In recent years, Middle School students have taken field trips to Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The Tenement Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, the Buehler Challenger and Science Center, the Jamaica Bay wetlands, the Newtown Creek Water Treatment Plant, the Brooklyn Museum, and Shakespeare plays around the city. Additionally, students in grades 6-8 get to participate in a full-grade outdoor trip each year. Through these excursions, students gain an appreciation of the natural world while while developing leadership and community skills.
Every year, the entire eighth grade travels to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Maryland where many effects of climate change on coastal communities are first felt-- affecting its people, economy and ecosystems. Students engage in local projects at a marine research lab, a biodynamic farm, a vineyard, a food pantry, and in oyster beds! They spend the week as farmers, scientists, ethnographers, artists, apprentices and, importantly, as kids.
Under the aegis of the World Leadership School, Middle School faculty also accompany a smaller group of 7th and 8th graders to Costa Rica over spring break, for a program that includes a service learning project, Spanish language immersion, and cultural connections with members of a village community.