Learning in the classroom is essential – it forms the foundation of skills and knowledge that lead to external successes – but it has its limitations. Throughout the year, students in Grades 6-12 on both campuses have multiple opportunities for international travel, from the required Trip Week (typically the first week of September for Grades 7-10, and in the spring for Grade 6), to athletic competitions and international music festivals, to holiday and summer trips through the REAL Activities Program.
Grade-level trips are part of the Upper School's educational program and serve an important social function by allowing students and teachers to get to know one another in a relaxed atmosphere and in turn, setting up great friendships and relationships for the coming year. During Trip Weeks, both planned and spontaneous opportunities arise for students to practice being risk takers and communicators; to develop their "head, heart and hand"; and to be responsible for their actions – all in situations outside the predictable environment of a classroom. Such experiences are essential in helping students grow and mature.