Old Trail School Middle School Students Take Spring Adventures

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Old Trail School students in grades six, seven and eight spent a week in March negotiating urban centers (Chicago and Washington) and hiking through the Great Smoky Mountains as they developed a greater sense of independence and discovered their potential.

Old Trail School students in grades six, seven and eight spent a week in March negotiating urban centers (Chicago and Washington) and hiking through the Great Smoky Mountains as they developed a greater sense of independence and discovered their potential.

Sending students on overnight trips provides experiential learning opportunities that include museums, attractions, natural landscapes and theater performances. These unique settings become dynamic classrooms full of interactive materials, reflective content, and awe-inspiring moments. Additionally, these trips help early adolescents learn more about themselves.

Grade 6 students visited Chicago, where they spent four days studying humanities and culture. Students visited the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, The Field Museum, The Museum of Science and Industry and the Basilica at Notre Dame University. They also had a blast sitting in the first row for a Blue Man Group performance, taking an elevator to the top floor of the John Hancock Building, and taking rides on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel.

Grade 7 students traveled to the Tremont Institute in the Great Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. During their five-day trip, students traversed streams and forests, gazed over beautiful vistas, and trekked on an eight mile hike. In the evenings, they relaxed in a communal lodge and learned about Appalachian culture and the natural landscapes that they had explored.

Grade 8 visited Washington D.C. where they traveled around the city in small groups, allowing each group to define their own itinerary based on mutual interests. This gives the DC trip a remarkably different atmosphere than most other middle school trips to our nation's capital. They gathered as a group on several occasions, most memorably as they watched four of their classmates participate in the wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.

Old Trail School is an independent, coeducational day school for students aged two through grade eight. Located in the beautiful Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Bath, Ohio, the School offers a personal, nurturing and academically challenging liberal arts program to students and families in a five-county region that emphasizes excellence in academics, athletics and the arts. For more information about Old Trail School visit oldtrail.org.

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