Elevation Outdoor Course

We are currently planning to offer Elevation in-person in June 2020-21. This may be subject to change depending on required social distancing measures next year. For now, we encourage you to register! We will update you as more information becomes available.

Elevation is a multi-day outdoor course for youth ages 14-18.

Williamsburg Learning schools contract with Williamsburg Adventures, LLC to provide students the opportunity to gather with their mentors and peers in the incredible mountains and canyons of the Southwest. Their purpose in gathering is to become elevated in their leadership and relationships.

Physical activities vary by location and season and may include rock climbing, rappelling, ascending, canyoneering, survival, archery, astronomy, yoga, and more.

We believe that nature is an indispensable teacher for youth.  Elevation takes us out of our day-to-day activities and places us in direct contact with mentors, peers, and the natural environment, causing us to engage in introspection and ponder the meaning of life.  We often come away from activities in nature with a deepened sense of our own existence and a more profound respect for life.

Nature also has a perfect accountability system.  It does not bend to our whims.  It will produce abundantly if nurtured, but it refuses to be coerced.

Nature teaches us the importance of physical and mental preparation, and it helps us develop the ability to rapidly adapt to changes. In natural environments the consequences of one’s choices are immediate. Rock climbs, canyoneering expeditions, simulations, physical competitions, team challenges, and rappels have a way of bringing out students’ natural leadership abilities. They learn to be responsible for the food, water, physical safety, and emotional health of themselves and others. They get used to high-risk situations and learn to perform under pressure. Their endurance, physical and mental strength, balance and agility are tested and enhanced. They also gain insight into their lives and relationships during guided solo time in nature, away from other students and far away from iPods, makeup, video games, and cell phones.


Elevation is open enrollment, subject to the following guidelines:

  1. Students must be between 14 and 18 years old by the end of the academic year.
  2. Students must complete the 9th grade and be 14 before the enrolled session begins.
  3. Students who wish to participate in June Elevation sessions must have successfully completed five or more high school courses during both Fall and Winter semesters. Seniors who do not need to complete five high school courses Winter semester of their senior year to graduate still qualify for Elevation if they take the minimum number of courses required for graduation.
  4. LAU will pay for one session of Elevation for students once each year at the end of 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. LAU will NOT pay for Elevation for students completing the 8th grade, even if they are 14. All students registered for Elevation will be screened to make sure all requirements are met. Students do not need to take summer courses to participate in Elevation.
  5. Students must be in a state of sound mental, physical, and emotional health, and be prepared for vigorous physical and mental/emotional activities. If you have questions about physical readiness, email jennifer@williamsburglearning.com.

Academic Credit

Students may earn 0.5 PE credit (per session) at their school by attending and fully participating.

Schedule & Cost

Elevation is held annually in June. For students to be eligible to attend Elevation, they are required to attend LAU for the entire school year. Students must have successfully completed at least 5 classes in both the Fall and  Winter semesters (for a total of 10 classes minimum). The cost for Elevation is $500 per student. LAU will pay for one session of Elevation for students each year. LAU parents who want their non-qualifying children to participate in Elevation, or want qualifying children to participate in more than one Elevation session per year, have the option of paying private tuition for Elevation through Williamsburg Academy, and receiving credit for the course through Williamsburg Academy if the child meets Williamsburg Academy’s eligibility requirements. Please note that LAU cannot transfer high school credit from Williamsburg Academy for 8th-grade students who participate in Elevation.


The cost for Elevation is incurred several weeks in advance. All participants must be fully committed by April 1. Before April 1st, LAU students may drop Elevation or switch enrollment to another session that has open seats. After April 1st, requests to switch enrollment from one session to another must be approved by the Adventures Director at Williamsburg Adventures. If students cancel after the April 1 deadline or do not attend Elevation, LAU will NOT pay for Elevation for that student again that year. Emergency situations will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Upcoming Sessions

2021 Sessions in Veyo, Utah

  • June 7–11
  • June 14–18
  • June 21–5
  • June 28–July 2

Equipment, Travel and Other Details

Elevation Outdoors creates a unique website for each session that lists all details, including location, equipment, schedule, activities and workshops, travel, facilities, academic assignments, etc. A link to this site is emailed to parents and students so they can prepare.

How to Register

Register for Elevation at your Williamsburg Learning school in the same way you select your other courses.

Here’s what students have to say about Elevation

“I have never been in such a place where I could be myself and not have to worry about being laughed at for not fulfilling others’ standards.” Bradley, Class of 2013

“My favorite things about Elevation was the simulation that we did and the people that I met, and the mentors that were there!” Kenzi, Class of 2013

“The best thing about Elevation was the environment. The kids were so friendly and open, such great teamwork opportunities, we weren’t so pressured with time, there were chances to be alone for personal thought and meditation.” Joseph, Class of 2013

“When we didn’t want to do a hard challenge, our new friends would gently push us and help us past our wall of fear.” Kirsten, Class of 2012

“The aspect of Elevation I enjoy most is that it gives me the chance to get in touch with the real me; and not only that, but I get to see the real character of my classmates throughout everything, too. To see a classmate saying a prayer before bed, or making friends with someone who feels left out, or to just really care; those are all things that might be witnessed at Elevation that have affected me.” Andrew, Class of 2011

Here’s what parents have to say about Elevation

The best thing about Elevation is “the excitement and vision our child had afterward and knowing the mentors and other students personally gave life to the class experience.” Corina C.

The best thing was “the growth that my daughter experienced in realizing that she could do more than she thought.” Dianna B.