Students in graduation

The Overnight & The Trail

The Freshman Year at St. Benedict's Prep is an intense and demanding 11-month program designed to prepare a young man to be successful in his high school years. Two seminal events begin and end the freshman year experience.

The Freshmen Overnight

The Overnight is an orientation experience wherein all freshmen learn, and buy-in to, the St. Benedict’s ethos. This experience lasts a full week and includes students attending school, completing orientation activities, and sleeping each night on the gym floor.

The Backpacking Project

To close-out their freshmen year experience, students have to complete a 55-mile hike on the Appalachian Trail, all the while traveling in groups of approximately eight students. The purpose of the Trail is to foster leadership and a sense of collaboration among students who are expected to stay together throughout the entirety of the trail.