THE LINGUISTIC JOURNEY
Global travel begins with baby steps. In May, our kindergartners visited Slide Ranch, leaving the comfort of home and parents, in some instances for the first time. From Tuolomne to Coloma,
lower school students embarked on regional adventures
tied directly to their curricula. The 5th-grade class trip
to Strasbourg serves as a pivot point—punctuating students' bilingual quest, laying the foundation for future
exchanges to Paris and Tahiti, and propelling them
toward linguistic trips in Guatemala and Italy, Morocco
and Taiwan. By the time students reach International
High School, their journeys expand in the name of culture and service learning, science and sports. In effect,
travel to India in the 11th grade begins with overnighting
at a local ranch.
The goals of our travel program are that our students
become autonomous and able to communicate across
cultures, that they develop empathy for others and
knowledge of themselves as they experience the world.
None of this could take place without mutual trust
among parents and teachers, students and chaperones.
Thank you to our entire community for empowering our
students to learn beyond borders.