Middle and Upper School students participate in annual class trips. These outings are designed as community-building as well as extended classroom events, uniting all American Section students from a particular grade regardless of class or campus.
Sixième (Sixth Grade) students explore “Paris on My Doorstep,” taking advantage of the city’s rich offerings. Cinquième (Seventh Grade) students spend three days in Amsterdam, exploring the city's history with a view to deepening themes of Tolerance and Diversity, while Quatrième (Eighth grade) students visit a news agency in order to learn about journalism and the importance of a free press. The Troisième (Ninth Grade) trip is to the Musée de la Grande Guerre in Meaux, allowing students to learn first-hand about the WWI unit of their history curriculum.
The annual Seconde (Tenth Grade) trip is a two-day adventure that features rigorous outdoor activities by day (kayaking, mountain biking, archery, and a mountain ropes course), and group advisory activities in the evening. Première (Eleventh Grade) students enjoy a two-day trip to Normandy in a trip that combines a study of WWII and Cold War history, as well as the literary aspects of war poetry. The Terminale (Twelfth Grade) trip is currently being developed.
In addition to these “all-class” trips, there are others involving select groups of students. The five-day London Theater Trip gives twenty Upper School students the invaluable opportunity to attend five live theater performances as well as explore London’s rich cultural offerings. Another deeply enriching experience is the India Trip, in which sixteen Upper School students are selected to travel to Ahmedabad, India, for an intense two weeks of cultural exchange and community service. Additionally, Model United Nations delegations travel to Paris and to the Hague to take part in prestigious inter-school conferences.