Field Studies

Local, regional, and international field trips are carefully designed to complement the curriculum. Students gain not only valuable information and skills, they also gain confidence and independence as they navigate new settings and see the world from different perspectives.
Students go on day trips connected to the curriculum, participate in community building and service-learning experiences off-campus, and also take three extended overnight trips outside of the DC metro area.

Field Trips by Grade

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  • 6th Grade

    Chesapeake Bay
    This overnight trip enriches the 6th graders’ study of culture and climate. Students travel to the Virginia Neck of the Chesapeake Bay where they camp, hike, and sail the Bay. They meet with Chesapeake Bay Foundation scientists to learn how climate change is affecting the Bay’s ecology, hear from fishermen and oystermen about the changing natural resources and economy, and meet with local elected officials to learn about erosion mitigation and climate migration.
  • 7th Grade

    The Road to Justice
    As an extension of their study of the fight for civil and human rights around the globe, students travel to Atlanta and Montgomery to immerse themselves in museums, places, and people who have made the expansion of justice and equality their life mission. Highlights of the trip include a tour of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta, seeing the birthplace of MLK, Jr., experiencing the Equal Justice Initiative’s Monument to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, and walking through that city to see key sites—including the corner where Rosa Parks boarded the Cleveland Avenue bus, which was also the site of a market for enslaved people in the days before the Civil War.
  • 8th Grade

    Costa Rica
    On this week-long trip, students live with host families, are immersed in the Spanish language, and undertake a service-learning project. Students live with families in Copey, work in the organic garden on the grounds of the town’s learning center, tour an organic coffee farm, and build biochar stoves with the community.