8th Grade Boston Trip

20140507_CavanaghT_0393Why and What?

With its wealth of museums and cultural and historic sites, Boston provides students with an unparalleled opportunity to encounter several centuries of the world’s finest art and architecture. Coming late in the spring of the eighth grade year, the trip is designed both as a culmination of the dialectic school curriculum and as an experiential preparation for the study of history, theology and philosophy that awaits them in the rhetoric school. Key here is our visit to the Museum of Fine Art, with its magnificent collection of Ancient Near East and Greco-Roman art and artifacts, and our visit to the Isabella Stewart Gardner and Harvard Museums, with their extensive collections of Medieval and Modern European art. Be assured of the profound way students have been affected by encountering these objects in person—having seen this or that piece “when we were in Boston” has been a regular refrain in rhetoric school classes over the years.

Though we will certainly spend a good deal of time in museums, the Boston trip is anything but an extended museum trip. Students will encounter significant sights in American history by walking the Freedom Trail, visiting Paul Revere’s home and the Old North Church where he began his famed ride. We will also take in the architectural wonders of sites such as Trinity Church, the I.M. Pei building, and the Prudential Tower. Of course, navigating a major American city—via airplanes, ferries, subway trains, and city walks—has been a great formative experience for our largely suburban students.

Trip Information

  • Dates: May 12-15, 2020
  • Trip Leader: Joe Moon
  • Cost: Approximately $850, billed to accounts on the following schedule: $175 non-refundable deposit will be billed to your account upon completion of Intent form, $225 on November 1, $225 on February 1, $225 on March 1
  • Chaperones: Chaperones are chosen from the pool of parents who apply via the chaperone application form. There is no guarantee that everyone who applies to chaperone will be chosen to attend the trip.
  • Informational Meeting: Tuesday, September 10, 2019, 3:00 pm in room TBD
  • Mandatory Chaperone Meeting: Monday, April 6, 2020 3:00 pm in room TBD


This trip is an integral part of the curriculum, and we strive for 100% student participation.

Please click HERE to submit your intent form regarding your child’s participation.
Form must be submitted by Monday, September 30.

Please click HERE to view and download the packing list.

Please click HERE to download and read the chaperone expectations prior to submitting a chaperone application.

Please click HERE to submit the chaperone application for this trip.
Form must be submitted by Tuesday, October 1.

Please click HERE to submit the medical form for this trip.
Form must be submitted between Friday, April 3 and Monday, April 20.

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