Friday Electives & Field Trips

Fridays are a full day of academic enrichment and fun electives. Fridays are flexible and laid back but filled from end to end with engaging activities. Students may begin arriving at 9:00 and may stay until 2:00.

Each of our Friday Field Trips provide an amazing opportunity for children to experience education beyond the classroom, explore the world around them, apply their learning in a real-world way, and for families to get to know one another. 

Students also participate in age-appropriate, fun, engaging, and academic electives such as: STEM Challenge, Deconstruction Class, World Passport Class, and Fine Arts. They participate in clubs and making seasonal crafts, creating and playing strategic board games, practicing coding to create video games (with programs like Tynker, FlowLab, and Scratch), and joining in the action during our PE games, WiiFit, fitness, outings, and community service opportunities.

Students also participate in our social and emotional development course called Overcoming Obstacles. Overcoming Obstacles life skills curriculum focuses on developing three fundamental skills on which all other skills can be built: communication, decision making, and goal setting. Through lessons and activities, students will learn valuable skills and discover how those skills are relevant to their lives.

Field Trips

Each of our Friday Field Trips provide an amazing opportunity for children to experience education beyond the classroom, explore the world around them, apply their learning in a real-world way, and for families to get to know one another. 

First Friday of the Month Field Trips.  We always invite the whole family to attend these wonderful, community-building events. These field trips require parents to drive the students to the event and stay to chaperone. We are planning some awesome field trips to places like iFly Indoor Skydiving Wind Tunnel, Santa Ana Fire Museum, USS Midway, Lyon Air Museum, Angel’s Baseball Stadium, Gemology Institute of America, The Carlsbad Flower Fields, and California African American Museum to name a few. These will be scheduled depending on COVID restrictions and closures. These field trips are optional and may cost additional fees. The cost is usually $0-$35/person.

In-House Field Trips. These field trips offer a glimpse into the real world and provide additional context for the children’s learning. These events include professionals coming to the academy to share their expertise and experiences with the students. These range from traveling zoos to authors to performing artists. There is no charge for these field trips.

Virtual Field Trips.  These field trips also offer a glimpse into the real world and provide additional context for the children’s learning. These include professionals sharing their expertise with the children virtually from their place of business. These are exciting events because children are allowed to see behind the scenes where a typical field trip group could not normally venture. These will include a local favorite donut shop owner, surfboard shaper, artists, scientists, etc. There is no charge for these field trips.

Upcoming Field Trips: 

National Gymnastics Training Center
When:
Friday, June 4, 2021 / Time: 10:00a – 12:00p
Who: Students and immediate family (children must be chaperoned by parent or guardian)
Where: National Gymnastics Training Center – 4 Journey, #100, Aliso Viejo CA 92656 (Across from the Aliso Viejo Library)
Cost: $12 per participant

To Sign up, please visit our Field Trip Signup page or contact one of your teachers at the academy or email to admissions@american-academy.org 


Date
Location
Cost
Oct 2, 2020
Whale and Dolphin Watching, Dana Point
$12/person
Nov 6, 2020
Bee Field Trip, Granada Park, Mission Viejo
$8/child
Dec 4, 2020
STEM at iFly Oceanside (Indoor Skydiving)
See details
Jan 8, 2021
Health and Fitness Park Day, Mission Viejo
$5/child
Feb 5, 2021
Offshore Fishing Experience, Dana Point
$28/person
Mar 5, 2021
Ocean Institute Field Trip, Dana Point
$18/person
Apr 16, 2021
Wildflower Hike Field Trip, Corona Del Mar
FREE
May 7, 2021
Lyon Air Museum
$10/person