At Rock Point School we believe that travel is one of the greatest teachers. Young people learn so much about themselves and their world by getting to know new places and people with different ways of life. These experiences are even more meaningful when they are combined with homestay or community service.
During the week, our classes take field trips around Vermont, as they relate to the curriculum. We regularly attend performances at the Flynn Theater in Burlington for performances of everything from Shakespeare to Chinese Acrobats. In Science, students visit various energy production plants to learn about the physics and environmental impacts of each. History classes take field trips to the state capital, Montpelier, to learn more about how state government works.
On the weekend, students have opportunities to go on trips to Montreal, Ottawa, and Boston, as well as to go backpacking in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, whitewater rafting on the Hudson River, and deep-sea fishing in Maine. We take day trips to Mountain Resorts for skiing and riding, as well as visiting the water park at Jay Peak Resort.
Often during February vacation we take an international trip with interested students. We have traveled to Japan, Cambodia, Honduras, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Nicaragua. Each trip has included cultural exchange and, as often as possible, a service-learning component.
Where will we go next? At our small school, students have plenty of opportunities to suggest trip destinations and even participate in planning and leading the trip. We can’t wait to find out where our next year of traveling will take us!