In the Upper Elementary and Middle School grades, TRAVEL STUDY allows us to broaden and enrich our curriculum in ways that a classroom-bound academic program cannot. We aim to put students in situations where they can use the skills they have gained in the classroom: observing, listening, cooperating, and problem-solving, and more. Students gain independence while strengthening relationships with peers and teachers as they work and live together away from their daily routine.
Learning outside the classroom widens our students' views of the world in which they live and makes what they study at school come alive. Those connections between academics and real life can spark an indelible "aha" moment in a child's education and generate a lifelong passion for learning.
SERVICE LEARNING is integrated in most Travel Study experiences. As our mission inspires students to contribute COMPASSION to the community and world around them, our Travel Study program provides a unique opportunity to see the world through the lens of people and places unlike their island home on Vashon. Through meeting new people, contributing to the community, and encountering the wide world, we are building compassion and understanding for our students that will last a lifetime.