Our classes frequently venture outside the school building for purposeful and challenging field studies that bring history and science to life. On field studies, students interview experts, examine artifacts, conduct research, make observations, and gather data through taking notes, sketching, and photography. This in-depth, personalized study extends students’ insights into content and nurtures their skills as lifelong learners. True to our Outward Bound approach, field studies test the limits of students’ physical stamina and academic ability and cultivate peer collaboration.
When distant resources serve as a springboard to launch expedition content, our upper grades travel to locations outside of Rochester. Our curriculum specialist and teachers carefully structure overnight studies to address the learning goals of the expedition. We intersperse site visits with readings, journal writing, reflective conversations, and team-building activities. The field study does not end when the coach bus pulls into the GCCS parking lot. Content knowledge and direct experience acquired from overnight fieldwork lays the foundation for the remainder of the expedition. The extended field study creates a bond between students and teachers that surpasses what is possible through daily classroom work.