Outdoor Education trips are integral to the mission of building confident students at Presbyterian School. These trips foster risk taking, team building, servant leadership, and spiritual growth. We highly value the education that happens outside the classroom to nurture the whole student's development.
Each grade has a distinctive class trip that is an essential and required part of the curriculum. The fifth and sixth grade trips take place in the first half of the year to foster class cohesiveness and to help faculty become well acquainted with the many abilities and idiosyncrasies of each youngster. Fifth and sixth grade students are challenged to be away from home for a short week bonding with their classmates away from school. The fifth grade trip is the first step in cultivating independence for students in Middle School. The focus of both trips is to encourage friendship building right from the start of the school year. The sixth grade trip challenges students to take even more risks by being further from home, staying away longer, participating in more complex team building games, and having more time to encourage personal reflection. Seventh and eighth grade students are given a greater challenge on these trips by spending time in more remote areas. The purpose of both of these experiences is to see sights that many may not see, to be immersed in natural environment to encourage learning, and to grow spiritually in a beautiful and peaceful setting. These more challenging experiences foster and strengthen the bonds of the class as a whole. The eighth grade trip functions as the capstone event for the students' final year at PS. The students begin the school year in Colorado, where they are challenged to serve as the new student leaders in the school community.
Grade Five students will go to Pine Cove in Texas for a three day, two night field experience. In various units of study, students develop scientific, social and spiritual understanding.
Grade Six students will participate in a four day, three night class trip to Camp T-Bar-M in New Braunfels, TX.
Grade Seven students will participate in a four day, three night class trip to Camp Cho Yeh in Texas. Students will be engaged in climbing, hiking, and camping. The program emphasizes teamwork and develops individual confidence in the outdoor environment.
Grade Eight will participate in a six day, five night trip in and around Buena Vista, Colorado. Students are challenged in hiking, backpacking, and camping while exploring the Rocky Mountains. The program emphasizes teamwork and individual confidence regarding the outdoor environment and encourages soulful reflection both individually and collectively.