Global Curriculum

Off-Campus Exploration

The Vistamar experience encompasses a wide variety of off-campus opportunities over each student’s four years of high school. From grade level retreats, spring and summer travel possibilities, to senior projects, all Vikings participate in experiential academic and recreational adventures. At Vistamar, we believe that being outside the classroom in new environments strengthens community, grows cultural awareness, and expands individual horizons. These opportunities are key parts of the total Viking experience.

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List of 2 frequently asked questions.

  • Grade Level Retreats

    Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 all take part in one grade level retreat each year. Getting off campus for this overnight trip allows students the opportunity to get to know each other better, recharge their batteries, and get outside their comfort zones.

    Ninth graders get to know each other outside the classroom. They take part in group activities that challenge them to work together as a team. They also challenge themselves independently through an alpine tower experience.

    Tenth graders leave campus and have an overnight retreat. Reconnecting and refocusing are emphasized for students. They work with each other through a ropes course and team building activities. Hiking allows them to chat with each other while exploring the natural world.

    Eleventh graders retreat in late May. This is the time for them to reflect on the past three years and begin to take the reins of leadership they will have as seniors. It also is a great time to reconnect with friends, share tales over a campfire, and enjoy nature.
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  • Spring & Summer Travel

    Each year, Vistamar offers trips over spring and summer breaks. Most trips have a service learning component integrated. The actual service depends on the location and community needs. In the past, students have worked in schools, done carpentry, spent time with seniors, dug irrigation ditches, poured concrete foundations and much more. Cultural immersion is also an important part of each trip. Students get to know local people, eat local food, and learn about different ways of life.

    Locations vary from year to year, and include domestic as well as international locations. Students on these life-changing trips have journeyed to Peru, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Panama, Ecuador, China, Montana, Mississippi, Baja, Puerto Rico, and the Southwestern US. Trips are open to all grade levels, and some supplemental needs funding is available.
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