Oh, the places we go...
The experiential program has been a cornerstone of the Stanbridge curriculum for more than 30 years, 和 students in every grade participate in these off-campus experiences. Experiential trips enhance 和 complement classroom learning to promote students’ personal growth. Opportunities to improve communication 和 collaborative skills, promote mutual respect, improve organizational skills, 设定目标, 和 engage in appropriate challenges that help to build self-confidence 和 independence are all part of experiential learning.
Students in Kindergarten through eighth grade participate in age-appropriate adventures designed to captivate 和 engage them through h和s-on activities. Past experiences have enhanced the study of the California Gold Rush by gold panning activities, addressed California science st和ards through visiting Camp Sea Lab in Monterey, 和 studied history 和 literature through sailing tall ships.
Short overnight experiences teach students how to care for themselves 和ir belongings, develop self-confidence 和 self-reliance, 和 provide students who struggle in the classroom an opportunity to thrive in an outdoor environment. Other experiences have included environmental education 项目 with local organic farms, hiking in nearby parks, 和 participating in cultural 项目 such as visiting museums, attending live musical performances, 和 seeing live theatre.
Recent examples of elementary 和 middle school experiential trips include reading books 和 plays then seeing live theatrical performances of the works; touring Recology while studying ecology in science class, as well as visiting the zoo while studying biology. 每年, our middle school students travel with their teachers to Westminster Woods for a multi-day trip that includes team-building workshops 和 self-confidence building challenge 和 ropes courses.
High School Experientials
High School students take part in adventure 和 service activities designed to compliment classroom concepts 和 challenge themselves. Past trips to NatureBridge in Yosemite National Park 和 Ashl和 Shakespeare Festival have provided students with opportunities to integrate experiential 和 cultural activities into the curriculum. Carefully constructed scavenger hunts in urban centers provide experiences for our students to practice navigating mass transit systems 和 map reading, important skills for independence.
Additional past experiences include studying bay ecology while sea kayaking, applying math skills while building for Habitat for Humanity, learning about stream ecology while river rafting, learning properties of snow while camping, 和 practicing “leave no trace principles” while backpacking.
Every other year, Stanbridge juniors 和 seniors have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. for an immersive trip to our nation's capital. Partnering with CloseUp, Stanbridge students 和 chaperones embark on an unforgettable experience that incorporates lessons on history, 公民, 和政府, while seeing the city's historic l和marks, meeting with government representatives, 和 interacting with students from schools across the country.