What if your options were to read a novel about George Washington or visit his home and sit on his veranda, which would you choose? Which could prove to be more interesting and provide you with a more personal understanding of what helped shaped the man? Our unique Field Studies program integrates academic content areas into a realistic approach to learning beyond the classroom environment. Through one-day field trips or weeklong field studies, student’s experience learning in a natural setting as well as reinforcing concepts taught in the classroom. This curricular component offers distinctive opportunities for observation, research and interaction all within the setting of where history was made. Field studies build responsible and cooperative learning opportunities in real life situations providing academic, social, cultural and team work experience and practice. The historic and educational settings change with the grade level and emotional readiness of the students.
Grades 5 & 6 : Astro Camp in Idyllwild, California or Catalina Environmental Program in Catalina Island, California. Each fall, ICA students in grades 5 & 6 travel for a 3 day experience to Astro Camp or Catalina Island
Students spend three days at Astro Camp focusing on various astronomy and physical science including rocketry, rock climbing, microgravity snorkeling and many other team building activities. The experience is designed to sharpen student interest in the scientific study of the universe and the team work it requires.
Catalina Environmental Program:
Students spend three days at Santa Catalina Island where they investigate life in the oceans. Rich program offering like marine snorkeling, kayaking, investigating tide pools, researching in a kelp lab, and composting help foster environmental stewardship, peer relationships, and self-confidence.
Jamestown, Williamsburg and Washington, D.C.:
Students explore the earliest roots of our nation as they follow a historic trail from Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World, to Williamsburg, Virginia’s Colonial capital and hotbed of colonial resistance to the English Crown, and then to a world capital city, America’s capital Washington, D.C. This trip presents an in-depth look at how America developed as a culture, and nation founded on democratic principles and a global leader of the free world.
Sacramento to San Francisco:
Students explore the capital of California home of the eighth largest economy in the world. This exploration includes migration, cultural diversity, and natural resources of the state both yesterday and today, all through hands on experience. Panning for gold, exploring caverns and gold mines, researching native peoples of the area, and the boom-to-bust stories of cities, towns and people who made California such a rich subject of study. Walk through the halls of the golden dome capital building and learn what legislation is on the minds of the citizens of the state today.