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Experiential Education

Experiential Education

Our program offers a blend of three major elements: outdoor adventure, cultural and natural immersion, and team building. It is our intention to stretch our students physically, mentally, and intellectually as they navigate unfamiliar situations that demand risk taking and decision making. Our emergent and ever-evolving program provides students with experiences that broaden their imaginations, sparks their curiosity, and helps them become more appreciative of each other and our planet.

 5th grade: Angel Island 

In the spring, students ferry over to Angel Island, an uninhabited island in the SF Bay. Students visit the Chinese Immigration Museum, reinforcing concepts of their classroom focus on the Chinese Immigration Act. The students spend one night camping on the island and have opportunities for hiking, beach exploration, camp cooking, and learning about the history of San Francisco. 

6th Grade: Point Reyes National Seashore 

As an introduction to our middle school experiential education program, the 6th graders spend three days and two nights immersed in activities structured around local watersheds, organic farming, and beach exploring. Team building and community stewardship weave these experiences together. 

7th Grade: Yosemite National Park

During this year's four day tent camping trip in Yosemite National Park, students cleaned their own dishes, explored spider caves, hiked up Yosemite Falls, and studied how the Miwok culture existed in the area for thousands of years.

8th Grade: Flexible Destination 

The 8th grade trip is more fluid and flexible in its design and destinations. From whitewater rafting and night kayaking along the Mendocino coast, to backpacking, camping, and studying historic cultures in the Presidio National Park, to spending the week snorkeling, camping, and learning about the unique flora and fauna of the Catalina Islands, students are encouraged to explore together and bond as a class in their last year at PHS.