Learning

Global Classroom

St. Mary's School is proud to offer our students an array of both domestic and international travel opportunities.

Among the more tradtional trips such as our East Coast or Deep South  options for 8th graders, St. Mary's has educational exchanges with cities in Germany and Argentina for an entire mod, or our Mod Abroad class, which allows for three weeks of study and two weeks traveling abroad. 

Explore below for our many options. 

Mod Abroad

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  • Mod Abroad 2018: Southeast Asia

    In December 2018, 21 students and 3 teachers travelled across Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia in an adventure they would never forget. The group spent 10 days with in Bangkok, Siem Reap, and Ho Chi Minh City.


  • Mod Abroad 2020: Japan

    We'll spend the mod exploring the fascinating history, literature, art history, religion, and culture of Japan from ancient to modern times. Along the way we'll learn about the customs and food of Japan as well a little bit of the Japanese language.  Key historical topics will include the establishment of the samurai, the Tokugawa shogunate period, the Meiji Restoration, Japan's rapid industrialization, World War II and Japan's post-war reconstruction.  We will read literature from the Heian period, Japan's golden age, the haiku of Basho, and stories from the first Nobel laureate, Yasunari Kawabata among other texts.  All of this will be in preparation for a trip to Japan.

    Yokosa!  Dozo yoroshiku onegaishimasu!  Welcome to Japan!  There is no more fascinating and paradoxical country to visit than Japan.  The mix of ultramodern and traditional are apparent everywhere you visit, from the visual feast of Tokyo and the hustle and bustle it embodies to the peaceful shrines and gardens of Kyoto and the ancient traditions and culture it represents.  Jim Meyer, who lived and worked in Japan for several years, and the Hunters who have spent extensive time studying the literature, art history, and culture of Japan will lead the Mod Abroad classes and ten-day trip to Japan. Students have a packed itinerary and will be able to see a good chunk of the country by traveling from Tokyo to Hiroshima on the bullet train and visiting a variety of cities, castles, and ancient sights along the way.  And they'll get to eat some delicious food including sushi, sashimi, okinomiyaki, udon, ramen, yakitori, and many other Japanese delicacies. It's going to be an incredible trip!

     

  • Mod Abroad 2021: Spain

    More information coming soon!

Aug Mod Trips

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  • Aug Mod 2018: Yellowstone

    Students will spend the week camping in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), with Yellowstone National Park at its center.
    • National Park Service scientists will guide students through habitat restoration and bison research projects.
    • Students will travel to the Lamar Valley to study wolf packs and see geysers and hot pools up close.
    • This amazing trip will culminate in a celebratory rafting trip down the Yellowstone River.
     
    Dates: August 6-14, 2018
    Program cost: $2900 (dependent on airfare cost) covers: food, lodging, and transportation
    Credit: One Science Credit
    Interested? Contact Ms. Holly Bensel.
  • Aug Mod 2019: Ecuador and Galapagos

    Our St. Mary's high school students had the amazing opportunity to travel with their peers to Ecuador & The Galapagos during Aug Mod 2019. This trip was themed "Community Project & Wildlife Adventure." Our students completed a community service project in the small village of Cayambe at the foothills of the Andes Mountains - and had some fun cooking local cuisine, hanging with some alpacas, playing futbol, and so much more!

     
     

Study Abroad Exchanges

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  • Argentina

    Summer and Mod programs/exchanges are available in Argentina for any interested students. Mr. O'Gwin runs this academic program, you can reach him at cogwin@smschool.us with any questions.
  • China Bridge

    The Confucius Classroom at St. Mary's School is proud to offer the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for our high school students. 

    This two week program is structured to enhance understanding between American and Chinese students. Through a combination of classroom study and excursions, students will have a unique opportunity to expand their language skills while experiencing China's rich culture, tradition, and history.

    For more information, please contact Ms. Dewing.
  • Germany

    The German exchange trip will take place in late July 2018. St. Mary's students will spend two weeks with their host families in Ochsenhausen, Germany. While there they will attend the Gymnasium Ochsenhaused with their host siblings. 

    While in Germany students will also visit Neuschwanstein, Konstanz and Ulm as well as travel to Weimar and the concentration camp Buchenwald, Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg.

    For more information or to reserve your spot on this exchange travel opportunity, please contact Ms. Pyle.

Foreign Travel

These foreign travel opportunities offer both academic tourism and service opportunities for our students and occur annually.

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  • Argentina Exchange

    Summer and Mod programs/exchanges are available in Argentina for any interested students. Mr. O'Gwin runs this academic program, you can reach him at cogwin@smschool.us with any questions. 
  • German Exchange

    The German exchange trip will take place in late July 2018. St. Mary's students will spend two weeks with their host families in Ochsenhausen, Germany. While there they will attend the Gymnasium Ochsenhaused with their host siblings. 

    While in Germany students will also visit Neuschwanstein, Konstanz and Ulm as well as travel to Weimar and the concentration camp Buchenwald, Dresden, Berlin and Hamburg.

    For more information or to reserve your spot on this exchange travel opportunity, please contact Ms. Pyle.
  • China Bridge

    The Confucius Classroom at St. Mary's School is proud to offer the Chinese Bridge Summer Camp for our high school students. 

    This two week program is structured to enhance understanding between American and Chinese students. Through a combination of classroom study and excursions, students will have a unique opportunity to expand their language skills while experiencing China's rich culture, tradition, and history.

    For more information, please contact Ms. Dewing.
  • Spring Break Trip Indonesia

    St. Mary's is pleased to offer students the opportunity to travel over Spring Break. Information about the Spring Break trip to Indonesia can be found HERE.

  • Casas de Luz

Domestic Travel

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  • Aug Mod 2018: Yellowstone

    Students will spend the week camping in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem (GYE), with Yellowstone National Park at its center.
    • National Park Service scientists will guide students through habitat restoration and bison research projects.
    • Students will travel to the Lamar Valley to study wolf packs and see geysers and hot pools up close.
    • This amazing trip will culminate in a celebratory rafting trip down the Yellowstone River.
     
    Dates: August 6-14, 2018
    Program cost: $2900 (dependent on airfare cost) covers: food, lodging, and transportation
    Credit: One Science Credit
    Interested? Contact Ms. Holly Bensel.
  • 8th Grade Washington, D.C. Trip

    At the end of their 8th grade year, students are able to journey to the East Coast as a culmination of their studies US History. The students begin in Boston, then travel to Philadelphia, New York City, and finish up in Washington, D.C.
  • 8th Grade New Orleans Trip

    As a history teacher I always think it is important to encourage students to learn what it means to be part of a democracy, what it means to have liberties and civil rights, and what it looks like not to have these privileges.

    I would like to provide an opportunity for our students to step into close proximity to instances in history where fellow Americans were denied access to “The American Dream” due to their racial, economic, and social status. This kind of educational experience can encourage students to become more conscientious learners, and ultimately, more dedicated citizens of our democracy.

    Our focus will be on American History as it frames our current events and the social justice implications for our future. I am passionate about inspiring students to live intentionally and courageously as they grapple with today’s issues and seek ways to be the change they would like to see in the world.

    Attendees will soak up Southern culture while exploring certain aspects of American history such as the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama, life in Mississippi during the “Jim Crow” era, and rounding things out with our final stop in New Orleans, focusing on Plessy vs. Ferguson (Separate but Equal) and the Ruby Bridges experience.

    Students will visit these civil rights sites as well as other interesting stops such as the WWII museum, the South’s first United States Mint, and the Louisiana swamp. This trip will allow students not only to learn about the history of our country, but also to experience the vibrant culture of the American south. My hope is that this trip will provide students with the opportunity to think critically about the events of post-Reconstruction and the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the justice system as it existed in the past and as it is today.

    Program Dates: June 29th - July 6th
    Places to visit include but are not limited to:
    Alabama- (Montgomery) - Civil Rights Memorial, Dexter Ave. Baptist Church, Edmund Pettus Bridge, 1st White House of the Confederacy, National Memorial for Peace and Justice and more (non-academic activities and Southern eating) .https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/25/us/lynching-memorial-alabama.html
    Mississippi - (Jackson) - Civil Rights City Tour: Medgar Evers house, Capitol building, Farish Street (African American life during Jim Crow era), Jackson’s Farmer’s Market.
    Louisiana - (New Orleans) President of the Confederate (Jefferson Davis’ house), The site of Plessy vs. Ferguson, The site of Ruby Bridges (First attempt of desegeration in the south) The Quarter Court House (Housed the first black Congress members in the U.S. during Reconstruction), The Old U.S. Mint (Mardi Gras World, Jackson Square, Ursuline Convent, St. Louis Cathedral, Swamp Tour, Audubon Zoo and much more…

    Contact Ms. Higgins for more information.