Trips & Travel
Occasionally, the extended-day children in Primary may have a field trip with their class. Parents will be informed of trips at least one week in advance for short (one-day) field trips. Permission for trips is coordinated through Magnus.
Going out on trips is encouraged for Elementary students. Although whole-group field trips are taken, outings in the Lower and Upper Elementary are mainly initiated by small groups of children under the guidance of the teacher. The purpose of this going out is to foster independence by making connections with the world beyond the school community to support ongoing classroom work.
Parents will be informed of whole-class trips at least one week in advance for short (one-day) field trips. For longer trips that include overnight stays, there will be at least one month’s advance notice. Permission for trips is coordinated through Magnus.
Middle School & High School
Middle and High School students are often on the school’s extended campus around the Houston Museum District. This is a core part of the Middle and High School experiences and extends student work directly into real-world connections and applications. These excursions support the growing independence of adolescents and provide context to the courses of study.
Overview and Guidelines for Class Outings
Traveling off-campus requires a great deal of trust. For any of the following trips to take place, parents must trust teachers and administration to choose locations and experiences that are safe, developmentally appropriate, relevant to the Montessori curriculum and enriching. Traveling provides additional freedom within limits, so teachers must trust the students to behave in a safe, responsible manner.
The trips are an integral part of the core academic experience. Students are expected to participate. At the same time, participation in the trips is a privilege and not a right. Each student’s behavior must give their teacher the confidence that the safety of all participants and the integrity of the trip can be maintained at all times without the need for constant, one-on-one supervision. If teachers do not have confidence in a student’s ability to handle themselves appropriately, the student will not be allowed to travel. The student will stay home from school on these days and will be counted absent.
Students are expected to follow the school dress guidelines on trips at all times. Some sites, programs, or meals may require special dress. Changes in dress guidelines for these special sites or events will be communicated by your child’s teacher in advance.
On trips, students are expected to follow classroom and school guidelines for their behavior. Depending upon the circumstances, the need may arise for teachers to create guidelines unique to a particular setting (behavior in a hotel, for example). These expectations will be communicated prior to the trip. A student may be asked to leave a school trip if his/her actions, comments, or language:
- compromises the physical or mental safety or well-being of the individual, another person, or the entire community; and/or
- violates the trust of the adult chaperones and guardians in such a way that the activities/functions of the school trip cannot be carried out effectively.
The sections below describe the trips as well as the rationale for decreasing levels of direct supervision. As students move toward adolescence and beyond, they naturally strive to try on adult roles. Our aim is to provide opportunities for students to exercise this natural inclination in safe, positive ways. An intentional, planned balance of freedom within limits is necessary for students to exercise their independence and experience the satisfaction that comes with being trusted and taking responsibility for oneself.