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Travel (Field trips)
Field Trips and Travel Enhance the GMS Curriculum
The hands-on and collaborative activities GMS girls experience in the classroom are enriched by day and overnight trips where science, literature, history, art, and language come to life. Time together away from the classroom also strengthens friendships and class community. Students progressively take trips farther from home throughout their time at GMS, culminating their off-campus experiences with international travel.
Sixth graders begin their year with a multi-day camping trip at a nearby county or state park. Along with their teachers (no parents allowed!), the girls set up tents, cook food, go for hikes, play games, engage in leadership activities, host a talent show, and begin long-lasting friendships. The bonds created on the camping trip support the first few months of classroom cooperative group work. Later in the year, 6th graders attend an overnight science camp at the Marin Headlands Institute north of Sausalito and an overnight living history experience through the Age of Sail program at Hyde Street Pier. Day trips also complement the curriculum, including visits to the SomArts Cultural Center, the Asian Art Museum, and the Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge.
Seventh-graders spend a week in the fall in California's most beautiful outdoor classroom: Yosemite National Park. The girls sleep in tents, prepare their own meals, go rock climbing and hiking, sing songs around the campfire, complete a community service project, and have a lot of fun. The trip provides opportunities for the girls to challenge themselves personally as well as build their skills as members of a team. The Yosemite experience strengthens the bonds of friendship and collaboration established in 6th grade and supplements the centerpiece of the 7th grade emphasis on teamwork: the Entrepreneurial program.
Eighth graders participate in the ultimate cultural immersion experience through international travel. Armed with two years of Spanish instruction and a two-day on-campus language and culture immersion, they embark to Mexico on a 10-day journey to El Molino, a camp in Mexico. Workshops in local ecology, traditional arts and crafts, and music are conducted solely in Spanish. Camp participants from other schools include fluent Spanish speakers. Whether playing soccer, learning to make jewelry, or bartering in the town square, GMS girls extend their language skills and broaden their cultural horizons. This intense international travel experience also strengthens the friendships and bonds between the eighth graders, cementing the foundation for strong, effective, and creative collaboration during their final year at The Girls’ Middle School.