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What is a Gap Year?

An gap year--also known as an Interim Year--is a year taken after graduating from high school and before going on to college during which students choose alternatives to mainstream education. It is a time to recharge, rethink ,and participate in opportunities that might include work, travel, internships and community service, or even academic programs in new settings. Some are semester long, while others are year-long options.  It is recommended that  students work with their counselors to apply to colleges and then defer their enrollment. Most colleges are open to deferment, especially when the student is able to present a well-planned and thought-out Gap Year program.
 
This following list represents a fraction of the opportunities that are possible. It is meant to be a starting point for researching opportunities. The links below are in no way endorsed by the AOS, but  ae simply provided as additional resources.
 
Last Modified on February 20, 2014