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 and immersive learning experiences to all students starting Fall 2018.
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 the school year.
Here’s what’s planned:
6th Redwood Glen (Tue, 9/4 – Thu, 9/6; Retreat leader: Graham Ortiz)
7th Point Reyes (Tue, 9/4 – Fri, 9/7; Retreat leader: Petter Bauer)
8th American River Rafting (Wed, 9/5 – Sat, 9/8; Retreat leader: Travis Coleman)*
9th Santa Cruz Mountains backpacking (Tue, 9/4 – Fri, 9/7; Retreat leaders: Kendra Hanson and Tovah Keynton)
10th Costa Rica (Mon, 9/3 – Sat, 9/8; Trip leader: Carolina Martinez)
11th Washington, DC (Mon, 9/3 – Sun, 9/9; Trip leader: Kirstin Olsen)
12th Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park** Backpacking (Tue, 9/4 – Sat, 9/8; Retreat leader: Jasper Billings)
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.
**Updated 12th Grade Retreat Location.