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Elementary Field Trips
Learning in the Elementary Program often goes beyond the classroom walls. Many of our field trips are designed to enhance our science, health and social studies units. Other trips encourage the bonding of friendships between students, staff and parents.
Some of our day trips include:
- Santa Cruz County Fair
- Monterey Bay Aquarium, Moss Landing and Long Marine Labs
- Elkhorn Slough and Ano Nuevo
- Productions through Shakespeare Santa Cruz
- The Discovery, Egyptian, Natural History and Tech Museums
As part of our Social Studies program our older elementary grades take longer trips to visit places such as the California Missions, San Francisco and Sacramento for special events and units of study.
Outdoor Learning: Year-End Field Trips
It is our tradition to complete the academic year with an Outdoor Education trip to the Sierras.
Third and Fourth Grades Science Camp Trip
Third and Fourth grade students go to the Sierra Outdoor School (SOS) near Sonora, California in May. SOS is an outdoor education school that teaches a wide variety of science and social science curriculum.
One of the main goals of this program is to educate in a real environment with hands-on learning. There are many other kinds of learning and growth on this trip, which include students developing independence, learning about organization, practicing social group living skills, shopping with their own money and practicing good manners and behavior in a new environment. These experiences provide valuable life learning opportunities and help to bond students and build positive memories.
Fifth Grade Camping Trip
This trip is a weeklong excursion into a wilderness area, a tradition at the school since 1983. During our trip to one of these areas students are involved in activities that develop self-and group-awareness, positive social skills and environmental consciousness.
As a group, the students are involved in a variety of activities that emphasize trust, cooperation and mutual respect. Individual students have to depend on the group to successfully complete a challenge, and the group has to work cooperatively to achieve a common goal. All of the challenge activities are introduced in a way that encourages safety, success and fun!