SOURCE: Rolling Hills Prep School

October 08, 2012 14:00 ET

Rolling Hills Prep & Renaissance Take It Outside

The Schools' Outdoor Education Program Turns 16 This Year

SAN PEDRO, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 8, 2012) - Rolling Hills Prep School (RHP) and its integrated and affiliated school, Renaissance School for Arts & Sciences, will take their students off campus and into the outdoors this month.

The program intentionally takes students (and teachers) out of their comfort zones, allowing this adventure to become one of the most memorable experiences of a student's educational career. The program changes each year (with each grade) so students have a great variety of memories linked to their Outdoor Education trip. During the week of October 15-18 (October 22-25 for 5th and 6th grades) students are removed from the noise of televisions, cell phones and traffic and placed in situations where appreciation and understanding of nature, ecosystems and environmental issues emerge. Cooperation and collaboration are essential to many of the activities.

Rather than simply having teachers with camping experience leading these excursions, RHP and Renaissance enlist the support of well-respected outdoor outfits such as Naturalists at Large, the Pali Institute, and Guided Discoveries to maximize the experience. Teachers chaperone the trips and take part in all activities.

Each grade spends a week in different locations:

Grades 5 and 6 - Camp Gilmore, Santa Monica Mountains (October 22-25)

Grade 7 - Science Camp, Pali Institute, Lake Arrowhead, CA (October 15-18)

Grade 8 - Lower Colorado River

Grade 9 - Camp Cedar Lake, Big Bear

Grade 10 - Joshua Tree National Park

Grade 11 - Colorado River

Grade 12 - Catalina Island Marine Institute: Tall Ships Expedition (sailing)

RHP's mission addresses the development of four distinct strengths in students: Disciplined Minds, Sound Character, Healthy Bodies, and Creative Spirits. The Outdoor Education program addresses all four of these goals. Experiential education can present unequalled opportunities for teachable moments and new insights into human relationships, providing opportunities for groups to get to know each other on a deeper level and work together with a focus on improving skills.

About Rolling Hills Preparatory School:
One of the most highly respected schools in the Los Angeles area, Rolling Hills Preparatory School works in partnership with parents to develop in their college-bound students disciplined minds, sound character, healthy bodies, and creative spirits through proven teaching techniques within a stimulating and supportive academic environment. For more information about Rolling Hills Prep, see

About the Renaissance School for Arts & Sciences
The Renaissance School is the sister school of Rolling Hills Preparatory School. It blends arts and academics in an inclusive, welcoming environment in order to develop agile thinkers, active community members and confident, independent, life-long learners. For more information about Renaissance, visit