Each fall, Middle and Upper School students participate in a variety of adventurous challenges and outdoor activities designed to engage, empower, and inspire. Hiking, climbing, canoeing, ropes courses, and group games in scenic natural wilderness environments are key educational experiences for environment studies and in developing individual grit
Middle School Fall Odyssey Trip:
Each year in the fall, the 7th and 8th years embark upon a 3-day overnight community-building trip to form friendships, develop trust, and participate in physical and mental challenges. Students travel by bus to either the Blue Ridge YMCA Center in Black Mountain, NC or the Camp Hanes YMCA Camp in King, NC.
9th/10th Grade Fall Odyssey Trip to Chewonki
Chewonki, an environmental education site in Wiscasset, Maine, inspires transformative growth, teaches appreciation and stewardship of the natural world, and challenges students to build thriving, sustainable communities throughout their lives. Students engage in group dynamics, learn to seek leadership opportunities, and experience personal growth through independence. Additionally, they develop canoeing skills, learn to read and navigate the tides and waterways, enjoy camp cooking, and experience minimalist living in wilderness tents.
Middle School and Upper School Spring Trips
As a high point of the spring semester, Middle and Upper School students design, plan, and lead curricular focused explorations in different national and international locales. These trips are a graduation requirement for all students who qualify on the basis of academic, social, and emotional criteria, as determined by the faculty and administration.
Middle School National Trip
Each spring, Middle School students participate in a national trip with a U.S. historical focus tied to our humanities curriculum. This trip is planned completely by the students working in small groups, and the areas of focus are interest-based and tie into lessons taught throughout the year. Past trips have included Washington D.C., Williamsburg, Va., Charleston, S.C., and Philadelphia.
Upper School International Trip
Each year in May, Upper School students take a 10-day international trip to a country or countries chosen by student majority. These trips typically relate in some way to the humanities curriculum as well as the foreign language curriculum. Trips to international locales help students stretch beyond their comfort zones by providing opportunities to apply practical life skills, gain confidence in foreign language, practice grace and courtesy, and learn about the world through a different and specific lens. Recent trips have included travel to Costa Rica, England, France, Italy, and Spain.
Summer Service Learning Trip
MSR partners with EF Tours to offer a voluntary international summer service trip for students in grades 7 - 11. On Service Learning tours, students work with established nonprofits and locals on community-driven projects. Students are exposed to new cultures and make contributions that are both necessary and meaningful. Planning is underway for our first trip to Spain in July of 2022.