In the classroom, abstract ideas become concrete experience when students work with their hands, their minds, and their peers to complete a project. One exciting example of this type of work happens in high school English, where the work of William Shakespeare comes to life each February with an original adaptation of a play. Students begin with a reading of the text, followed by a screening of a film adaptation, and a live performance from the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival. They adapt the themes and plot lines to a modern context and write a screenplay. With actors, directors, and crew assembled from the student body, a film is produced and presented to the school. This project has become a tradition at Stanbridge, and students look to past films as inspiration for their original work. This year’s adaptations of Twelfth Night can be viewed on Stanbridge’s YouTube page. This experience, and others like it across the campus, cultivate a sense of accomplishment, a joy of learning, and deep understanding.
Since the founding of Stanbridge, our students have traveled beyond the campus and away from the comforts of home on “experiential trips” with their teachers and classmates. These trips strengthen the bonds between teachers and students and promote independence. In these new contexts, students uncover skills that are not always evident in the classroom and build confidence as they accomplish new things. Parents and graduates alike remember these trips as some of the most meaningful experiences of their time at Stanbridge.
-Matt Poynter, Principal
Spring 2017 Experiential Learning Trips
Juniors and Seniors: D.C.
Sunday, March 5 - Friday, March 10
Sophomores and Freshmen: Sonoma Coast
Monday, March 13- Wednesday, March 15
Wednesday, May 10- Friday, May 12
Coloma Outdoor School
6th grade: Wednesday, May 3 - Friday, May 5
5th & ME: Wednesday, May 24 - Friday, May 26