New Horizons Week provides sixth, seventh and eighth graders with opportunities for personal challenge and helps students develop lifelong teambuilding skills.
The overnight trips are keyed to the curriculum and are special milestones for each grade level.
Sixth graders spend a few nights at a retreat in Florida. In recent years, students have stayed at the Circle F Dude Ranch Camp in Lake Wales, which offers teambuilding adventures for schools. Students navigate obstacle courses to learn to problem solve and work together, and they challenge themselves mentally and physically on rock-climbing walls, ropes activities and ziplines. Environmental science activities also reinforce our science and social studies curriculum. The trip strengthens relationships in the sixth-grade class, helps students gain a better understanding of the environment, encourages students to accept responsibility and fosters attitudes of inquiry and openness to challenge.
Seventh grade heads to Pine Mountain in Georgia for Wolfcreek, an intense junior Outward Bound experience that many Corbett Prep graduates consider one of the highlights of their schooling. Hiking, backpacking, camaraderie and primitive camping are all part of this 30-year tradition. Students conquer their fears, connect with the outdoors, develop new opportunities to learn about each other and prove to themselves that they can overcome difficult situations.
Eighth graders take off to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, to see firsthand the sites and artifacts significant in U.S. history, which they have studied all year. Woven into the trip are workshops on leadership, interactions with other schools from across the United States and a Mock Congress session to learn about the inner workings of the legislative branch of government.