Off-Campus Study Opportunities
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.
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.
Field Science Research
Marine Ecology in Belize
In the summer of 2024, SAS students will travel to Belize for a 9-day marine ecology field science program with Ecology Project International. Students will spend the first half of the trip at the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society (T.R.E.E.S.) in the Maya Mountains where they will engage in neotropical bat surveys and herpetology studies. The second part of the trip will be spent on a Belize island, Tobacco Caye, where students will explore the Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest reef in the world, and collect data on coral reef health and conduct tropical fish population assessments. In addition to the field ecological studies, students will immerse themselves in Belizean culture. This experience is available to students in grades 9 - 12. For more information, please contact Kelley Black.
Zuni, New Mexico
During Spring Break 2024, SAS students will travel to the high desert in western New Mexico to continue their service partnership with the people of Zuni Pueblo. SAS students will host a spring break camp for elementary-aged children and work on construction projects in the local area. SAS partners with Zuni Youth Enrichment Project, an indigenous-led non-profit organization that is focused on strengths-based enrichment for Zuni youth. While there, SAS students will also enjoy cultural activities, meet local artisans, and explore the surrounding landscape with visits to Petrified Forest National Park and El Morro National Monument. This experience is available to students in grades 9 - 12 and will take place from March 8-16, 2024. For more information about the application process, please contact Rachel Malde.
Language & Culture Immersion
During Spring Break 2024, from March 7 - 14, SAS students will travel to Mexico to explore the Yucatán & Mayan Riviera. This Spanish language immersion trip will include sight-seeing tours in Mérida, Uxmal, Valladolid, and Playa del Carmen. Highlights include guided visits to Chichén Itzá, Izamal, and a flamingo-watching tour. This experience is available to students in grades 9 - 12 and will take place March 7 - 14, 2024. For more information, please contact Rafael Lomeli.
Backpacking in the Appalachian Mountains
Students will learn how to prepare for a cold weather backpacking trip before heading to North Carolina for a 4-day, 3-night trip in a wilderness area. All experience levels are welcome, though the conditions and terrain will make it both difficult and rewarding. An emphasis will be placed on group cooperation and support. Previous Winterim backpacking trips have taken students to the Joyce Kilmer/Citico Creek Wilderness areas in North Carolina, on sections of the Appalachian Trail near Asheville, North Carolina, and to Savage Gulf State Park in Tennessee. This experience is available to students in grades 9 - 12 and will be part of our Winterim Course offerings in February 2024.