Fall Project Week
For one week in October, Altamont’s doors swing open and the world becomes our classroom. A staple of the Altamont curriculum since the late ’90s, Project Week allows students to learn through experience. These dynamic journeys range in subject matter and cost so that every student can enjoy unique educational opportunities. Recent trips have included community service in Birmingham, tours of colleges and universities in the Northeast, and trips to the Mississippi Delta, Chicago, Sweden, Rome, Texas, Savannah, Hawaii, Yosemite, San Francisco, France, Washington DC, Disney World, the Grand Canyon and many more!
Fifth graders enjoy Camp McDowell Environmental Camp where they have fun exploring the 900-acre outdoor classroom. The hands-on science program helps students understand the natural world with such classes as “Forest Critters,” “Pond and Stream,” “Down to Earth,” and “Rock Query.” Other activities include outdoor fun and games and a night hike. Students learn team-building and problem-solving skills while they get to know their new classmates.
Trip Leader: Niko Tsivourakis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Seventh graders travel to Camp High Rocks in western North Carolina, which provides an atmosphere that elevates community and personal growth. Students hone their adventure skills with such activities as rock climbing, ropes courses, backpacking and canoeing. At the same time, students try new things while they learn to trust one another, and work through difficult situations as a team, helping develop confidence, good decision-making skills and a sense of social responsibility.
Trip Leader: Matt Kirkpatrick, email@example.com
The eighth grade travels to Washington, D.C. for a close look at our government at work, a trip that enriches their current history class. The itinerary includes a visit to the White House, a tour of Antietam National Battlefield, a day at the Smithsonian museums, visits to many National Park Service sites, as well as a trip to Charlottesville, Virginia, for a visit to Monticello, hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and canoeing on the Shenandoah River.
Trip Leader: Ally Leonard, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ninth grade students cap off their all-class FPW trips at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Students work on building community and leadership skills through a variety of activities led by experienced facilitators. They also participate in Disney’s Youth Education Series class “Techniques of Teamwork”. Students have the opportunity to explore the parks in small groups and enjoy the magic of Disney!
Trip Leader: Lauren Borst, email@example.com
A scholarship fund, named in honor of former Head of School Martin Hames’ mother, Mary Hames, provides help with expenses for students who might not otherwise be able to travel. Please click here for more information on the Mary Hames Fund and for the application.