Overview and general considerations for

Alzar School Spring 2024 Family Events

Spring 2024 Event Overview

While remaining flexible to the circumstances of the times, we anticipate offering the following events and times in which families can participate in their student’s semester at Alzar School. Please note that all events are optional and that students will be well entertained and taken care of if you are not able to attend the following events. For many of the events, we will also offer virtual options to tune into the activities. A brief description of the events are:

Opening Day – OPTIONAL

  • Date: January 27th, 2024
  • Time: 1, 2-hour Orientation Session between 9am-3pm
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia. SpringHill Suites by Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway; 2091 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337.

Virtual Student/Family/Teacher Conferences – RECOMMENDED

  • Date: April 3rd, 2024
  • Time: varies; 3, 15-min conferences w/ student and teacher
  • Location: Virtual/Zoom

Graduation – RECOMMENDED

  • Date: May 23rd, 2024
  • Time: 12pm-8pm
  • Location: Idaho Campus; Cascade, Idaho

Spring 2024

Event Details

Click on the events below for details. Event registration forms will be available shortly.


Friday, January 26th – OPTIONAL, Spring 2024 Pre-Opening Day Dinner

  • Join Alzar Staff and other Semester 24 parents for a casual dinner and meet-and-greet. 
  • Location: Paper Plane; 816 S Central Ave, Atlanta, GA 30354
  • Time: Anytime between 6:30-8pm

Saturday, January 27th – OFFICIAL Opening Day, Atlanta, GA

  • 1, 2-hour Orientation time block – 9am-3pm
    • We will schedule orientation time blocks according to arrival. Families arriving on the 26th or before are encouraged to select earlier orientation time blocks.
  • Location: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Atlanta Airport Gateway; 2091 Convention Center Concourse, College Park, GA 30337.
    • We will be located in the hotel conference room. The hotel is accessible via the SkyTrain from the Atlanta airport.

Register for Opening Day in Atlanta here.


Wednesday, May 22th – OPTIONAL, Spring 2024 Family Social Hour

  • Social Hour – 4pm-6pm
    • Join the Alzar community and other Semester 24 parents for an on-campus social hour from 4-6pm.

Thursday, May 23rd – RECOMMENDED Graduation Day

  • Challenge by Choice Mini- Expedition – 12pm-2:30pm
    • Choose from 3 on-campus adventure options:
      • Southern Reach excursion – a moderate 3.5 mile hike to the newly acquired Southern Reach property.
      • Perimeter Trail loop – an easy 1.5 mile hike around Alzar’s main campus loop.
      • Barn tour – explore Alzar’s expedition course areas from the comfort of the barn with maps and fun activities.
  • Social Hour on the Campus Green – 2:30pm-3:30pm
    • End your walk or meet up on the Campus Green for light refreshments alongside the entire student body and staff community.
  • Graduation Ceremony – 3:30pm
    • Our public graduation ceremony will commence at 3:30pm. 
  • Graduation Dinner – 6:00-7:00pm
    • Following our graduation ceremony, we will gather for an outdoor dinner at approximately 6:00pm. All are welcome to join us for this community event.
  • Alumni Family Conversation – 7:30-8:00pm
    • A conversation with school leadership and new alumni families. We will have a short presentation on engagement after your student’s semester at Alzar School and tips and tricks on how to best support them back home.
  • Student Closing Ceremony – 8:00pm-late
    • Following dinner, students will transition to a private ceremony during which they have the opportunity to say goodbyes to the faculty and staff. Students are encouraged, and will then most likely wish, to spend the night on campus.

Friday, May 24th – OPTIONAL Pick-up Day

  • Parent Pick-Up Window – 8:00-10:00am
    • If you plan on picking up your student at Campus, please do so between 8-10am. 

Register for Graduation here.

Cascade, Idaho

The Alzar School campus is situated alongside the North Fork of the Payette River in Cascade, ID. Cascade is a small town with lots of history.  The town’s largest industry was the Boise Cascade Sawmill which closed in 2001. The community now serves as a popular tourist destination with an influx of river runners throughout the summer and skiers in the winter!  To learn more about the town of Cascade, visit http://www.cascade.id.us/ or http://www.cascadechamber.com/.

If you would like to stay in Cascade and be close to the Alzar School campus (within a 5min drive), here are some local lodging options. 

  • NoBo HotelBought and remodeled by Hilton in 2022, NoBo Hotel is located in downtown Cascade on Main Street, about a 5-minute drive from Alzar’s campus.
  • Palooza Basecamp – Newly remodeled, the Palooza Basecamp is located in downtown Casdacde above the local eatery.
  • Lake Cascade Inn – Recently remodeled, small boutique hotel toward the north end of town across from the NoBo Hotel.
  • For more options check out TripAdvisor Cascade

McCall, Idaho

A beautiful 28-mile drive north of Cascade, McCall is one of Idaho’s spectacular alpine lake towns.  Situated on the southern end of Payette Lake, McCall is home to roughly 3,000 people. For more information on the City of McCall, visit www.mccall.id.us/.  If you choose to stay in McCall, here are a few lodging ideas. 

  • Shore Lodge – Beautiful lodge located in downtown McCall on Payette Lake. Very nice rooms that open to the beachfront with an easy walk to the center of town. Shore Lodge is home to two of the nicer restaurants in McCall.

AirBnB & VRBO 

Both AirBnB and VRBO offer lots of options for vacation rentals in the McCall and Cascade area.

Spring Family Visit Guide by Alzar School’s Admissions Department

While we are so excited to host you on our campus and elsewhere, we are also sensitive to the inherent risk of gathering students and families from across the country.

  • Please do not travel to campus if you are exhibiting symptoms of an illness or have been in close contact with someone who has been ill.
  • During travel, we want to urge all family members to exercise extra caution while passing through public spaces, airports, on planes, etc. Practicing regular, proper personal hygiene is important and helps mitigate the risk of illness in our community. 


  • Families may be asked to refrain from entering or be limited to time spent in student housing. This is to respect the privacy of yurt occupants and minimize health risks. 

Before and during the semester, you are welcome to purchase anything from the Alzar School store. Simply click here and check out the latest items!

Have questions? Need recommendations?

Please contact Director of Advancement, Anita Cussler (acussler@alzar.org)