Description

Week Without Walls (WWW) is a time in late May when all Shortridge High scholars and staff embark on non-traditional learning experiences to extend their understanding of the world through exploration, cultural immersion, academic study, team building, community service or personal growth opportunities.

All students will participate in WWW in a variety of ways. Some may elect to travel, with these overnight trips offering wilderness adventures, natural history, Indiana history, college visits, living history tours, and group field work in the sciences, team building activities, cultural immersion, art appreciation and life experiences including travel safety and budgeting. Other students may choose to remain on campus and take a 4-day intensive course exploring an area of interest. Faculty propose these courses, and students rank their top choices. These courses are designed to be intensive dives into specific topics, with a culminating product or activity. These courses will also take students out into the community to experience their area of study in real-world scenarios. For example, the sports journalism course will gain firsthand experience by visiting various local sporting venues and interviewing local athletes. Each on-campus course will also include a service component.

For students participating in an overnight excursion class trip, the following WWW locations are planned:

  • Freshmen: camping in O’Bannon Woods State Park
  • Sophomores: Washington DC
  • Juniors: Indiana Dunes State Park/Chicago
  • Seniors: Panama Trip led by Education First (EF) Education Tours

The educational objective of WWW is to provide students with real-world experiences linked to academic course work, therefore broadening their understanding of the world. Faculty and tour providers teach both academics and life skills through experiences students cannot have within the four walls of a traditional classroom.

Week without walls will occur from May 28th – May 31, 2019 

Grade 9 – O’Bannon Woods State Park 

Freshmen will be camping in cabins at O’Bannon Woods State Park. Activities will include hiking, caving, swimming, campfires, games and more! We will take a charter bus from SHS on the morning of May 28th and return to SHS on the afternoon of May 31st.

Cost: $200 

Registeration:

To reserve your spot, a deposit of $50 must be received by January 31, 2019. The full payment of the trip in the total of $200 must be received by April 30, 2019 following the plan below:

  • $50 due January 31 
  • $50 due February 28
  • $50 due March 22
  • $50 due April 30

Full reimbursement for trip cancellation will not be available. Transportation, meals, and lodging are all included in the price; you will only need to bring optional spending money for snacks/souvenirs.

Download this registration form

Grade 10 – Washington DC 

As students take US Government their tenth grade year, this trip is designed to link student coursework with real governmental places. This trip includes visits to the Capitol buidling, local museums and archives, the Smithsonian Institute and universities. As the Capitol of the United States, Washington DC provides students the opportunity to study democracy and citizen engagement. This trip also includes evening events in D.C.

The registration for this trip has closed.

Grade 11 – Indiana Dunes

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.

Scholars 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. 

Grade 11 – Chicago 

Juniors participating in the overnight trip will travel to Chicago May 29-31, 2019. They will spend two nights at HI Chicago Hostel, explore Chinatown, and visit Hispanic neighborhoods in Chicago. The objective of this trip is to further study and practice world language skills.

Cost: $300 

Registeration:

To reserve your spot, a deposit of $75 must be received by January 31, 2019. The full payment of the trip in the total of $300 must be received by April 30, 2019 following the plan below:

  • $75 due January 31 
  • $75 due February 28
  • $75 due March 22
  • $75 due April 30

Full reimbursement for trip cancellation will not be available. Transportation, meals, and lodging are all included in the price; you will only need to bring optional spending money for snacks/souvenirs.

Download this registration form

Grade 12 – Senior Trip – Panama

The 12th grade trip is the last opportunity for our seniors to celebrate the end of their high school journey. Senior Trip will occur between Senior Exams and Graduation. It may not be the same week at the Grade 9-11 trips.

Registeration for this trip has closed.

On-Campus Courses

Students who prefer to explore closer to home without overnight stays will take a 4-day intensive course exploring an area of interest. These courses are designed to be intensive dives into specific topics, with a culminating product or activity. These courses will also take students out into the community to experience their area of study in real-world scenarios. For example, the sports journalism course will gain firsthand experience by visiting various local sporting venues and interviewing local athletes. Each on-campus course will also include a service component.

Cost: $0 (no Registration Fee) 

2019 On-campus course offerings are listed here.

Sponsorships

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.

To make a donation, please contact Charles Langley at langleyc@myips.org.

Questions?

Allison Larty
WWW Coordinator
lartya@myips.org
317.226.2810