Go beyond your borders
The Outdoor Education program in the Upper School provides opportunities for adventure and personal growth amidst the beauty of many locations throughout the southwestern United States. Early each fall, all ninth- through 11th-graders choose from a rich menu of outdoor trips, including sailing and marine science at Catalina, mountain biking in Mammoth, sea-kayaking at Santa Cruz Island, hiking in Escalante National Monument in Utah, surfing at San Elijo State Beach, rock climbing in the Sequoia National Forest. Seniors journey to the Kern River in their last week of the Upper School to camp, raft, hike, climb, kayak and ride horses. The program physically challenges students of all ages in a manner appropriate for each individual age group. Students learn to appreciate the world and people around them, and the program provides a context for students and faculty to get to know each other in different settings and under different circumstances. Students are responsible for coordinating and preparing meals, securing their gear, and participating in what, for many, is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.