Off-Campus Study Opportunities

Students sitting on steps on Natural History Museum

Get out of town!

We know that learning about the world can never replace experiencing it. That is why we encourage off-campus study opportunities, including opportunities to travel the world with SAS faculty members.Trips are open to day and boarding students, both domestic and international. The tours are led by faculty members who know the countries, the cultures and the language.

Some SAS students have chosen to pursue more extended international study. In recent years, SAS students have attended schools and programs in Costa Rica, England, Germany, Thailand, and France, and with The Traveling School.

Our trip to Yellowstone was simply incredible. The field research we did was authentic, the service project was meaningful, and our time together and in the wild learning was impactful. Our students were an eager, adventurous, kind, curious, fun, and totally engaged group.

Kelley Black, Academic Dean

8th Grade Trip to Washington, D.C.


During the first week of April, our 8th grade students and teachers partner with EF Tours for a 3-day immersive, experiential learning program in Washington, D.C. EF’s programs strive to challenge assumptions, spark connections, and inspire curiosity while broadening students’ perspectives and knowledge of the world around them. Immersing ourselves in the culture, history, and energy of Washington, D.C. provides our students with a hands-on experience that will shape their understanding of our nation for years to come. Capitalizing on the topics studied in their middle school Humanities classes, this experience will synthesize students’ understanding of how history has shaped our democracy. With visits to sites such as the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian Museums, and Arlington National Cemetery, students will witness the American political system in action and see history come to life. This capstone experiential trip will allow SAS 8th graders to deepen their sense of community, enhancing their connection to one another and to the broader world. 

Yellowstone National Park

June 3-11, 2023

In summer 2023, Academic Dean and Advanced Biology teacher Kelley Black will lead a 9-day, wildlife ecology, field science research trip to Yellowstone National Park. Partnering with Ecology Project International, we will work with the National Park scientists on their bison project and habitat restoration, we'll study wolf packs, we'll explore Yellowstone's geothermal features, we'll hike, we'll camp, and we'll raft the Yellowstone River. Previous SAS field science excursions have been to Yellowstone, Baja, and Costa Rica. This trip is open to rising 9th grade through rising 12th grade students. Secure your spot in this adventure right away with a $250 deposit. For more information and to enroll, click here. Questions? Contact Dean Black.

More Enrichment Opportunities

The following list is updated regularly by the SAS College Counseling Office to reflect opportunities beyond SAS-led off-campus and summer programs.

National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine. This program is designed to introduce high achieving students to a future career in the growing fields of health and medicine.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) promotes critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the eight NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

The Tennessee Governor’s Schools are academically-demanding summer programs in a variety of fields on Tennessee university campuses for rising 11th and 12th grade students currently enrolled in Tennessee’s public and private high schools. Students must be nominated by their school.