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!

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.

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. 
  • 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.
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Domestic Travel

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  • 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.