In the Middle School, experiences focus on the outdoors where each trip complements the academic curriculum. These experiences in the great outdoors challenge, examine and cultivate teamwork, leadership and character development, all while having fun. Whether through individual or group pursuits, students are actively problem solving and overcoming challenges. Students experience what true leadership feels like while traversing and directing team members on a ropes course or through a group biological-inquiry kayak.
The Upper School devotes an entire week in the fall to experiential and outdoor education where students develop personal strength through experiential challenges; understand social responsibility by strengthening bonds on campus and in the global community; and are inspired to lead lives of intellectual development beyond their years at Country Day. The outdoor leadership approach continues through the sophomore year after which the focus shifts to college exploration and readiness.