Class Trips & Travel

GRADE-LEVEL TRIPS

Pisgah National Forest, NC

Each August, the incoming 11th-grade class visits Pisgah National Forest in North Carolina. In many ways, the students are taken out of their comfort zone and are exposed to new experiences: separated from their friends and family; out of an urban environment and into the woods; taking on new responsibilities. It is our intent to have students experience camping and backpacking in a positive way, especially because many of them may never experience anything like this again.  In this way, they can all look back and be proud of something that they never thought they could do, like cooking their own meals, rock climbing, or sleeping in an open-air shelter. If you have any trip questions, please contact Pisgah Trip Coordinator Mr. Chris Maraghy at cmaraghy@tampaprep.org.

DaySpring

Trip: August 17, 2021
During First Week, sophomores participate in a day trip at DaySpring Conference Center

Cedarkirk, FL

Trip: August 18, 2021

During First Week, freshmen spend the day with Pathfinders, participating in group bonding activities.

Florida’s Adventures Trip

Parent Meeting: August 27 at 8:50 a.m. | Trip: Sept 22 – 24, 2021 (Wed – Fri)

Sixth-grade students spend three days touring local Florida sites including Disney’s Youth Education Series Program, Medieval Times and Kennedy Space Center and more.

Florida Keys

Trip: Apr 25 – 28, 2022 (Mon – Thu)
Seventh-grade students spend four days exploring and studying wildlife in the Florida Keys. For many students, this is the first time they have spent time away from their families, traveling with peers and trusted chaperones, so it is an opportunity for growth in many ways. The Keys trip is a culmination of the Science 7 curriculum. After studying plant and animal organisms, kingdoms, species and their habitats and characteristics, students interact with these animals in their native environments. Activities include learning about and swimming with dolphins at Dolphins Plus, kayaking through the mangroves at John Pennekamp State Park, visiting the Turtle Hospital on Marathon Key, snorkeling in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and taking an airboat ride through the Florida Everglades.

 

Historic Boston, MA

Parent Meeting:  September, 13 at 8:50 a.m. | Trip: Oct 4-7, 2021 (Mon – Thu)

Eighth grade students spend four days touring New England, tracing the roots of the American Revolution by walking Boston’s historic Freedom Trail. Major stops include Bunker Hill, Old North Church and Paul Revere’s home. Students visit the towns of Lexington and Concord where the first battles were fought, and take time for reflection at Walden Pond where Henry David Thoreau wrote his masterpiece, Walden. In the town of Salem, students visit the Salem Witch Museum, the Salem Witch Memorial and the spooky House of the Seven Gables. On the last day of the trip, they are transported to the year 1627 and live the life of a pilgrim at Plymouth Plantation.

INTERNATIONAL TRIPS

To see photos and videos from past international trips, visit the Go Beyond page of our website.

Fiji – Spring Break 2022 (12 Day Trip) – Enrollment is closed, all spots filled.

Trip Dates: March 2022 (Spring Break)

Enjoy island paradise and rural mountain living during this immersive program. Spend time in a mountain village where you’ll live in pairs with a Fijian host family and spend your days working on infrastructure projects, and living among the local village. Relax and enjoy island life and get to know Fijian culture by visiting the nearby village of Somosomo on Naviti Island. This trip is limited in space to 20 students.

In keeping with our school mission to “go beyond…with a purpose higher than self,” this trip combines education, adventure, and service. The trip meets the travel requirement for the Global Studies Concentration. View the flyer for more information. Click here for the group information and enrollment page.  This trip is currently FULL.

London, Paris and Madrid (10 Day Trip)

Trip Dates: Spring Break 2022
Cost: $4,357
Who can go: Open to all students currently enrolled and their family members.
Over the centuries, London and Paris have witnessed many transformational moments. Monuments to their key roles in history are present everywhere, from Buckingham Palace to the Louvre. Madrid has gained in stature more recently—it was named the capital of Spain in the 16th century. Today Madrid is a world center of art, and it’s also one of the world’s greenest cities. The trip meets the travel requirement for the Global Studies Concentration. Click here for trip information and enrollment.

Iceland – Early Summer 2022 (7 Day Trip)

Trip Dates: June 1-7, 2022

Cost: $4,555

Who can go: Open to all students currently (2021-2022 school year) in grades 9, 10 and 11 (classes of 2023, 2024, and 2025).

Discover science in action throughout Iceland on a once-in-a-lifetime school trip–even if you’re not a STEM student! See alternative energy sources in action on a visit to the Hellisheidi Power Station. Taste tomatoes grown year-round in a greenhouse using advanced geothermal technologies and bread made underground using geothermal heat. At the famous Blue Lagoon, feel the warm waters of a geothermal spa against your skin. On excursions to other geothermal areas, learn how locals use hot water from hot springs to heat their homes. Feel the heat bubbling up from the earth on trips to mud pools, hot springs, fumaroles and geysers. See a volcanic crater created by an eruption in 1973 and walk on black basalt-sand beaches built from extinct volcanoes. Stand where two tectonic plates meet and where two continents diverge. On the colder side of Iceland, hike across a glacier and taste pure glacial water. Then walk through a cave carved into a glacier to see the layers of ice that tell scientists so much about our climate past.  And, of course, experience the breathtaking beauty of Iceland’s unique landscapes, flora and fauna with hiking trips to waterfalls, outings to pet Icelandic ponies and a ferry trip to an island popular with puffins. The near-midnight sun of June in Iceland will feel like a different world.

Watch this short video for a quick glimpse into the wonders students will experience on this trip. Note that this trip meets the travel requirement for the Global Studies and STEM Concentrations. For more details on the specifics of the trip, please fill out this interest form or reach out to Ginger Chapman (gchapman@tampaprep.org), Amanda Helip-Wooley (ahelipwooley@tampaprep.org ) or Brian Sarkozy (bsarkozy@tampaprep.org ), the trip coordinators.