One aspect of the educational process is learning outside of the classroom. This takes place in many ways depending on the grade level of your child. Examples of these learning experiences include:
Texas History Focus, Sky Ranch in Van, Texas, April
Science Expeditions Focus, Sky Ranch in Van, Texas, November
Leadership and Team Building Focus, Sky Ranch in Van, Texas, September.
DC/Virginia Trip in November
SCS seventh graders travel to Washington D.C. While there, they will visit the following attractions: Arlington National Cemetery, the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, the National Archives, the Smithsonian museums, the White House, and all of the monuments and memorials. They will then travel south to Virginia where they tour St. John’s Church (location of Patrick Henry’s famous “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech), Monticello (Thomas Jefferson’s plantation), Michie’s Tavern, Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Mount Vernon. Students are required to journal their discoveries and impressions after each site, and collaborate on a class digital scrapbook which is available for parents to purchase if they so choose. This trip serves as an enhancement to the 7th grade social studies curriculum which covers U.S. history from Pre-Columbus through the Civil War.
EPCOT Trip in February
SCS eighth graders travel to Walt Disneyworld’s EPCOT where they study the following locations in depth: Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, The United States, Japan, Morocco, France, The United Kingdom, and Canada. Students are required to complete booklet questionnaires that necessitate interviewing and discussing regional issues with residents from each country. (Disney employs natives from the region at each of the respective locations.) Furthermore, SCS eighth graders attend three intensive courses sponsored by Disney’s Y.E.S. department which employs some of the most premier educators of our country. Students are instructed in the following content areas: global wildlife and current environmental issues surrounding it, energy and waves: physics in motion, and world cultures of the millennium. Students also collaborate on a class digital scrapbook which is available for parents to purchase if they so choose. Students spend one day at Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Magic Kingdom, and two days at EPCOT. This trip serves as an enhancement to the 8th grade social studies curriculum which covers world cultures and physical geography.