Off-Campus Education

Off-Campus Education

Overview of the Off-Campus Education Program

Each year, students in grades 5-12 at The Pine School participate in off-campus education trips. These adventures expand our students’ worldviews and create lasting memories. The Pine School has for many years realized the importance of off campus educational opportunities.  In grades 5-12 it is a requirement, and all students are expected to participate in the experience offered.  All high school trips include Community Service which TPS counts as 15 hours towards the graduation requirement for our 9-12 grade students.

Our Off Campus Education Opportunities serve many important roles in our curriculum here at The Pine School. It allows students the real world experience to learn about different areas of our country. Students also learn a tremendous amount about themselves as they travel, learn and give back to the communities they visit through service projects. As the classes travel together, they grow and form lifelong relationships, friendships and memories,  all of which are a critical component to the learning and growing process of our young adults, that simply cannot be replicated in the classroom. We always look forward to successful Off Campus Education adventures and wait in anticipation to see the experiences these young adults bring home.

The Pine School has entered into a relationship with Grand Classroom, who organize several of our off-campus trips. Grand Classroom is a student travel organization that partners with schools to customize trips and provide a connection to and appreciation of the outdoors. The registration process for those trips are handled through the Grand Classroom website.

Please contact Ms. Tamara Litterick with any questions or for more information.


Often the first overnight school trip for these students, the 5th grade travels to Forever Florida, a 4,700-acre conservation area that offers ziplining, horseback riding & cattle herding.  Their mission is to preserve and protect the fragile ecosystems of Florida’s native wilderness, to provide a permanent protective habitat for wildlife, to maintain the historical ranching operation and to educate the public about the importance of conservation and the preservation of this unique ranching heritage.  Through this mission students are given the opportunity to really bond as class and continue to learn more about themselves.

6th grade students will visit Circle F Dude Ranch, located in central Florida.  The Ranch is located on 500 acres of lush live oaks, rolling hills and private 43 acre spring-fed lake which makes it the perfect place for an outdoor classroom. Environmental activities are designed to expose our students to the Central Florida Ecosystems in a fun and hands-on fashion. Through exploration, games and adventures tailored to the group, they will experience freshwater ecology, scrub forest and sand hill ecosystems. Activities also focus on connecting with our natural environment and living within these unique ecosystems. Students will participate in teambuilding activities using simple props, low ropes elements and lots of imagination to develop and practice communication, leadership, trust, safety, cooperation, decision-making and problem-solving skills.

7th grade students will travel to Florida's West Coast, for a Florida Spring and Busch Gardens Adventure. As a class, students will kayak the Wekiva River and visit the Withlacoochee State Park. Whether it be while swimming with the manatees, exploring caves or spending the night in the Tiger Lodge at Busch Gardens, the students will be forming life long memories and close relationships with their classmates.

Since 1991, it has been a Pine School Tradition for the 8 grade to spend 3 nights and 4 days at Camp Greenville.  Students explore the 1600-acre classroom in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The group participates in experiences to enhance self-esteem, build leadership skills, and develop self and group awareness while finding out about the great outdoors.  Camp Greenville has been providing these experiences that will lead to lifelong awareness and understanding for our youth since 1912.

9th grade students take a fun and educational trip to the Florida Everglades and Keys. The 4 night, 5 day trip includes visits to the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center, feeding Tarpon at Robbie’s dock, a Conch Train Tour and snorkeling at John Pennekamp. Students enjoy a hiking and kayak adventure before departing to Everglades National Park. While there students embark on a Shark Valley Tram Tour, Airboat Ride, Gator and Wildlife Show in addition to touring an organic herb garden. While on their adventure, the 9th grade students also participate in a service project, always the primary focus of our Off Campus Education experiences.

10th GRADE
10th grade students venture out to learn more about the history of our country and explore college choices for their future. While traveling to Washington DC, students visit Arlington National Cemetery, Kennedy Gravesites, the National Cathedral, Holocaust Museum and the Changing of the Guard. During their travels students get a chance to visit a wide variety of Colleges and Universities, including American University, Loyola University, John Hopkins University, George Mason University University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary.  Although it is a busy week for the sophomores, they find time to do a service project as well.

11th GRADE
11th grade students are sure to return from their NYC Outward Bound Adventure with a whole new perspective.  New York City’s rich human and physical resources provide opportunity for learning and adventure.  Students travel NYC streets and neighborhoods to discover firsthand the forces that shape the city. They engage with people, food, places and activities that are very different from their own experience. Our juniors participate in community service and adventure activities while in New York.

12th GRADE
Our seniors will travel to the US National Whitewater Center located in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Seniors will have this last opportunity to bond as a class and make lifelong memories while participating in over 27 land and sea activities at the center. The group will also enjoy a dinner cruise and take part in a local service project.

Selected Essays about New York City Outward Bound

Other Memories Off Campus Ed

“These trips truly bring classmates together. … Working together, laughing together, and just our memories together hold a special place in my heart.”
Sophia Siegel ’18, Savannah, Georgia

“The 10th grade college trip was one of my most wonderful experiences here at The Pine School. In the eyes of an international student, there are so many things to see and so many to talk about. … Through this trip, I was able to see the different styles and sizes of universities here in the United States and get a feel for what kind of college I would like when I am ready.”
Cici Long, Visiting Student from China, Southeastern College Trip

Off Campus NYC“This experience taught me that things don’t always go as planned, but there are always people who are willing to help when you need it. I learned how to budget, and I learned about the many and varied cultures living in New York City.”
Jack Stubblefield ’14, New York City Outward Bound

“We walked with bags on our back. We walked in the rain. We walked in the wind. We walked in the sunshine. This cultural excursion forced us to escape our comfort zones in New York for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Brittany Edwards ’14, New York City Outward Bound