Academics
Upper School (Grades 5-8)

Upper School Travel Opportunities

Upper School Travel Opportunities

Upper School Students explore the world outside of the classroom in a variety of ways.  These are a few of the ways Renbrook students have engaged with our local and global community in recent years:  
Wadsworth Athenaeum & Connecticut Science Center (Grade 6)
During this trip, students tour the historic Wadsworth Atheneum and participate in a workshop called “Making Myths,” in which they create their own original artwork in the studio. The sixth-grade Humanities curriculum focuses on delving deeply into the story-telling tradition and the many facets of our humanity, culminating in the study of classical mythology in the spring. Students will be encouraged to examine their own stories throughout the course of the year. Following this workshop, students enjoy lunch at the Connecticut Science Center. They will have time to explore the Science Center before viewing an iMax film connected to the sixth-grade science curriculum.

Project Adventure Experience (Grade 6)
Students spend two days alternating between class bonding activities on Renbrook's ropes course.

Musical Trips (Grades 6, 7 & Grade 8)
Students in the musical theater, choral, and band programs have the opportunity to attend a show at the Lincoln Center.  Students in grade eight attend a show at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts as part of the Washington, D.C. trip. 

Camp Jewell Leadership Trip (Grade 7)
This three-day Grade 7 trip promotes class bonding and team-building activities at beautiful Camp Jewell in Colebrook, Connecticut. This experience helps prepare students for the seventh-grade leadership classes in the second half of the year.

Washington, D.C. Trip (Grade 8)
This three-day Grade 8 trip is tied to the students’ study of American history and government. Highlights of the trip include a visit to Arlington cemetery to place a Renbrook wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, visits to the war memorials, a special program at the Supreme Court, and a tour of the Capitol.

Connecticut State Capitol, Supreme Court & Mark Twain House (Grade 8)
Students tour the State Capitol and Legislative Offices building, Supreme Court, and the Mark Twain House. The visit to the Capitol and Supreme Court connects with the U.S. history curriculum and ties into our iconic trip to Washington D.C. in November. The Mark Twain House allows students to connect to the life and work of a great American author whose work is a part of our English curriculum in both seventh and eighth grade.

World Language Spring Break Trip (Grades 7 & Grade 8)
These optional trips takes place during spring break each year, alternating between French- and Spanish-speaking countries. The trips are open to Grade 7 and Grade 8. The itineraries are designed to expand the students’ understanding of art, architecture, culture, cuisine, and history. 

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