One aspect of the educational process is learning outside the classroom. These takes place in many ways depending on the grade level of your child. Examples of these learning experiences include:
Texas History Focus at our State's Capital in Austin, Texas.
Science Expeditions Focus at Allaso Ranch in Hawkins, Texas.
Leadership and Team Building Focus at Sky Ranch in Van, Texas.
7th 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 the monuments and memorials. Students 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 social studies' curriculum which covers U.S. history from Pre-Columbus through the Civil War.
Disney World Trip
8th graders travel to Walt Disney World. While spending two days at EPCOT students 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, students 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, Magic Kingdom, and two days at EPCOT. This trip serves as an enhancement to the social studies' curriculum which covers world cultures and physical geography.