Curriculum and Academic Credits

Academic Curriculum

Our academic curriculum is fully accredited through Sterling College. The credits earned are transferable to any four-year College or University. Students enrolled for the full 16 credits offered are eligible for financial aid through FAFSA.

Each semester presents an integrated course of study organized into four experiential curriculum blocks. Our learning is practical, place-based and combines adventure travel with academic disciplines. This means that core subjects of science, language arts cultural studies rather then being presented as separate classes are integrated into the expedition. Students receive four high school or eight college credits; it is also possible to receive dual credits for both.


    • Adventure Education – “Mountains Within:” expedition leadership, wilderness skills, adventure sports, craftsmanship and homestead skills, wilderness medicine
      Social Studies – “Humans and Nature:” cultural studies and language
    • Natural Science – “Living on Earth:” earth systems, ecology and permaculture
      Humanities – “Finding our Place:” literature, writing, and speech

  • Kroka education is rooted in patient observation of nature. It aims to mobilize all senses and engage student’s thinking, feeling and willing.
  • Kroka education is cooperative: students and leaders work in small and large groups learning how to best utilize the power of community.

As an example of this process, whitewater canoe skills are introduced on the river itself with only the most basic of instructions. Through trial and error through frustration with themselves and their boat partner, through experiencing the water element students develop questions and interest in the subject. The next day they are ready to absorb much of the complex learning that white water canoeing involves. As we paddle, the elements of learning from our curriculum are naturally woven in as they arise: the hydrological cycle at work, the aquatic flora and fauna, the cultural landscape that surrounds the river and its effects on water quality. We practice our value for connecting with people along the way and stories, interviews and life experiences are offered and received. We read about the place, journal, sketch, dialogue at the end of the day. Thus the study of river ecology, hydrology and history compliment our river expedition and river expedition informs the academic learning. We believe that when students live their education fully there is no place for disengagement and boredom and the education has a lasting effect on the future of the student.

Kroka Semester Programs are accredited by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
and are offered in partnership with Nahual Expediciones and Sterling College.

Receiving School Credit

Kroka Semester offers rigorous academic programs eligible for both high school and college credit. Kroka Expeditions is one of fifty schools accredited with the Association of Experiential Education. Our programs are accepted by high schools and colleges across the US and abroad. Please talk to your high school or college about credits before semester starts.

To receive high school credit:
Each of the four courses of study during our Semester Programs usually translates into one high school credit. Upon applying to the Semester Program, please direct your school counselor to the Kroka syllabus/curriculum online to make sure your school will honor Kroka courses. We are happy to speak directly with your academic dean or guidance counselor at any time to explain the nature of the rigorous academic semester curriculum and how your experience will enhance your future school achievements.

Kroka offers letter grades and a comprehensive narrative evaluation. However, if your school needs to obtain a letter grade, we will accommodate that request to make sure you get fully credited. You may be required to bring your Kroka portfolio to school or to present orally to your school’s curriculum committee upon semester completion.

To receive college credit:
You can currently receive 16 credits through Sterling College in Vermont. These credits are fully transferable to any college or university. The credits are awarded as follows:

Four credits for the Adventure Education course, “AS145-KR Mountains Within” during either Winter or Ecuador semester
Four Social Studies credits for “HM/SS145-KR” during the Winter semester.
Four Cultural Studies credits for “HM/SS145-KR” during the Ecuador semester.

Four credits for the Humanities course, “HUM 110 Finding Our Place” during either Winter or Ecuador semester
Four science credits for “LSC 110 New England Ecology” during the Winter semester
Four science credits for “LSC 260 Sustainable Living on Earth” during the Ecuador semester.

Once accepted to our semester program, to arrange for credit you need to complete the Sterling Credit Application Form for each course found on this webpage along with your high school transcript to Sterling College; you will then be assigned a student ID number. There will be a fee of $500 per course payable to Sterling College. Upon successful completion of the course, Kroka staff will submit the final grade to Sterling College and they will then send your grades in the mail. In the future you can request a transcript from Sterling College to submit to another college.

This is a second option for students who have already graduated from high school. Students must apply using an expedited application process and enroll at Sterling. After successfully completing the Kroka semester, students are eligible to then enroll at Sterling in the next semester or they may defer admission for up to one year. At the completion of the semester, students must write an additional narrative detailing their learning throughout the semester to support the physical portfolio of work they create during the program.

NOTE: Once a student is enrolled through Sterling, they are then eligible to submit a FAFSA to RECEIVE FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID FOR THEIR KROKA SEMESTER. This is an exciting option for those students who have already graduated high school and could use the financial aid for their program. ADDITIONAL NOTE: Students who receive federal aid will no longer be eligible for the Kroka scholarship that they were already awarded, nor aid through the sliding tuition scale. This will be handled on a case-by-case basis to ensure clarity between families and the Kroka business office.

In addition, Sterling College grants a $10,000 scholarship towards annual tuition for Kroka Semester Graduates! If you are at all interested in this school, this opportunity is incredible!

For any questions relating to school credit, please call us at 603-835-9087 or email us.