Learning Beyond Our Campus

Learning beyond our campus provides students in all grades with opportunities to experience the world around them. Lessons come to life and in addition to making wonderful memories for each class, trips engage our students physically, allowing them to bring their energies to the learning process, to solve problems in a "real-world" environment, and to bring an experiential dimension to classroom activities.

These trips are more than just a day outside the classroom – they are seamless extensions of the curriculum that engage students’ natural curiosity, encouraging them to ask, “why?”

Lower School

  • Fourth graders see the impact of conflict as they visit the Revolutionary War battleground at Cowpens. 
  • Third graders visit Walnut Grove Plantation, linking the past and the present to answer the question, “Why does history matter?” 
  • Second graders shadow an adult at work as part of their unit on occupations. 
  • Human nutrition comes to life as First graders visit Happy Cow Creamery or tour a local Publix.  
  • Primers come to understand the importance of recycling while visiting a nearby landfill.

Middle School

  • Fifth-graders are introduced to the Middle School – and to each other – during outdoor experiences at Paris Mountain State Park early in the school year. Students engage in activities that focus on skills of cooperation and socialization. Later in the year, fifth-grade students spend two days studying the flora and fauna in Western North Carolina at Mountain Trail Outdoor School at Kanuga in Hendersonville, NC.
  • Sixth-grade students travel to the Charlotte, North Carolina for an Extreme Challenge where they participate both in cooperative and leadership activities. Students will also visit Camp Greenville to participate in an environmental awareness, science based program and adventure activities.  In addition students release home-raised trout at Table Rock State Park. Sixth graders travel to the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center at Camp St. Christopher to experience parts of their science curriculum. They examine oceans and various ecological concepts such as habitats, adaptations, and conservation. Activities help to not only build community within our group, but also help students to better understand nature and to recognize that we are a part of it. 
  • Seventh and eighth-grade students enjoy overnight trips that widen the scope of their classroom studies while also providing a recreational outlet. Along with their study of Colonial America in English and history classes, seventh-graders spend three days in Washington D.C. and surrounding areas. Eighth-grade students visit Disney World and EPCOT, where they enjoy a physics-related tour, a world geography experience, and the Magic Kingdom. Seventh and eighth graders may also elect to serve on a mission trip over Fall Break to Allendale, SC and Savannah, GA.

Summer opportunities, though varied each year, have recently included a student exchange with schools in Japan and a middle school program in southern England.

Upper School

The CCES Upper School is filled with exciting opportunities to see the world up close, from Greenville County to the other side of the globe.  

  • The Ninth Grade Mystery Trip bonds freshmen together during their first week of school by whisking them off for two days to a destination so secret that even their parents are not told exactly where they’re going until after the buses leave! Past classes have shared excursions to Niagara Falls, Cleveland, Ohio Amish Country, and Nashville.
  • Day long field trips associated with a class are a common occurrence in the Upper School. In addition, students are invited to participate in trips all over the world. Past student trips have included Model United Nations Trips to Washington D.C. and Emory University in Atlanta as well as missions to Ecuador and South Africa. Other trips include Language and Culture trips to Italy, Greece, Spain, and France.