See the many places we visited on our extended learning adventures in 2016–17.
Hands-on, project-based learning in classrooms and labs; day and overnight field trips in and around St. Louis; and weeklong outdoor expeditions (Upper School) and curricular trips (Middle School and Grade 5) deepen students’ understanding and uncover new interests and talents.
Such experiential study develops competencies crucial to success in the twenty-first century—scientific inquiry, communication, documentation, presentation, teamwork, reflection, and collaborative leadership. Each year, optional service and study trips for Upper School students also enrich the learning.
(And the good news? These opportunities are integral to our curriculum and made available to enrolled students at no additional fee!)
At these levels, it’s about expanding one’s circle from home to family to community—and learning how all the pieces work together.Learn more
Project-based learning and inquiry become more challenging and complex in the middle grades as travel horizons widen.Learn more
Business proposals, special-effects videos, recreating life in the trenches of World War I . . . the opportunities are boundless.Learn more
Preschoolers and kindergarteners explore campus and the surrounding neighborhood, learning what it means to be part of a broader social and ecological community. They visit Lasky Pond, stop by the fire station next door, and meet the local bank manager. They also interact with Middle and Upper School students in joint activities such as story time, theatre performances, and even a science research project known as Stream Team.
In grades 1–5, team projects in social studies and science encourage students to explore different communication media, get their hands dirty, and build prototypes. The outdoor Adventure Education program makes use of the campus woods and fields and climbing wall. And occasional overnight trips highlight specific topics—for instance, Native American culture at Cahokia Mounds or Pioneer life at the Dana Brown Center. Fifth graders embark on a weeklong trip to Colonial Williamsburg and Jamestown.
An emphasis on integrated and cross-disciplinary learning provides Middle School students with daily opportunity to make connections between theory and practice, to ask big questions, and to be innovative and entrepreneurial thinkers. Integrated Studies units on environmental issues, natural resource use, robotics technology, and entrepreneurship make use of existing campus resources as well as students’ own interests and skills, as they explore options for creating products or solutions to present to a broader public.
In the spring, each grade explores a unique location and subjects on a weeklong experiential trip. Sixth graders dive into American Revolutionary history as they visit Boston, Fort Ticonderoga, and Philadelphia. Seventh graders explore the history of immigration as well as the cultural and artistic riches in New York City and Ellis Island. And eighth-grade students practice Spanish and community service on an active, adventure trip to Costa Rica.
Within a context of collaborative, inquiry-based learning, Upper School offers multiple opportunities for applying learning, deepening understanding, and firsthand use of historical, scientific, and technical resources within a collaborative learning context. Working both individually and collectively, students engage in a variety of integrated activities:
The Upper School program incorporates specially designed opportunities through which students develop leadership, collaborative, and teamwork skills. Early in the fall, each grade participates in a Character Trip (or Senior Retreat, for the graduating class), which combines outdoor expeditions and challenges with time for reflection. The student-centered system of Houses and fosters team spirit and a sense of belonging, while involving students in planning, coordinating, and hosting a range of activities for their peers. The smaller, grade-level Crews ensure that students and adult mentors maintain weekly connections and have opportunities to address a range of current issues.