Friday Electives & Field Trips

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.

As we cannot have every student from both 2-day programs physically at the academy on Fridays due to space constraints, we have planned some off-site activities to enrich the children’s learning experience. If we have enough participants at these off-site activities, we will not have to institute another system for attending our Free Friday Drop-in sessions.

Friday Walking Field Trips. These will be by invitation only. We will plan age-appropriate walking field trips near the academy. They will range from .5 – 2 miles and include places such as Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club, Jone’s Goat Yoga Farm, Sepulveda Building Supply, Brain Builders, Academic Chess, The Food Court at the Mall, In-n-Out Burger, etc. Some of these field trips will require a drop off at the beginning of the day OR pick up at the  end of the day at the nearby locations so that students are only walking one direction or the other. We will request chaperones for these field trips as needed. These field trips are optional and may cost additional fees. The cost is usually $0-$15/person.

Friday Drop Off Field Trips. These will also be by invitation only. We will plan age-appropriate field trips where the students will be walking and exploring new areas and will be led by a tour guide or docent. Some places we are planning to explore include the historical Los Rios District in San Juan Capistrano, Dana Point Harbor–including a whale watching boat ride, and Laguna Beach Art District. We will also visit Sway Ballroom and Storymakers in Laguna Hills, as well as PE Camps at local gyms. These field trips will require a drop off at the beginning of the day AND pick up at the end of the day. We will request chaperones for these field trips as needed. These field trips are optional and may cost additional fees. The cost is usually $0-$20/person.

Upcoming Field Trips: 

little bee smell  the white flowerNext Field Trip:  “Bee Field Trip with our local bee expert, Andrea Loya” 
When: Friday, November 6th, 2020 / 10:30AM – 12:00PM 
Who: Students and immediate family (children must be chaperoned by parent or guardian)
Where: Granada Park, 27122 Via Grande, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Cost: $8 per child. (Adults free)

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
$8/child

Note:

  • Field Trips details are subject to change without prior notification.
  • Electives are selected for each semester based on student interest and weekly class schedule. Not all Electives listed above are offered throughout the year.