faculty sit outside near a brick wall
To Each Their Own

How the Workshop curriculum drives us not only to rediscover our passion but also to connect our passions

brightly colored post-it notes stuck on a white posterboard
Dyeing the Past

A reflection about reflecting and how its success is achieved by a combination of structured and experimental learning

Robotics Class

What is the Workshop at Andover?

The Tang Institute will pilot a new model for connected learning and collaboration.


Reimagining Teaching and Learning at Andover

The Workshop at Andover promotes a liberal arts education unconstrained by academic disciplines, campus boundaries, and a traditional schedule.

Looking at a bug

Meet the Team

Meet our faculty and collaborators.