Featured Programs: Class Trips


Lower school teachers find a variety of ways to supplement classroom themes and lessons with off-campus opportunities. Students in the Keith Schoolhouse are often "out and about" during the school year. Kindergartners spend an afternoon at the apple orchard or pumpkin patch, visit a local sugarhouse, and one of our many local farms. First grade students who study their community visit civic offices, local farms, bakeries, and stores. They also visit the Hitchcock Center for the Environment while studying pond life, and the Eric Carle Museum during author studies.  Second grade students make a number of science-related trips related to their study of insects; they also head to the Hitchcock Center for the Environment, as well as Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory, and Northfield Mountain. 

In the Drake Building, the third grade makes several off-campus trips during the year, a highlight of which is definitely the annual fishing trip in the spring.  Fourth grade students who study Colonial America visit seven historic museums, and the Flynt Center for hands-on history. Primary sources are used during their study, many of which are available in Historic Deerfield. Fifth grade students spend three days in the spring at Nature's Classroom, and often visit the UMass Fine Arts Center for performances relevant to their culture studies.


The ninth grade typically kicks off the year with an overnight camping experience that includes goal-setting activities and leadership development. In a joint collaboration with the Fine Arts and English departments, ninth grade students travels to MASS MOCA and The Williams College Museum of Art. Since 2007, the ninth grade year has culminated in a week long global education and service-learning trip to La Suiza Orphanage in the Dominican Republic.