A Bonding Experience and Initiation into Upper School

At the start of the school year and before classes begin, all 9th grade students participate in a five-day Outward Bound expedition to the Michaux State Forest in Shippensburg, PA. Outward Bound has more than fifty years of experience, and our partnership with them ensures that the program will be an intentional, safe, and dynamic experience for our students.
Outward Bound’s learning approach, one that “emphasizes high achievement through active learning, character development, and teamwork,” is an excellent complement to our existing orientation, advisory, and sports programs that will make the transition to Upper School both easier and more meaningful for our students. The creation of a positive group culture emphasizes compassion, integrity, excellence, and inclusion—the same values we find in every SCH classroom. Outward Bound expeditions are a natural extension of our existing 9th grade program.

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