Ask our alumni, and they’ll tell you that the annual grade-level trips for grades 4–8 top the highlight reel of their years at St. Francis. These overnight trips to locations throughout the state and nation allow our older students to experience independence and hands-on learning, bond with their fellow classmates, and apply their classroom learning in locales far from the desk and classroom.
Fourth Grade: A visit to Camp Balcones Springs in Marble Falls reinforces students’ study of Texas history through its “cowboys and campfires” theme. Students spend a total of three days and two nights experiencing the outdoors, the fellowship of friends, and exciting team-building activities.
Fifth Grade: Our fifth graders look forward to their trip to the The Outdoor School in Marble Falls. Because new students often enter St. Francis at this grade, the trip is held in the fall to allow classmates to unite and bond.
Sixth Grade: Sixth graders typically travel to Carolina Creek Christian Camp. As with the fifth-grade trip, the excursion is held at the beginning of the fall semester so that new students have a chance to bond with their peers in a variety of team-building and outdoor activities, such as ropes courses, zip-lining, and canoeing.
Seventh Grade: During their class trip to the T Bar M Camp in New Braunfels, seventh graders experience both personal growth and hands-on academics. Ropes courses encourage team (and courage!) building, while Circle Time allows students to use telescopes to view stars and constellations normally obscured by Houston’s bright city lights.
Eighth Grade: Middle School’s highly anticipated last class trip is a memorable one, with eighth graders spending a week learning about a significant part of the country. From Washington, DC, and Boston to Virginia and Pennsylvania, selected destinations offer students a wide array of curricular connections through experiences related to literature, art, science, math, and history.