High School Field School
June 12-July 9, 2016

High School student screen the soils she just excavated

Our High School Field School is your opportunity to participate in archeological research and learn about prehistoric peoples. Working with our staff and interns, you will learn foundations in field excavation, laboratory processing, and how archeologists develop interpretations based on their research. High School Field School is a great way to explore your interest in archeology and science!

High School Field School – June 15-July 9: Students with no experience in archeology can register for one of the first three weeks of the session. You can register for one week or as many as four. During this field school, you learn archeological field and laboratory techniques. The longer you enroll, the more you learn!


Program & Tuition:

  • 1 Week: $850
  • 2 Weeks: $1675
  • 3 Weeks: $2500
  • 4 Weeks: $3300

Limited scholarship support for girls is available through our Women in Archeology scholarship.

Tuition includes room; breakfast, lunch, dinner (Monday-Friday); supplies, and instruction. Students should arrive on the Sunday before their program starts and depart the Saturday after their program ends. Please see the High School Field School Frequently Asked Questions Guide and Gear List for details. Parents are responsible for arranging their child’s transportation to and from Kampsville. Shuttle service from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (St. Louis, MO) or the Alton, Illinois Amtrak station is available for an additional cost.

High School students learn how to excavate and map

Students must be at least 13 years of age and a maximum of 17 to register. High school seniors are welcome, but graduated seniors should enroll in Adult Field School.

Students staying for more than one week can do laundry, visit local cultural sites, and relax on the weekends. Weekends are fully supervised. While we do not have regular food service on the weekends, breakfast and lunch foods are available. We cook out or eat at a local restaurant for dinner. Students should bring spending money.

Accommodations: While in residence, students stay in one of the CAA’s dormitories. Dormitories are basic, bunkhouse-style living facilities without TV or internet. Rooms are at minimum double occupancy. The total number of roommates is based on program enrollment, with a maximum occupancy of four. Boys and girls have separate sections of our dormitory, with a monitored door dividing the sections. Separate shower and restroom facilities are provided. Adult chaperones are on duty 24/7. Our facilities are approved by the Illinois Department of Public Health, and meet the Illinois Youth Camp Act’s criteria.


Is This Program Right for Me?: If you are a hardworking individual interested in archeology, who doesn’t mind physical work during the summer, who loves getting dirty, and who enjoys being outdoors, you’ll enjoy our program.

Enrollment Process:

We are currently updating the site for the 2016 season. Applications will be available in December 2015!

Registration for the program closes one week prior to the start of each session. Enrollment is limited to 18 students per week.

High School & College Credit Options for High School & Advanced High School Field Schools

High School Academic Credit: Many students have received credit through their high school for participation in our program. Our staff will work with the guidance/academic counselor at your school to meet the school’s credit criteria. Contact the Director of Education for details. Please note that students may apply for Lewis & Clark Community College credits.

College Credit Option: Through our partnership with Lewis & Clark Community College, Godfrey, Illinois, we are able to offer 2 credit hours for students who are at least 16 years old after January 1, 2015. The following options are available:

  • One Week Program: To earn 2 credit hours, students who enroll in one week of High School Field School will need to complete a small project during your time with us. There are many different project options!
  • Two or Three Week Program: To earn 2 credit hours, students will have to enroll in two or three weeks of High School Field School program. Because students will be involved with the program for two, three, or four weeks, no project is required.

Grading/Evaluation: Students are evaluated on his/her performance in the program and, if applicable, the quality of the research project. To receive a positive evaluation, students must participate in all aspects of the program: field excavation, laboratory work, and supplemental sessions. They must also demonstrate a positive attitude, good work ethic, motivation to learn, and willingness to work collaboratively with staff and fellow students.

Registration Process: Registration for college credit will occur the first day of the field school at the Center for American Archeology. A representative from the Lewis & Clark Community College’s Tri-County Community Education Center will be available to register interested and qualified students in Anthropology (ANTH) 265 – Archeology in the Field. For more information about Lewis & Clark Community College can be found on their web page: www.lc.edu.

If you have any questions, please contact the CAA at education@caa-archeology.org or 618-653-4316 for more information.