Beyond the Classroom
The Beyond the Classroom program is a three-year sequence of experiences designed to take students into the field and beyond the traditional classroom walls and buildings, to develop life and leadership skills, and to serve the greater community. It is intended to promote professional, entrepreneurial, ethical, civic, and intellectual engagement in the local community for all our high school students.
9th grade: Inspiring a Passion for Learning
This program dovetails directly with the curriculum of 9th grade classes, the centerpiece of which is the 9th grade interdisciplinary trip in September to Camp Roger in the Uinta Mountains. The trip integrates science, art, geography, and history.
10th grade: Inspiring a Passion for Life
Some of the best learning occurs outside the traditional classroom setting. Each September, sophomores are presented with a complex task and asked to solve it through collaborative, hands-on work. In 2012, for example, sophomores designed, built, and raced gravity cars. In 2013 and 2014, they built cardboard boats and sailed them on the Great Salt Lake.
11th grade: Nurturing a Spirit of Service and Activism
Service learning, whether integrated in dance, science, or math class, addresses issues as diverse as poverty, hunger, autism, wildlife habitat, domestic violence, and racism, Juniors, through Project 11, identify a local need for which they feel passion, then devote over 25 hours of time to one organization whose mission it is to address that need. The culmination of the project results in a written reflection paper which allows students to look back at their experience and the difference they made in the community.
*25 hours of service are required for graduation.