Middle School Global Programs
From experiencing the magic of Paris in the spring and noshing on tapas in Spain, to living on the campus of a boarding school in the English countryside, international travel experiences have profoundly affected many DA students' perspectives on the world.
Every other summer, a group of Middle Schoolers travels to England and joins students from around the world for a three-week program offered by the Independent Schools Cultural Alliance (ISCA).
ISCA staff, school faculty and students stay on the campus of Charterhouse School, situated in the English countryside about 35 miles southwest of London. In addition to several day trips to London, students take excursions to Winchester, Portsmouth, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford, Blenheim Palace, Stratford, Windsor and Canterbury. Every third day, students remain on campus for group activities and sports.
For more than three decades, eighth-grade French students have had the opportunity to experience the magic of Paris (and nearby areas) in spring! Over the course of this 10-day Spring Break trip, students spend the majority of their time in Paris — dining on crêpes, learning to make French pastries and soaking in such sights as Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Musée d'Orsay and the Eiffel Tower.
In addition, the group takes excursions to Normandy, Provence, Senlis, Chantilly and Arles.
Feasting on paella, strolling through the Prado museum and Rastro market, and noshing on tapas ... it's all on the itinerary for the Middle School's Spring Break trip to Spain! Over the course of this two-week trip, students spend time in Madrid, Toledo, Sevilla and Granada.
A few highlights of recent trips have included making traditional Spanish fans in Sevilla, taking in the vibrant colors of Los Patios de Córdoba and learning to make authentic Spanish cuisine at a Toledo cooking school.