At the core of the Journeys School approach to learning is the idea of students learning outside of the classroom. A journey is a direct experience in the ecological or cultural environment that serves as an essential part of learning. Whether a few moments or a few days, a journey includes thoughtful faculty planning and meaningful student inquiry and reflection. A journey integrates curriculum, promotes community and deepens one's sense of place.

In the elementary school students go on frequent day journeys to explore curricular themes. For example, during the study of our local community, students might visit the hospital and visit the maternity ward or meet with the mayor and hold a mock council meeting about an issue that is currently in front of the council. Elementary students also participate in three extended journeys each year. These extended journeys range in time from one day to five days and include a variety of locations around Wyoming and Idaho.

 

In lower elementary students go on frequent day journeys to explore curricular themes
hands-on. For example, during the study of our local community, students might visit the
hospital and visit the maternity ward or meet with the mayor and hold a mock council
meeting about an issue that is currently in front of the council. Lower elementary students
also participate in three extended journeys each year. In the spring, overnight
journeys provide an opportunity to travel further distances and to delve deeper into
classroom themes. Overnight journeys are also an integral part of building community
among the students, families and teachers.