We’re broadening the scope of retreats for the 18-19 school year to include experiences for grades 10-12.
Since the beginning of the program in 2014, grades 6-9 have gone on retreat to establish a positive social climate and build connections between students and faculty. Over the years we’ve had requests from both parents and students to expand this program to include upper grades. Concurrently Kirby’s Academic Leadership Group has been examining the potential for growing this program–and after rich discussion and planning–we are thrilled to be able to offer retreats to all students this coming fall!
As a school that builds our success on partnership and community, we believe that providing these types of shared experiences is the best way for students to cultivate meaningful relationships with their peers and teachers. In addition to strengthening the bonds between classmates, class trips provide a unique opportunity for students and teachers to build connections that aren’t limited to graded exchanges.
To ensure we offer the highest quality experiences and whenever possible bring in highly qualified and established organizations to help facilitate, we will hold these experiences during the week following Labor Day. Holding these three weeks after the start of school will help students and faculty settle into the pace and coursework of school year.
Here’s what’s planned:
6th Redwood Glen (Tue, 9/4 – Thu, 9/6)
7th Point Reyes (Tue, 9/4 – Fri, 9/7)
8th American River Rafting (Wed, 9/5 – Sat, 9/8)*
9th Santa Cruz Mountains backpacking (Tue, 9/4 – Fri, 9/7)
10th Costa Rica (Mon, 9/3 – Sat, 9/8)
11th Washington, DC (Mon, 9/3 – Sun, 9/9)
12th Sierra Backpacking (Tue, 9/4 – Sat, 9/8)
We hope you share our excitement about these new opportunities for student learning! More details about these trips will be forthcoming over the next month. We will keep you apprised of those as they become available.
(*Updated 8th Grade Retreat Date: Due to low water flows and expected release dates, the 8th grade retreat is now scheduled for Wednesday-Saturday. It was previously scheduled for Tuesday-Friday.)