Trips and Global Opportunities

Class Trips

Freshman: Bradford Woods

This is an overnight trip to a park-like setting. The purpose is to foster class-bonding with experiential activities to encourage leadership and awareness of group dynamics. There is a cost to students. This trip is required.

Sophomore: Chicago

This trip includes visits to the Chicago Institute of Art and Adler Planetarium. Students also enjoy dinner in Greek Town. The trip enhances the tenth-grade curriculum in English, social studies, science and fine arts. There is a cost to students. This trip is required.

Junior: Tours of Colleges

Students visit public and private colleges of varying sizes, settings and selectivity to help them find the best college type to fit their needs. There is a cost to students. This trip is required.

Other Trips

Backpacking Trip

Each summer, sophomores are invited to travel to a wilderness area for a backpacking experience. Sites have included such beautiful areas as Wyoming, Colorado and Montana. At least some of the fun is the road trip to the destination. Students have visited rodeos, amusement parks, national parks and fun, out-of-the-way places in this adventure designed to help students grow by pushing themselves to their limits.

British Summer Trip

Every other summer, students have an opportunity to travel to England, Scotland and/or Wales to explore English history, culture and literature. The trips are designed around themes such as “literary landscapes” or “the quest for the historical King Arthur.” In an effort enjoy the beauty of the island, the trip is marked by walks through the hills and dales and over the hedgerows that provide so much of the charm of the British landscape. Students typically stay in historic inns or bed and breakfast accommodations.

Fantasy Sports: May Term Baseball Trip

This is a fun reward for the fantasy baseball May Term class; they get to see in action many of the players whose statistics we study for the 12-day class.

Orchestra Class: Lyric Opera

This trip every other year allows students to experience opera and orchestra performances in Chicago. There is a student cost.

Stratford Theatre Trip

Students have the opportunity to view some of North America's finest productions of Shakespeare and other great plays and musicals (three plays total). There is a student cost.

Australia Exchange

During the second semester of their sophomore year, students have an opportunity to participate in an exchange at either Radford College or Canberra Grammar School. Space is limited: Students must apply for the program and are selected by a committee. Students in this exchange program pay Canterbury tuition plus the cost of transportation and incidentals.

French Immersion and Exchange Program

Every other year, Canterbury offers a 10-day language immersion and exchange program with a public high school in Britanny. Students studying French in their junior or senior year, accompanied by their teacher, spend spring break in French homes hosted by French high school students. They attend school and experience true French life. The trip includes a brief excursion to Paris.

Spanish Immersion Program in Oaxaca , Mexico

The Spanish immersion program in Oaxaca, Mexico, takes place during Canterbury 's spring break. Students attend the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca for 10 class days. Each day is split between a morning session, with three hours of Spanish grammar instruction and one hour of conversation, and an afternoon session, with two-hour cultural workshops. On weekends, the group takes educational trips to locations such as the archeological ruins of Monte Alban, artisanal villages and the cultural attractions of Oaxaca City. Students live with host families screened and selected by the Instituto Cultural Oaxaca. In addition to receiving room and board (three meals per day) from their host families, students are exposed to everyday family life while practicing the Spanish they learn during class time. Participants must be sophomores or older, be in good standing in their Spanish class at Canterbury, and be in at least second-year Spanish.

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