The Middle School offers many opportunities to travel, some of which are required. Required trips to Heifer Ranch and Big Bend National Park support the Middle School's service and science curricula, and optional trips to New York City and London support the Middle School fine arts curriculum. Students also have the option of choosing a summer Spanish immersion trip to Costa Rica where they have the opportunity to learn from native language speakers.6th Grade Trip to Mo RanchDuring the first full month of the school year, sixth grade students and teachers travel to Mo Ranch for a three-day, two-night trip full of fun team-building and bonding activities. The goal of the trip is to bring the sixth grade class together and allow for new friendships to form. Students and teachers work together to support one another through fun and self-challenging activities on a ropes course and in the water on Cullum Lake.
7th Grade Trip to Heifer Ranch
As part of our Service Learning curriculum, seventh grade students travel to the Heifer Ranch, nestled in the Ouachita Mountains near Perryville, Arkansas, to participate in their Global Gateway Experience. The program is designed to challenge and engage students to think about issues such as poverty, hunger, and sustainability and inspire them to take action in their own lives to positively impact the environment and the world.
8th Grade Trip to Big Bend
The eighth grade travels to Big Bend National Park for a five-night camping trip, which serves as the culminating activity for Earth Science and their Middle School experiences. The students hike the South Rim, learn about desert plant life and conduct land surveys. Students also learn to work as a community by preparing meals, cleaning areas of camp, and sharing their thoughts and feelings about their experience at Big Bend. Optional Trips Middle School Trip to New York
The trip to New York has been an annual tradition since 1985. What began as a trip for eighth grade students over Thanksgiving is now offered to all Middle School students over Spring Break. St. Andrew's offers students and parents the opportunity to travel to New York City for 5-days and 4-nights of excitement as part of the middle school fine arts curriculum. This fun-filled trip includes visits to places such as Times Square, the Financial District, the 9/11 Memorial, the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park, Ellis Island, & the Statue of Liberty. The group also takes in three shows, both on and off Broadway. Past favorites have included Wicked, Memphis, The Lion King, and Blue Man Group. In addition to experiencing the theatre of New York, the group was also given ample time to shop at some of the famous stores on Fifth Avenue such as FAO Schwartz, as well as practice their bargaining skills in Chinatown and try some of the delicious pastries in Little Italy. The trip is a wonderful way to give students a taste of the "Big Apple" and is an experience that the eighth graders never forget!
Middle School Trip to London
The first Middle School trip to London took place during Spring Break in 2009. This biennial trip introduces seventh and eighth graders to the bustle and energy of London and its superb theatre community by allowing them to interact directly with the residents of London themselves, experiencing their way of life as a participant rather than simply an observer. The trip includes visits to notable locations such as Buckingham Palace for the Changing of the Guard, the British Museum, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and the reconstructed Globe Theatre. A day trip to Windsor by train allows students a chance to visit the town and tour the castle. In addition to all the fun during the day, nighttime gives the students a chance to experience London theatre as well as breathtaking views of the city from the London Eye.
Middle School Trip to Costa Rica
St. Andrew's Middle School students have the opportunity to participate in a two-week immersion experience in Costa Rica during the summer. Students live with a Costa Rican host family and attend small, intensive Spanish grammar and conversation classes in the mornings each weekday. In the afternoons, students are involved in a variety of cultural and ecotourism activities including a walking tour of the city, a soccer game against local youth, cooking classes, dance classes, river rafting, hiking, zip lining and rappelling down waterfalls. Students also spend two afternoons doing volunteer work at an orphanage and travel to other areas of Costa Rica including the beach and a cloud forest.
Middle School Trip to Taipei, Taiwan
During the summer, Middle School students have the option to spend two weeks immersed in the language and culture of Taipei. Students take Mandarin classes in the morning and spend the afternoon visiting cultural and historical sites or taking classes in martial arts, juggling, calligraphy, and other crafts. The evenings are spent enjoying the culinary delights of the city. Highlights include visits to Taipei 101, the Taipei Zoo, and the famous Night Markets. Students stay in a conveniently located youth center and explore the city on foot, by bus, and by metro.