Spring is approaching and in addition to the season’s assemblies, May Day and other celebratory events, this is also the time of year that many of our students across all divisions embark on exciting field trips
. For example, our Kindergarteners will spend the day at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Recently, our 4th graders traveled to Lake Okeechobee and the St. Lucie Lock System and our 3rd graders go to the Bonnet House in Fort Lauderdale in March... to name a few.
These day excursions prepare our Primary and Elementary students for the extended overnight trips that begin in 5th grade and are a big part of the Middle and High School experience: Our 5th graders spend three days in the Florida Keys at Marine Lab; our 6th graders enjoy a team-building week at Circle F Dude Ranch in Lake Wales; the 7th graders visit Washington D.C. and the 8th graders venture to Costa Rica. Our High School students travel internationally each year. In spring of 2018, they spent a week in Iceland and this year they will head to Peru.
Aside from being great fun, these excursions are significantly beneficial to their social, emotional and intellectual development. Each travel agenda has been created to complement our students' academic curricula, but, by thoughtful design, these overnight trips also encourage students to leave the comfort of campus to experience what books and computers do not convey. They learn by doing and experiencing real life amongst the camaraderie of their friends and faculty. They develop confidence and independence away from home. These trips are extremely structured and highly secured to ensure the optimum safety and supervision of each student, but it only takes a look at the “Favorite Memories” section of our yearbook to validate how fun and meaningful these trips are to our students.- Arvi Balseiro