While students enjoy standard field trips related to their classes throughout the year, each grade also organizes overnight trips which provide opportunities for focused group interaction and exposure to sights and events farther away than the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Early in the fall, the sixth grade students travel to Outward Bound at Leakin Park for community and teamwork building activities.
The sixth grade camps at Sandy Point State Park for two nights and spends each day visiting the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and Annapolis Maritime Museum to perform ecological studies linked to the Chesapeake Watershed and bay health. The trip is an extension of sixth grade science and the grade theme of community. Cooperation, academics, and maintaining community within the sixth grade are central to the trip and reinforced through cooperative cooking, team building games, and community reflection. The sixth grade is accompanied by a trained team of eighth grade peer leaders and committed faculty.
The seventh grade students choose to visit one of several museums to explore primary sources of America’s national identity. Locations include the National African American Museum of History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Newseum, National Gallery of Art, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and others.
In the spring, the seventh grade travels to Washington County, staying near historic Harpers Ferry. Students camp, cook, and practice civic service while living together and engaging in place-based learning activities designed around, and integrated with, their seventh grade curricula in social studies, language arts, and science. Additionally, they hike Maryland Heights, navigating by map, analyzing military strategy, and exploring the geography of lands upon which the American Civil War unfolded.
In the fall, the eighth grade retreats for a two-day workshop on the fundamentals of social and emotional intelligence. Through a frame of adventure programming, students experience team, group, and individual games that explore the dynamics of inter- and intra-personal relationships, value clarification, and self-awareness. The goal of this trip is to strengthen students’ connections with classmates and enrich their affective skills.
In June, the eighth grade will make their way to camp at Elk Neck Park, stopping at Gunpowder State Park Hammerman for swimming and water sports activities along the way.