Lessons Outside the Classroom

Service Learning and Outreach


SCDS's service learning program strives to foster a life-long commitment to service and outreach. We have partnered with organizations such as City Fruit, The Sophia Way, Food Lifeline, and Aegis Living, partnerships which have inspired students to see themselves as agents of positive change. 

To learn more about our service learning programs, please visit our service learning blog



Winterim is an SCDS tradition more than 30 years in the making. Over six Fridays during January and February, the entire student body, faculty, parents — and for one Friday, our alumni — hit the slopes and the ice skating rink.

Skiing and skating help children build confidence and self-reliance by honing a physical skill. They are able to enjoy community, learn the importance of fitness, and overcome challenges.


Field Trips


Leaving the classroom and spending time in the wider community is an integral part of the SCDS experience. For our Lower and Intermediate School students, such trips may include seeing plays at Seattle Children's Theatre, applying scientific inquiry at the zoo, understanding economics at Pike Place Market, and working together at the North Station Recycling Center. Intermediate School students also take longer, overnight trips. 

Class Trips


Middle School students also take class trips, which have included visits to Washington, D.C., Boston, Italy, London, Vietnam, and Germany. These shared experiences solidify the lessons incorporated into the classroom and culminate their year with memories that will last for a lifetime.

Learn more by viewing our accordion below.

Class Trips by Grade Level

Seattle Country Day students skiing together during Winterim.