STUDENT LIFEWeek Without Walls
Week Without Walls is a time in late May when all scholars and staff depart the school to experience different communities through exploration, cultural immersion, academic study, team building, community service or personal growth opportunities. These activities will help scholars learn more about their community, explore career interests, learn new skills, engage in new physical activities and develop or refine personal goals.Projects and activities have been chosen and planned based on course pacing, grade level experiences, local community resources or needs and scholar interest. The service opportunities are great ways to demonstrate the meaning of service. With the help of community partners, this week will be unique and impactful for the scholars of Shortridge High School.
Each year, scholars have options to travel with their class on overnight excursions or remain in the Indianapolis area and participate in a series of day trips. Overnights include wilderness adventures, natural history, Indiana history, college visits, living history tours, group field work in the sciences, team building activities, cultural immersion, art appreciation and life experiences including travel safety and budgeting. Day trips include historical site exploration, architecture tour, military history, nature exploration, poetry, literature, hiking, biking, college tours, art appreciation and community service.Week without walls will occur from May 29th - June 1st, 2018Grade 9 - Spring Mill State Park
In partnership with Camptown Inc., students travel to Spring Mill State Park to camp and hike the local trails, cook their food over an open flame, and sleep in the great outdoors. Past trips have included a college visit to IU, boating, caving and swimming. Spring Mill State Park is home to one of the state's oldest spring fed mills, a Gus Grissom/NASA museum and an 1800's Pioneer Village. Subject links include history, science and physical education (http://www.stateparks.com/spring_mill_state_park_in_indiana.html).Cost: $180 (includes $30 Registration Fee)Registeration:Pay online with MySchoolBucks.comorClick here to see the proposed itinerary.Grade 10 - Colonial Williamsburg
As students take US Government their tenth grade year, this trip is designed to link student coursework with real historical places. This trip includes visits to universities (William and Mary/ University of Virginia) while exploring Williamsburg VA. As the first colony of the United States, colonial Williamsburg provides students the opportunity to study democracy and citizen engagement. This trip also includes evening events in Williamsburg.Cost: $570 (includes $30 Registration Fee)Registeration:Pay online with MySchoolBucks.comorClich here to see proposed itineraryGrade 11 - Indiana Dunes/ Chicago
All IB Diploma students are required to complete a science experiment outside of the classroom. Commonly referred to as the 'Group 4 Project' (sciences are the fourth IB Diploma group), students travel to the Indiana Dunes State Park for two days and one night of study among the marshes, dunes and lake Michigan. Students camp at the local state park, but spend their days collecting data.Once the collection of data is complete, students have the opportunity to further their language study by traveling to Chicago via train to visit the immersive Chinese and Spanish communities. Students will explore the city via public transportation to eat at local restaurants, visit markets and view cultural art exhibits. Students will stay overnight in the city at a local hotel.Chicago Extension Cost: $270 (includes $30 Registration Fee)Registeration:Pay online with MySchoolBucks.comorScholars who choose not to go on to visit Chicago will return to Indianapolis and spend the second half of Week Without Walls touring Indianapolis area colleges and universities.College Tour Extension Cost: $0 (no Registration Fee)
Grade 12 - Senior Trip - Chattanooga, TN- DATE: TBD
The 12th grade trip is the last opportunity for our seniors to celebrate the end of their high school journey. An international trip to Costa Rica has been planned, but students who remain in the United States have a unique opportunity to travel to Chattanooga, TN. Senior Trip will occur between Senior Exams and Graduation. It may not be the same week at the Grade 9-11 trips.Cost: $570 (includes $30 Registration Fee)Registeration:Pay online with MySchoolBucks.comorLocal Day Trips
Students who prefer to explore closer to home without overnight stays will have opportunities to select a specific track of experiences.Our Faculty is currently designing our 2018 Day Trip program. It will consist of three tracks (health and wellness, service, and museums and parks). Scholars will select a track and remain with that group of students and staff throughout the week to engage in team building and focus on specific areas of interest. Each day, the group will travel to a different location to explore, learn and grow.Tracks
Cost: $0 (no Registration Fee)Sponsorships
- Health and Wellness will include: Biking or walking tours, yoga & meditation, gardening, healthy eating & cooking, and more.
- Parks and Museums will include: Tours and activities at local museums and parks within the city.
- Shortridge Serves will include: A wide variety of community service experiences throughout the city.
As we believe in all inclusive opportunities and due to the costs of these trips, we seek like minded community sponsors. We encourage you to sponsor a scholar or feature of these trips.Donations could support the program in these ways:
To make an online donation, visit our website and donate now. Select Week Without Walls as the department you would like to support.Questions?Lori ArmstrongPartnership Coordinatorarmstrlo@myips.org317-441-2457
- Student Sponsor: $300
- Transportation Sponsor: $5000
- Meal Sponsor: $3000
- Attraction Sponsor: $2500
- Lodging Sponsor: $4000