To kick off the year, the Middle School spent three days living and working together in one of the most beautiful and fragile places in the world, the Outerbanks of North Carolina.
“We chose Buxton specifically because of its remote location and lack of commercialization, as well as its proximity to the Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve. It is a wonderful setting for the community building activities students will participate in,” said Megan Knight, Middle School teacher.
Field Studies are an integral component of the Middle School curriculum. Some learning just can’t happen in the classroom. Every year students participate in two multi-day field studies, for a total of four in their middle school experience.
Each field study is designed to tie closely to our curriculum, build community amongst our students and faculty, and foster independence and practical life skills for students.
The students spent time volunteering in the nature reserve as well as participating in solo-time and Socratic Seminar activities. The trip focused on community building, service learning, and as always with field studies, practical life skills and independence.
“My vision of the future is no longer of people taking exams and proceeding on that certification from the secondary school to the university, but of individuals passing from one stage of independence to a higher, by means of their own activity, through their own effort of will, which constitutes the inner evolution of the individual.” – Maria Montessori