Class Trips

A highlight of any year, class trips at The Academy are designed to educate, to build community, and to foster unforgettable memories. Details on each year’s trips are sent home in April.

7th Grade Trip: Local Fun

The 7th grade trip varies from year to year, but always involves environmental, adventure, and cultural activities. Past trips have included hikes and overnights, guided walks in the Hawley Bog, hiking Negus Mountain, visiting local art galleries, day trips to Boston or Mystic, and a camping overnight including games and barbecuing at a local site

8th Grade Trip: Justice and Democracy
Boston, Massachusetts

The 8th grade trip highlights the topics studies in Humanities and Civics all year. The trip consists of visits the Beacon Hill, the Plymouth Plantation (in conjunction with their reading of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible), and Salem, Mass.

Ninth Grade Trip: Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology on Nantucket Island, Massachusetts
The ninth grade trip is designed primarily to supplement and reinforce the Biology curriculum, including marine ecology, vernal pools, and shorebirds.  The trip also provides an insight into the fascinating whaling and Quaker history of Nantucket.  We enjoy hearty fun, down time, and bonding opportunities as a class. Designed by the island’s Maria Mitchell Association (MMA) in collaboration with other island institutions, the trip includes a tour of the association’s collection and observatory, vernal pool exploration with an ecologist from the Nantucket Land Council, a walking tour of the town with a representative of the Nantucket Historical Association, birding with a local ornithologist, cooking and eating a locally sourced dinner at the Nantucket Culinary Center, and a service project – designing and building an exhibit for the MMA’s science center.

Sophomore Trip: Exploring the Big Apple, New York City 

The sophomores spend three very busy and exciting days and nights in New York City. In the midst of taking it all in, they visit the United Nations, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, MoMA, Chinatown, and other sites, depending on availability and interest. The group often stays at the Vanderbilt YMCA, on East 47th Street, in midtown Manhattan.

Junior Trip: American Process, American Power
Boston, Massachusetts

The juniors’ trip to Boston complements their study of American literature, history, culture, and politics in their Humanities classes. Students visit historic sites in Boston and Salem, view American treasures and art at the Peabody Essex Museum, and take in a performance at one of Boston’s fine theatres.

Senior Trip: Reflect and Recharge
Martha’s Vineyard

After their senior projects have been turned in, and before the final busy month of school, Academy seniors pause to reflect and recharge with a trip to Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard. The group stays within walking distance of the town and the beach, and past trips have included fishing, clamming, swimming (brrr!) and a potluck dinner. This trip provides opportunities for seniors to unwind and to reflect upon their leadership over the course of the year, as well as a chance to celebrate their last year together and make plans for a strong finish.