Exploring Beyond the Classroom
We love our beautiful campus, but there’s a big, wide world to explore! We’re always looking for learning opportunities outside the classroom, and our yearly class trips challenge students to discover new environments, new people and themselves. These excursions are offered beginning in 4th grade, and each adventure is another way to nurture our kids academically, physically, emotionally and spiritually.
4th Grade — Camp Allen, April 20-21, 2017
Camp Allen is an 860-acre retreat in the piney woods of East Texas. The 2-day outing is an introduction to class trips, and it gives 4th graders a chance to discover an ecosystem different from Austin. Students learn about forest and pond ecology and enjoy team-building activities—and s’mores of course!
5th Grade — Mo-Ranch, April 25-27, 2017
Mo-Ranch is a Christian conference center, summer camp and spiritual retreat nestled in the Texas Hill Country. During the three-day trip, 5th graders enjoyed outdoor activities that promote teamwork, leadership and confidence.
6th Grade — Arizona, April 24-27, 2017
With its dramatic landscapes and rich history, Arizona could be considered the posterchild of the American Southwest. The big highlight of the trip was the Grand Canyon, but students explored much more—like character building, interactive lessons in science and history, and hands-on learning experiences.
7th Grade — Washington, D.C., October 3-6, 2016
Our nation’s capital is a great place to learn about American history, but it’s also an opportunity to witness the gears of government in motion. Each stop on the itinerary enabled students to learn and appreciate the people, places, and events that shaped our country and continue to affect our everyday lives.
8th Grade — Costa Rica, April 23-27, 2017
Over five days, students immersed themselves in “pura vida.” Literally translated as “pure life,” this simple expression epitomizes the culture of optimism for which Costa Rica is famous. We explored the island’s highly lauded flora and fauna, unique geological landscape, and the warmth and kindness of the Tico people.