Each year, for over a decade, these students visit different geographical areas and the world of globalization and social responsibility come to life. Each trip is designed to take the students away from Arizona to explore a particular set of social issues somewhere else, together. The class trips nurture the students’ natural awareness of their identity and support the understanding of their roles in society.
The Spring 2015 trips included Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., San Francisco and Costa Rica.
In fifth grade, students travel to various locations in the San Francisco Bay area, including Chinatown and the YMCA Point Bonita, where they apply their knowledge of the Chinese culture and learn to become active stewards of the environment within their own communities.
Sustainability is explored from a different angle as sixth grade travels to the headquarters of Heifer International in Little Rock, Arkansas. Students learn about global resources and sustainability through farming.
Seventh grade students travel to Boston and Washington D.C. to visit and explore key historical landmarks from the 17th century colonial times throughout the Independence Period to the modern day.
Studies in eighth grade science focus on sustainability and biodiversity. They travel to Costa Rica to visit local schools and villages, organic farms, rainforests and the San Gerardo Biological Center. They also practice their Spanish in real-life conversations.