Experiential Learning

Fairfield Country Day School believes that field trips provide beneficial experiences for boys of all ages and enhance their overall learning experience. There are two types of trips that a Fairfield Country Day boy might experience during his tenure at the school: curriculum-related trips and character-building trips. All trips are appropriate for the group attending. Teachers prepare students for the activities and provide guidelines for appropriate public behavior, reminding boys they are the school’s ambassadors during a field trip.

Expanding the Classroom

Curriculum-related field trips expand upon the classroom experience and may be designed to enhance material covered in class. Boys benefit from interactive learning, and many field trips provide an interactive environment. One of the purposes of our education here at Country Day is to foster a love a learning that extends beyond the classroom; field trips are an excellent way to do that. Boys from all grade levels participate in curriculum-related field trips. 

Build Character

Character-building field trips are generally reserved for the older boys. Before classes begin, the boys in grades seven through nine travel with faculty members to one of several places for team work, problem solving, and group dynamics activities. These overnight trips allow boys to face numerous challenges and acquaint themselves with appropriate ways to navigate the Byzantine inner workings of the adolescent world, while providing them with tools for future successful interpersonal relationships.

The overnight field trips begin in sixth grade with a trip to explore science in nature. The seventh grade travels to the Adirondacks in the winter months to study the environment and outdoor survival skills. The eight grade explores Boston and its rich history. A long standing tradition for the ninth grade is a trip to the mountains of New Hampshire at the beginning of the school year and a trip to Miami and the Everglades in the spring. It is capstone experience for the graduating class.


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