Field trips play an integral role in our curriculum as students take full advantage of all that New York City has to offer. Walking trips around the vibrant neighborhood that surrounds the school allow students to see examples of community organizations as they study ways people work together to accomplish goals, to gather data on what businesses and services make up a neighborhood and how they meet the needs of the community, and to study gentrification from both an economic and social justice perspective. Field trips extending farther into the city include trips to community spaces and landmarks such as Ellis Island and the Brooklyn Bridge, cultural organizations such as Brooklyn Historical Society, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, the Transit Museum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, and walking tours of the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan. The purpose of these excursions is not just to view places and artifacts related to their studies, but also to provide children with primary experiences to help answer questions such as: What might it have been like to immigrate to a new country over 100 years ago? or How can art provide us with insights into belief systems and ways of life?
Our older students have an overnight trip experience each year, beginning in the 8s. Trips for middle schoolers may include a several-night nature-based trip where they do team-building, adventure activities and learn about the natural world in connection to what they study in science class.