Beyond the Walls of the School
As part of North Park Elementary School’s dedication to preparing students for lifelong learning, students in all grades participate in field trips ranging from nature programs and theater productions to cultural centers and museums. Field trips compliment what the students are learning in class. For example, 3rd graders visit the Swedish Museum as they study immigration and Ellis Island in the classroom and middle school students attend a Buddhist temple when they study world religions. Other field trips include attending a performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and studying nature at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Even the preschool students visit the Art Institute.
Every other fall, our 5th and 6th graders head to Wisconsin for a few days of outdoor education. For three days and two nights, in a beautiful natural setting, the students hike, kayak, fish, and climb ropes courses together. They learn about nature and survival skills in case of emergency. Through it all, they join in team-building exercises that improve class unity and cooperation through their remaining years at NPES.
Washington, DC and Springfield, IL
In 7th and 8th grade, students take trips to Washington, D.C. and Springfield, Illinois to learn about the workings of the federal and state governments as well as experience each city’s cultural offerings.