In a world that is increasingly interdependent, building a global perspective as well as an appreciation and understanding of other cultures is a valuable educational goal that contributes to the future success of our students. An awareness of other cultures is the first step to defusing future conflict, allowing students to assume goodwill, and creating meaningful connections.
Francis Parker School offers a multitude of Global Experiential Learning Opportunities for both Middle and Upper School students. Our trips are designed to engage students in authentic, experiential learning that takes students beyond the classroom and connects our students with people from around the world.
We will take our classrooms out to the world through meaningful, age-appropriate opportunities for experiential education, service learning, environmental awareness, and character education.
- from the Francis Parker School Vision Statement
Paying for the Trips
Attendance on the trips requires an additional fee. Students are encouraged to work to help pay for the cost of the trips. Families who receive tuition assistance from Parker are automatically granted some financial assistance to help pay for the trips, and families who do not receive tuition assistance may apply for trip aid. Parker will assist with trip expenses for one international trip for each student during Middle School and one during Upper School.
International travel involves some degree of risk to both students and chaperones. The School has reviewed these risks and will continue to do so. Risks may include those associated with general travel, health, and personal safety, and will vary depending on the destination and activities of a particular trip. The faculty and staff chaperones have considered these risks and the School feels that the trips are conducted in line with best practices of other independent schools that engage in international travel opportunities. Parents should review the agendas for the various trips and ask all questions regarding concerns well in advance of signing up students to attend a trip.