Field trips are an integral part of the Montessori Junior High experience. These events are essential for the development of the Junior High community. There are several day trips throughout the school year along with overnight trips described below.
Our Fall Trek is a journey of study, exploration and community building. Whether to Lake Superior or South Dakota all Junior High students begin the school year with a 8-day trip: touring and studying by day, camping by night. The first two days of school are spent preparing for the journey, practicing camping skills and discussing teamwork tactics.
Seventh graders attend a one-night Leadership Retreat in May. This retreat focuses on teamwork and community through physical and mental challenges and provides students an opportunity to explicitly focus on becoming strong, positive role models in the Oak Hill Montessori community in the following year.
Eighth graders travel to Washington DC on a week-long Leadership Tour in May. Students begin studying and preparing for the trip in the fall of 8th grade discussing citizenship and an individual's role in their communities. This study allows adolescents an opportunity to consider their role in a larger community than their family, school, and town - to begin to see themselves as citizens of the larger world. What does it mean to participate in a democratic republic? What kinds of leadership roles can ordinary citizens take on? How do we honor those who have served their communities before us? These questions and more are explored throughout our week in Washington D.C. Unlike the other trips that the Junior High takes, students must raise their own funds for this trip. We consistently find that students who work to raise the money for this trip themselves are much more engaged in, find more enjoyment in, and learn more than students who do not have this additional experience of responsibility and independence.
Additional overnights may be scheduled as part of our units of study.