MS Student Trips

At Elgin Academy we recognize that invaluable lessons are learned outside the classroom. Our middle school trip week program, at the beginning of the school year, is an essential component of experiential learning for our students. Our trip program is designed to offer an array of cultural, historical, recreational, and real-world learning opportunities to enrich our students learning experiences.

In the Middle School, each grade level has unique learning experiences that complement the academic curriculum. Our fifth graders take a day trip to the Challenger Learning Center and an overinght at the Lorado Taft Field Center. Our sixth graders travel to the Lorado Taft Field Center—an outdoor education center affiliated with Northern Illinois University. Edwards YMCA Camp, on the shores of Lake Beulah in Troy, Wisconsin is the destination of seventh graders. Our eighth graders participate in a multi-day tour of Springfield, featuring a visit to the Lincoln Museum and our state capital.

There is added value to trip week experiences for all students that go beyond the educational component. Students come to know each other (and the faculty and divisional administrators) in a less informal setting than the classroom as they work collaboratively on a variety of activities. This bonding is an invaluable part of Elgin Academy’s taking learning personally experience. Additionally, whether through individual or group pursuits, students are actively problem solving and working on leadership skills as they overcoming intellectual and physical challenges.

Finally, the success of Trip Week is attributed to the teachers, staff, and administrators who accompany our students to their various destinations. These individuals honor their taking learning personally commitment to students by willingly giving their time to enrich the overall educational experience for middle and upper school students.


Elgin Academy junior high students on field trip to Northern Illinois University