Development of creativity and adaptability are crucial to a growth mindset and enhanced through a wide variety of experiences. One of our signature programs and an exciting Kirby tradition is the fall retreat. During the fall, Kirby also offers an immersive experiential learning opportunity. Both retreat and immersive travel occur in the early days of the school year and all grades participate.
Retreats help establish a positive social climate and build connections between students and faculty. As a school that builds our success on partnership and community, we believe that providing these shared experiences will help students cultivate meaningful relationships with their peers and teachers.
Culturally immersive travel such as our trips to Costa Rica and Washington D.C. create a learning experience for each individual student to build both a broader context for classroom studies and an expanded framework for understanding the world and its vast communities.
In the fall of 2018, our students embarked to the following destinations, led by our faculty.
Redwood Glen (Tue, 9/4 – Thu, 9/6; Retreat leader: Graham Ortiz)
Point Reyes (Tue, 9/4 – Fri, 9/7; Retreat leader: Petter Bauer)
American River Rafting (Wed, 9/5 – Sat, 9/8; Retreat leader: Travis Coleman)*
Santa Cruz Mountains backpacking (Tue, 9/4 – Fri, 9/7; Retreat leaders: Kendra Hanson and Tovah Keynton)
Costa Rica (Mon, 9/3 – Sat, 9/8; Trip leader: Carolina Martinez)
Washington, DC (Mon, 9/3 – Sun, 9/9; Trip leader: Kirstin Olsen)
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park** Backpacking (Tue, 9/4 – Sat, 9/8; Retreat leader: Jasper Billings).