Lessons Outside the Classroom
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, which have inspired students to see themselves as agents of positive change. Three of our faculty members also serve as Service Learning and Outreach Coordinators to form new partnerships and implement service learning into curriculum across all divisions.
To learn more about our service learning programs, please visit out 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.
We believe learning to ski reinforces the belief that bodies in motion make for better minds. Whether it's downhill or cross-country, skiing helps children build confidence and self-reliance by honing a physical skill. They are able to enjoy community in the beauty of nature, learn the importance of fitness, and overcome challenges.
SCDS also offers an Ice Skating and an Art Program for students who choose to stay on campus each Friday.
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, trips 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.
Middle School students also take Class Trips, which have previously included visits to Boston, Italy, London, and Vietnam. 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.
- Grade 4: Camp Burton with Doc O
- Grade 5: Victoria, BC
- Grade 6: Ashland, OR
- Grade 7: American History
- Grade 8: International Capstone Trip
Each year, grade 7 students and faculty members take a national trip related to American History lessons they've been learning in the classroom. Past trips have included Boston and the southern United States. You can read more about last year's trip on Grade 7 Language Arts Teacher Mr. Tchen's blog here.