The Sage School Travel Program
Grades 6, 7, and 8
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” -Mark Twain
The answer to the question of why we embrace student travel is a complex one that encompasses everything from academic connections, social-emotional growth, independence, to global and community awareness…and more.
At Sage, it all starts in the sixth grade. During the first full week of school, our students travel with their teachers to YMCA’s Camp Beckett in the Berkshires where they camp, climb, sail, and/or paddle together. As a class, they share challenges, set goals, build a team dynamic, and create memories. They return to school as a united team; they have close friends, teachers who know them well, and a readiness to tackle the new challenges of 6th grade.
An important extension of Sage’s curriculum since 1999, 7th and 8th grade students extend their classroom experience each spring to destinations outside a typical classroom. Recent trips have included opportunities to further language study and to engage in meaningful service learning with destinations that have included: Costa Rica, Germany, London, Paris, Spain, Czech Republic, Puerto Rico, New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Quebec City, Montreal, Toronto, and a Civil Rights Tour to Alabama and Georgia.
The availability of travel opportunities for our oldest students represents just one way in which we inspire the bright minds here at Sage. Student travel is transformative. Shy students who were once reluctant to speak up in class experience a surge in self-confidence. Lifetime friendships and connections are forged in the memories, and students expand their appreciation and understanding of the world around them. That’s why we travel.