We believe children learn by doing and benefit enormously from hands-on experiences. Whether inside the classroom or outside, experiential learning at Catlin Gabel is participatory. Experiential learning happens in the classrooms and during trips off campus. Field trips are an important part of the curriculum for each grade, linking classroom study with the real world and providing a variety of new and different hands-on experiences. Additionally, every grade level has a class trip starting with one night for 1st graders and building up to four nights for 5th graders. These trips strengthen community, deepen relationships, and enhance curricular learning.Apply Now
Lower School Experiential Days is an inquiry immersion week when children and teachers work in small, mixed-grade-level groups and venture beyond the classroom to share hands-on experiences such as hiking, photography, culture studies, dramatics, fishing, and cooking. Fun, new understandings and multi-age relationships are hallmarks of the week. The social context of learning cannot be underestimated.