Classical 5th through 8th graders have the opportunity to explore the world this year on class trips to Washington, D.C., Boston, Montreal, and Italy. They learned about the history and culture of each of these places, while expanding their understanding of what it means to be a global citizen.

The 8th grade scholars traveled all the way to Italy this year! They spent an entire week exploring Venice, Florence, and Rome. They ate authentic Italian meals and learned all about Italian culture and history. The scholars were wowed by the sights they’ve learned so much about. “I’m most excited for the Coliseum; it’s a staple of Rome and I’m excited to be a part of it,” said 8th grader Christian Tovar.

The itinerary was chalk full of new and educational experiences. In Venice, they walked in St. Mark’s Square and. St. Mark’s Basilica. They saw Romeo and Juliet’s balcony in Verona and took a guided walking tour of Florence. In Rome, they were awed by many famous sights, including the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Spanish Steps and Coliseum. They visited the Vatican as well to learn about that interesting piece of the world.

Our 7th grade scholars visited our neighbors to the North in Montreal. The mission of the trip, crafted by Ms. Meza and parent volunteers, was to understand that education is a continuous, sensory experience that enables them to view the world and themselves differently through the unique experience of traveling without their families and interacting with foreign cultures.

Once there, the scholars toured Old Montréal, McGill University, Place Ville Marie, Bell Center, Mont Royal, St. Patrick’s and Notre-Dame Basilicas. They visited the Montreal Museum of Archaeology, the Biodome, Olympic Park, and the Latin Quarter. Ultimately, the 7th graders learned about the ways different cultures influence Canadian life.

The 6th graders headed to Boston. They toured the historic city’s neighborhoods, took a walk on the Freedom Trail, and visited the neighboring town of Salem, Massachusetts. They’ve learned about these places in Social Studies classes, so they were so intrigued by seeing them up close!

For the past five years, Classical 5th graders have participated in a trip to Washington, D.C. This year, they really dove into our country’s politics and history. They started their trip by meeting with House Representatives Kuster (D, NH) and Serrano (D, NY). This helped ground them in the political process before they explored the city.

After meeting members of congress, the 5th graders checked out all of the major Memorials and Monuments, the National Mall, and the White House. They visited the U.S. Capitol Building and the Newseum, a museum that focuses on major events in U.S. History. On the second day of their trip, the 5th graders went to Mount Vernon, Ford’s Theater, and the Arlington National Cemetery.

5th Grader Rahim Sow was so excited about the trip! “I really want to see the Capitol Building because I want to learn about how the politicians make our laws,” he said before leaving. The curriculum at Classical fits nicely into the excursion.

Throughout each of these trips, Classical 5th through 8th graders experienced the culture, food, and history of a brand new community. They’re truly becoming citizens of the world!