Museums, cultural and neighborhood institutions and landmarks in Hoboken, Jersey City and New York are an integral part of classroom learning, and another way that Stevens makes every learning moment count. Day trips and excursions, whether it is the Kindergarten visit to the local post office or 6th grade visit to the Cloisters, are always relevant and informative. Curators, art educators and guides often comment on the level of preparedness and engagement of Stevens classes, as well as the thoughtful questions students pose during out-of-the-classroom experiences.
The roster of overnight trips that extend classroom learning includes:
Fairview Lake — This overnight trip for 3rd/4th grade classes is held each fall at Fairview Lake in Newton, N.J. Community building activities include a confidence course, boating, night hike and a campfire.
Stokes State Forest — 5th grade classes spend two nights and three days in the fall at Stokes State Forest in Sussex County. The environmental education program includes hiking up Sunrise Mountain, boating, fishing, team building activities, archery, metalsmithing and a challenge course.
Camp Mason — 6th grade classes spend one night and two days in the fall at Camp Mason, adjacent to the 70,000-acre Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. The outdoor education program includes forest ecology, archery, boating and ropes courses that nurture team building skills at the beginning of a new school year.
Boston — 6th grade classes travel to Boston for two nights in the spring. Classes explore the city’s cultural and historic sites that may include the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Harvard Museum of Natural Science, Boston Commons, Fenway Park and the Freedom Trail.
Ashokan Center — Each fall, the 7th grade classes spend three nights at the Ashokan Center, a working farm and environmental retreat in the Catskill Mountains. The school’s natural science curriculum is brought outdoors, and students engage in the study of water quality, forest ecology and work together to produce a sustainable “no waste” meal. Night vision walks, morning hikes, survival courses and blacksmithing enrich the four-day experience.
Philadelphia and Washington D.C. — As part of the intensive study of U.S. government and history, 7th graders go on an overnight trip to Philadelphia, and 8th graders spend two nights in Washington D.C.
Each spring, Stevens 8th graders immerse themselves in a unique cultural exchange program with the Kipling School, a bilingual school in Mexico City. The program offers 8th grade students an authentic international experience; they live with a Kipling host family for a week, attend school and social occasions, visit numerous cultural and historic sites and experience life outside the United States.
Stevens families reciprocate the warm hospitality and host Kipling students for a week in New Jersey. Long after they graduate, students describe the cultural exchange as a transformative experience that broadened their worldview. Some exchange partners form lasting friendships and revisit Mexico City or host their Mexican friends during their high school and college years. To read more about the exchange, visit the Mexico Blog.