The exploration begins on April 5 as the fourth graders cruise to Anacapa Island to participate in restoration work and learn first-hand about the diverse island ecosystem. The trip is part of the school’s partnership with the National Park Service and an example of how OVS embraces hands-on and place-based learning to enrich the curriculum.
Middle and high school students will depart for three separate Spring Break adventures at the end of this week: Equestrians will venture to Montana to trail ride under big skies; middle schoolers will head to northern Spain to explore art museums, kayak the Mediterranean coast, and hike trails in the Pyrenees mountains; and high schoolers will participate on a musical tour of Austria and the Czech Republic.
For many years, OVS has offered optional travel programs to students to broaden their world view and provide opportunities for cultural enrichment. Recent destination have included Iceland, Costa Rica, and Peru.
“The point of international travel at this age is to expose the students to new ways of living, thinking, and learning to love adventure,” said Mike Mahon, assistant Head of School at the Lower Campus.
“When you get middle school kids outside of their comfort zones, they abandon their social hierarchies and are more open to bonding with new peers,” he said. “The relationships they form through experience and adventure continue when we return to campus and the entire student body benefits from the new value they find in each other. It is impossible to hike the Inca trail or a glacier in Iceland and not be forever reminded of the people you shared those experiences with. ”
Back on campus, our youngest students will participate on April 5 in the annual High Tea for grades PK-2. This event encourages primary and elementary students to use their best manners while participating in a formal event attended by parents, grandparents and special guests.
High school students will also attend a formal event this month – Prom! This April 4 social gives our Upper Campus students a well-deserved break following third-quarter grades, preparation for upcoming Advanced Placement exams, and the stress of college applications. So far, 30 seniors have earned more than 140 college acceptances, including — in just the last week — UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, University of Massachusetts, Boston, and Vassar College.
High school students will also continue to participate in spring sports with the tennis, track and field, baseball and golf teams. For upcoming sports contests and events, visit the website calendar.
Lastly, middle school students will participate on their spring backpacking trips this month. These trips are a core part of the OVS experience. Learn more on our outdoor education pages of the website.