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WES students are on the move and getting hands-on experience each year! Students take study trips around the DC metro area, in the US, and abroad in Europe.
Whether the destination is around the beltway to feel the soft hair on a baby goat at the farm or to closely examine the 470 BC Greek fresco Diver’s Tomb in Paestum, Italy, all of the senses are engaged. These first-hand experiences provide jumping-off points for students to ask questions, read more, and to explore and embrace the world around them. Our extensive and unique study trips program involve students at every grade level.
Like so much at WES, one experience builds on another, exponentially increasing the benefits. So it is with the school’s study trips which progress from fifth- through eighth-grade that our students travel to Civil War sites, the Desert Southwest, cross the ocean to tour Italy, and then conclude their adventures with a trip to France or Spain in Grade 8.
Grade 2: Chesapeake Bay, Washington National Cathedral, The U.S. Supreme Court
Grade 3: Annapolis, Kennedy Center
Grade 4: Monticello, Washington National Cathedral, National Portrait Gallery, Claude Moore Farm
Grade 5: Antietam and Harpers Ferry, Kennedy Center, Museum of American Art
Grade 5 – Civil War in our Area (Overnight)
Fifth-graders take the first step with an overnight trip that includes the Civil War sites of Antietam and Harpers Ferry. Through reenactments and guest speakers, students experience the drama of the pivotal battles fought along Bloody Lane and at Burnside Bridge, Antietam landmarks. The second day, students tour Harpers Ferry to learn about John Brown’s raid and the role this historic city played in the Civil War.
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