Day Students

Keeping Health + Safety at the Center

In a typical year, EXPLO offers both day and residential programs. In this time of COVID, we are planning with caution in mind and for now, that means minimizing coming and going from campus. It also means at this time that we cannot guarantee that we will offer a day program option. We will continue to review the situation in the coming weeks and months and may add a day option back into our programming as we move close to summer. The information below reflect’s our past year’s programming. For the most up-to-date information on our COVID-19 planning, please visit our FAQ page.


What’s in Our Day Program?

More than you can imagine.

Families interested in the EXPLO Boston program for day students choose from two options: the signature 3-week session or the 1-week sampler session (we call it EXPLO Mini).

Students who choose the 3-week option enjoy many of the same perks as our residential students, including:

All day students enjoy a healthy lunch buffet — including options for students with allergies and dietary restrictions — and can take advantage of our bus transportation to and from 18 local communities. A variety of Extended Day options are also available for day students, depending on which program you enroll in.



Daily Check-In and Check-Out

As a day student, you will be placed in an advisory group with two advisors and other residential and day students. Your Advisors will check in with you every morning and throughout the day to keep you up-to-date with all of the activities and events available at EXPLO, and to help you get the most out of your EXPLO experience.

Attendance and Check-In — Day students will meet with their Advisors every morning at 9:00 a.m. to check in and get information on the day’s events. Advisor Groups meet in their designated meeting locations each morning to check in and begin their day together.

Check-Out Procedure — All day students are required to check out prior to leaving campus at the end of the day, regardless of the time or method of departure. Students leaving by bus or car at 4:00 p.m. or by car at 8:30 p.m. will check out with the staff member in the designated parking lot.

Evening Programming and Overnight Opportunities

EXPLO Boston offers an extended day program for three-week day students that allows them to stay through the evening and glean as much of the EXPLO experience as possible. Day students who stay late will eat dinner at the program before participating in evening activities and events until 8:30 p.m. each night. Day students are also welcome to sleep over in the Wheaton dorms two nights a week. It’s a great way to test sleeping away from home and build independence.

Extended Day + Overnight Meal Fee: Students arriving for breakfast, or staying for dinner or an overnight are charged a small additional fee to cover dinner and/or breakfast. This fee is deducted from the student’s Trips + Sundries Account.

Weekend Trips

Weekend trips are a chance to experience a side of EXPLO not found on campus and make new friends along the way. All residential students participate in weekend trips and day students are highly encouraged to take part in them as well (though they’re not required to do so).

Healthy Dining

No need to worry about packing a lunch — we’ve got that covered! EXPLO Boston day students are offered a daily lunch buffet with an array of healthy options and fan favorites. To ensure the health and wellness of all of our students, we work closely with the Wheaton College dining services to provide options for students with food sensitivities and food allergies, as well as vegetarian and vegan options.

Extended Day + Overnight Meal Fee: For students who choose to stay for the evening or overnight, dinner and/or breakfast is provided for a nominal fee. This fee is automatically deducted from the student’s Trips + Sundries Account.

Day Student Transportation

Bus Service
Our fleet of buses travel throughout Boston and Metro West communities every Monday through Friday. Download our schedule below for complete pick-up and drop-off locations and times.

There is a $25 weekly fee for this service.

Download EXPLO Boston Schedule

Carpool Lists Available

In addition to our bus service, day families may opt into our carpool list to coordinate transportation with other families in their area. For more details, contact our Admission Office.

Extended Day Options

All Day students are welcome to arrive as early as 7:30 a.m. and join us for breakfast each weekday. Students can also stay for dinner for a small additional fee. EXPLO Mini day students must be picked up by 6:00 p.m. Three-week day students can stay as late as 8:30 p.m.

Extended Day + Overnight Meal Fee: For students who choose to stay for the evening or overnight, dinner and/or breakfast is provided for a nominal fee. This fee is automatically deducted from the student’s Trips + Sundries Account.