Academics

The World is a Classroom

Field Trips

All classes in grades K-8 at WNS enjoy field trips to a variety of locations and for a variety of activities. Field trips enhance learning by exposing students to the community, giving them practical experiences, and enriching understanding of subjects taught in the classroom. At all grade levels, visitors and parent presenters are occasionally invited to the classroom to enhance and extend learning. For a list of field trips by grade level, visit the Academics page.

Middle school students participate in two outdoor trips each year, one as an entire middle school, and a second by grade level. WNS teacher chaperones work with companies specializing in outdoor education to plan and carry out the trips. For more information about middle school retreats and outdoor education, click here.


In the Early Childhood Center, they will make use of our full site for Field Studies, and invite visitors and parent presenters to the classroom to enhance and extend learning. The DK students will make a few “walking trips” to the K-8 campus in the spring in anticipation of their moving up the following year.
Examples of field trips for each grade:
 
Grade
Trip
K
Reptacular Animal Experience
Closing Circle in the Park
1st
Natural History Museum
Downtown Community Study Field
Closing Circle in the Park
2nd
Eco Station
La Brea Tar Pits
Page Museum
Central Library
Cacao Study Rainforest
LMU Feed the Hungry Service Learning
3rd
Chumash Village Native American Studies
The Gene Autry
Courthouse for Civic Studies
Food Drive Delivery
The California Science Center
4th
Channel Islands National Park Study
Bookends
California Mission Visit
Playa Vista Library
The Broad
5th
Museum of Tolerance - Finding Our Families, Finding Ourselves exhibit
Griffith Observatory
Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant
UCLA Fowler Museum
Music Center’s Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival
Riley’s Farm (overnight trip)
6th
Getty Villa
Tree People Eco-Tour
Olvera Street
Big Blue Bus Depot
Malibu Creek State Park (3-day trip)
7th
Shakespearience
Plaza de Cultura y Artes
Southern California Islamic Center
Sequoia Cross-Country Skiing (5-day trip)
8th
Museum of Tolerance
California African American Museum
Downtown LA District Arts District
Joshua Tree (3-day trip)
Washington, DC (6-day trip)