Upper School Trips
Students and faculty in grades six through eight begin the school year with an overnight trip to William Lawrence Camp in New Hampshire. The focus of the trip is to build a sense of community and responsibility among all upper school students, which is accomplished by games and activities (climbing wall, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, etc.) that help students become better acquainted and enjoy each other’s company. By the end of the trip the students know each other pretty well, and they have a shared sense of responsibility for the well being of the group.
This overnight trip is followed by a three day hike for the eighth graders, a hike that continues to build community and leadership skills within the graduating class. Hiking in the Pinkham Notch section of the White Mountains, the students and their guides/chaperones stay in huts constructed by the Appalachian Mountain Club. Other eighth grade field trips include a day trip to the chemistry lab at MIT, a day trip to Concord and Lexington to explore the causes of the Revolutionary War, and another extended field trip (four days) to New York City that is a culmination of their study of immigration.
Seventh graders also go on a three day hike toward the end of the school year.
Sixth graders visit the ancient civilization exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in order to examine artifacts that are examples of the five themes of geography or of the five elements of a civilization. In the spring, as part of their study of coastal ecology, sixth graders spend three days at the Cape Cod Sea Camp.