One special part of a child's education at Grace Brethren Schools is grade level field trips. These trips allow students to create a special connection with the curriculum they have been studying in class. Along with their teachers, and parent chaperones, students visit and experience science and history with a hands-on learning experience that brings their education to life.
Trips to Underwood Farms, the Los Angeles Science Center, JPL, Post Office, the Reagan Library, Fire station, Santa Barbara Zoo and Van Nuys airport are just some of the exciting places that our classes go to. All of these trips are a part of the curriculum and are no additional cost to families.
There are three special field trips that students take that are an additional cost. In 2nd grade students end the year and their ocean unit with a trip to "across the sea" to Catalina. On the island of Catalina students get to explore the ocean on a glass bottom boat, feed the fish, and tour the city of Avalon. Each student and their parent chaperone have lunch and explore the city of Avalon before getting on the boat and heading back across to the mainland.
4th grade is California history! The students along with their parent chaperone fly to Northern California where they will spend three days exploring California history. The first day is downtown San Francisco where students explore the amazing Exploratorium Museum and then take a tour of Alcatraz followed by dinner on the piers. Day two opens by touring the Jelly Belly factory before we head out, put on our mining cloths and pan for gold alongside the American River in Coloma. The final day, students get a tour of the state capitol building, the CHP Academy and then some history in Old Town Sacramento. It is the perfect balance of learning while having fun and bonding as a class.
The final major field trip is our 6th grade science camp. All 6th grade students go away for a week to Forest Home Ojai. There, the students learn about God's creation around them, go to daily chapels while also having fun zip lining down the mountain and climbing a rock wall. Each year the 6th grade class bonds together during this time of sleeping in cabins and spending 5 days away from technology and the busyness of life.
Historical Studies Tour is an annual event for 8th grade students. This trip is uniquely tied with our 8th grade History class as part of the state framework and our school’s mandated curriculum. We are on our 19th year!
Virginia: Jamestown Settlement, Colonial Williamsburg, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and Monticello
Washington, D.C.United States Capitol
- White House
- Supreme Court
- Library of Congress
- National Archives
- Memorials: Lincoln, Vietnam, World War II, Korean War, Jefferson, Marine Corp, Air Force, Pentagon 9/11, FDR, MLK
- Washington Monument
- Mount Vernon
- Arlington National Cemetery
- National Museum of American History National Museum of Air and Space
Pennsylvania: Gettysburg, Amish Country, and Philadelphia (Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House)
New York: 9/11 Memorial, Broadway Show, Day in New York City
Massachusetts: Plymouth Plantation, Mayflower, Plymouth Rock, and Boston (Freedom Trail, Fenway Park, Harvard University, Tea Party Reenactment)
It is hard for me to put my thoughts of the trip in just a few sentences... I do believe it was a trip of a lifetime. There is not a trip available that you are able to see and experience as much as we did, in that period of time. Not to mention, what a fantastic deal it was. It was so awesome to have everything so well planned out for you. All you need to was show up on time. It truly was a wonderful opportunity for my daughters as well as me. - Julie Miller
The HST trip with Grace Brethren is the most amazing, must go on trip of your life time. You will be blessed in so many ways, by meeting other wonderful parents and students at Grace Brethren as well as seeing so many historical sites. Everyday on the HST trip is so organized; you will be able to see many places that the average tourist does not have the opportunity to see. I promise that if you do everything Mr. Koster says, from bringing 2 pair of shoes, WARM jacket, umbrella and raincoat, you will have memories and blessings to last you a lifetime.
- Debbie Marvin
The HST trip is a fun and educational way to learn and experience our nation's history. The trip allows us to genuinely value first hand our country's sacrifices and achievements. Furthermore, the sites visited are absolutely spectacular. - Cathy Paez
Our Sr High Students have many opportunties for off-campus education. We also have class trips and other annual events - see our events and traditions page for a complete list.
- Fall & Spring College Trips (Midwest & Southern California)
- Local College Visits
- Dr. Phil Show - Behavioral Studies
- Firehouse Cafe Field Trip for Behavioral Studies
- Community Service Events
- Children's Hunger Fund Drive
- Por Los Niños orphanage in Honduras
- Samaritan Center