Experiential Learning at its Best
Studies “in the field” begin for Rowland Hall students as early as 3PreK and continue in the Lower School with trips to local museums, performances, and natural sites around the Wasatch. Students from grades one through eight enjoy a variety of sports experiences for five weeks every winter through the Winter Sports program. Overnight trips, beginning in sixth grade, take our students on fall excursions that include curricular themes and also serve to welcome new friends into each grade level and strengthen the bonds between teachers and students.
Annual Class Trips
- Sixth Grade: Weeklong Wasatch adventure with two nights at Camp Kostopulos, just outside Salt Lake City in Emigration Canyon.
- Seventh Grade: Weeklong adventure with four nights at the Teton Science School, Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
- Eighth Grade: Four-night trip to Washington, DC.
- Ninth Grade: In September, during the first weeks of school, ninth graders spend four days at Camp Roger in the Uinta Mountains. Camp Roger is about 50 miles from Salt Lake City on the Mirror Lake Highway east of Kamas—it's a YMCA summer camp in a rustic setting. Students participate in a variety of activities including hiking, fishing, painting, and sports. The setting on the Upper Provo River provides opportunities for interdisciplinary studies such as botany, geology, history, and art. Students bunk together in cabins and have an opportunity to make new friends. The ninth-grade curriculum integrates this experience into a variety of lessons including the evolution of plants and the geography of the Jordan Rivers of Utah and Israel.
Upper School Interim Trips
Upper School students enjoy Interim, a weeklong exploratory program unique among Utah schools. Students have the option of participating in a variety of in-town and out-of-town experiences that may include film studies and videography, cycling the Wasatch, hiking in Moab, river rafting, world-language immersion, and acquiring life skills that come in handy during those first weeks of college. Read examples of recent trips on the Upper School's signature programs page.
In addition to Interim, Rowmark Ski Academy, athletic teams, the World Language Department, Debate, Chess Club, and the service-learning program all take advantage, when appropriate, of state-wide, regional, national, and global opportunities for competition, service, or connection to academic studies.