These trips play an integral role in our social development strategies, as students learn to better navigate group decision-making and cooperation. Overnight trips are also designed to help students become comfortable and more independent when they are away from home and the predictability of their normal school day.
In 4th grade, students travel to Sacramento for a two-day, one-night trip. They learn about life during the Gold Rush in the mid-19th century, pan for gold in the American River, and visit a fishery and the state's capitol building.
Fifth graders spend five days in Boston, where they deepen their understanding about Colonial and Revolutionary American history.
In 6th grade, students spend six days in southwest Colorado and the Grand Canyon. They have an opportunity to examine Native American history and culture using skills they have developed in their ancient cultures social studies curriculum.
The 4th-6th grade overnight travel experiences are an integral part of the Curtis experience that remains with our students long after they have left us.