Academic Travel Week 2018 is Here!
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5/21/2018 - Students in grades 7-12, along with our dedicated Upper School faculty, are taking their learning on the road this week! Students will have the opportunity to experience hands-on learning in real and meaningful ways. Here is a sneak peek at where students are headed this week:

GRADE 7: GETTYSBURG; LANCASTER COUNTY, PA; NEW YORK CITY 

Students depart early Monday morning to tour the great Civil War battlefield and understand their recent history lessons in a new light.  Students also see the Amish culture and see a biblically themed dramatic production.  Finally students learn about immigration to the United States first-hand as they visit the Tenement Museum and Ellis Island.

GRADE 8:  WASHINGTON, D.C 

Students departed early Sunday morning and will visit the great government buildings and memorials of our nation’s capital.  They tour the Capitol, the Smithsonian (Air and Space Museum), the Holocaust Museum, the Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, and Martin Luther King memorials, and many other sites. 

GRADE 9: CHINCOTEAGUE, VA 

Students departed early Sunday morning and will be visiting a famous wetlands and island protected area off of Virginia.  They work with a local science research field station to do a variety of observations and labs both at sea and on land. 

GRADE 10:  QUEBEC CITY, CANADA 

Students depart Monday morning and will learn about the Native American and French colonial history of North America’s most European city.  There are many opportunities to discuss art and architecture as well as the strategic importance of the St. Lawrence river.  Culinary delights also figure highly in the students’ experiences. 

GRADE 11:  "A Hard Thing" - Rebuilding Houston After Hurricane Harvey 

The Junior Class chooses a “hard thing” that will challenge them physically and mentally. This year the Juniors decided to travel to Houston, Texas to work with a Christian relief organization to rebuild homes for a section of the city that was absolutely devastated last fall. The students will be working long days in the Texas heat and will push themselves to learn new skills and be a witness to those around them. If you'd like to make a donation towards their efforts you can do so here

GRADE 12:  NEW YORK CITY  

The Senior Class left Sunday morning to embark on an ethnic and cultural tour of cosmopolitan New York City.  They will visit Jewish, Chinese, African American, and Italian neighborhoods.  They will also visit the great historical and cultural treasures of NYC by visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the 9-11 Museum, a Broadway show (Phantom of the Opera), the Tenement Museum, walk the Brooklyn Bridge and circle Manhattan Island by boat. 

Why do we do this? While the classroom is a wonderful place to learn, the opportunity to venture out of the predictable space where routines have been established can energize learning in some special ways. Academic Travel Week gives students an opportunity to “take their learning on the road” and privilege the direct experience, the hands-on experience, rather than the mitigated experience of the textbook.

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