Field Trips | Upper School
"Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment." - Maria Montessori
Students of all ages experience opportunities outside of the classroom as a means of not only broadening the mind and spirit, but as an opportunity to practice grace and courtesy in the larger world. Teachers guide students in trip planning and encourage them to take initiatives to extend what is learned in the classroom to a real-world setting.
The Montessori School of Raleigh (MSR) is fortunate to be part of the greater Raleigh-Durham community with access to a wealth of educational, technological, medical, cultural, and other resources that provide valuable real-life learning opportunities to students. Trips to local museums, environmental centers, service organizations, and historical sites, are a just some of the field trips that provide Middle and Upper School students with real-life learning experiences throughout the school year.
Travel experiences, whether local or abroad, are carefully planned and designed for the developmental needs of the learner at each age group. Long after students graduate from MSR, they will remember the overnight trips experienced while Middle and Upper School students. An essential part of the curriculum, these trips also provide opportunities to share experiences, live together as a community away from home, and solidify friendships that last through their educational career and beyond.
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 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 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. Past trips have included Washington D.C., Williamsburg, Virginia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Philadelphia.
Summer International Trip
MSR partners with EF Tours to offer a voluntary international summer service trip for students in grades 7 - 11. Students are exposed to new cultures and make contributions that are both necessary and meaningful. Trip locations vary year to year.