Journey East Crew in Hohhot, ChinaAn information session for students interested in participating in the 2016 Asian Studies Academy and month-long performance tour of China will be held in the music room at Leland and Gray from 6:30 to 8:00 P.M. on Monday, January 26. A second session, for those unable to attend on the 26th, will be held on January 29 in the school library at 6:30. Come meet the teachers and view excerpts from “Finding Your Place,” the student-produced documentary on the program

The Journey East Program was created at Leland and Gray in 2000. Over 250 students from Leland and Gray and area schools have participated. Students from schools such as BUHS, Twin Valley and Green Mountain have brought their energy and talents to the high school in previous years, enriching the program and their home schools and becoming valued members of the Journey East community.

Journey East, welcomes participation by students who do not normally attend Leland and Gray.


 The daylong, semester-long program, which commences in mid-January of 2016, is open to qualified students who are currently in grades 8 – 11.

  • The tuition for accepted students from “choice” towns follows the student to Leland and Gray.
  • Students may elect to attend Leland and Gray for the second semester only or may enroll for the entire school year.

For the duration of a semester in Journey East, participating students in grades 9-12 are engaged in the study of Chinese history, philosophy, geography, politics, literature and film. Additionally, all students are enrolled in classes in Leland and Gray’s AP-certified Chinese language program. All students are enrolled in Chorus and many study instrumental music, as well.

Students also work with Journey East teachers in a course entitled “Production Workshop,” in which they create and produce music/theater/dance/movement pieces that are presented to many thousands of Chinese students and teachers during a month-long study/performance tour of China in March and April.

DSC04442After traveling and studying in Beijing, Guizhou, Chongqing, Sichuan, and Shandong Province, the last several days in China are spent collaborating in music, dance and art workshops with students and teachers at The Arts College of Inner Mongolia University in Hohhot, Inner Mongolia. Working together, these students teach and learn songs and dances from each other’s culture. Those pieces then become part of a final joint performance program.

Once home, students serve as resources in other Vermont schools where they perform and share their experiences and insights into Chinese culture, visiting classrooms throughout Windham County. Each student participant makes presentations to students in the elementary school that he/she attended. Additionally, each student chooses a focus area to study in greater depth and delivers a presentation on that subject to their peers, parents and community members as a final exhibition in June, a capstone project in lieu of a final exam.

Details of the most recent journeys including photos and student essays are available at:

Program photos and student essays for programs from 2002 through 2010 may be accessed at:

Contact Tom Connor for more information. (802-874-4266) or email: