Back-to-school grade trips and activities are a defining part of Calhoun's Upper School experience. From outings around the city, to self-reflection in the classroom, spending time together before the start of the school year allows students to build community with their peers. Read more about each grade's activities below.
Every year, the 9th graders kick off the year with a camping trip. It’s a fun and valuable opportunity for our new and returning students to renew friendships and make new ones. With the support of their Peer Leaders, the students engaged in a wide range of team-building challenges and group activities that serve as an exciting start to the school year.
The 10th grade came together for a memorable team-building experience at High Exposure, where they engaged in activities that promoted collaboration and growth through movement and exploration. The following day, they took the ferry to Governors Island, delving into our vibrant city's rich cultural and recreational opportunities.
To begin the year, 11th graders split up into groups to visit museums and historical sites in Lower Manhattan, choosing either the African Burial Ground Monument and Museum, the Museum of the American Indian, or Federal Hall and Trinity Church. The next day, they gathered at Riverside Park to do community service work.
The College Counseling Office hosted a two-day College Kick-Off for seniors. The program aimed to give 12th graders all the tools they need to manage their college application process. The group also spent time reflecting together, thinking about self-care during a stressful time, and building a culture of community care.
To see additional photos from the opening activities, visit Calhoun's private media gallery.