All 8th graders participate in a week-long study trip that has a language focus. Students studying French go to Quebec
, those studying Spanish visit Nicaragua
, and students studying Mandarin travel to Taiwan
. In addition to language immersion, 8th graders may engage in service projects and cultural art activities, participate in historical inquiries, and make friends with locals. View this student's video blog
about his travels to Taiwan. Upper School
Each year, Crystal offers a handful of global experiential learning opportunities for its students. In recent years, they traveled to China, France, Peru, India, Spain, Morocco, Germany, Zambia, and Botswana. Trips to to Cuba, Costa Rica, and England (for theater) are on the horizon. Many of these excursions are tied to curriculum while others complement courses being taught on campus. For example, students in the Modern Middle East course recently traveled to Spain and Morocco. Many have service components, guided historical inquiries, robust people-to-people exchanges, and cultural activities aimed to fully immerse students in different cultures.