Intersession is an important part of Kirby’s annual curriculum, providing all students with an opportunity to immerse themselves in an experience of broad educational value not possible in a traditional classroom.
This year, students in all grades (including 6th-9th) will choose a single 3-day option from a menu of incredible learning experiences that draw on the rich and diverse opportunities that exist throughout California. All experiences this year are comprehensive and unique, for example, rock climbing at Pinnacles National Monument and backpacking and kayaking at Point Reyes and Tomales Bay. In fact, some experiences are longer than 3 days and are geared towards providing a truly unparalleled learning opportunity.
The primary goal of these experiences is to enrich students’ lives and expand their awareness of the world by challenging them through exploration of new environments, stewardship, community service, academic and/or artistic enrichment, wilderness skills, and living experiences. Intersession provides students with a chance to explore new places, make lasting connections, be active, and learn through memorable experiences.
Intersession occurs from Tuesday, March 27th-Thursday, March 29th, the week preceding Spring Break. It is important to note that Friday, March 30th is a school holiday. As these are an important opportunity to cultivate new skills and have an out of the classroom learning experience with peers, all students are expected to participate.
The 2018 Intersession brochure will be available shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. Activities will be selected by December and the last day to change a selection will be in early February. More details will be forthcoming!
The 2016-2017 Intersession Catalog (from last school year) is available here but as this program has been refined with parent and faculty input, you may want to wait until after Thanksgiving to see what’s in store.