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Global Education

Academic challenge, personal growth. What happens in the classroom is only the beginning.
Global Education at Derryfield fosters a passion in young people for thinking critically about the evolving geopolitical and intercultural dynamics of the 21st century. Our curriculum prepares Derryfield graduates to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world where they will need to communicate and collaborate across cultural boundaries to be successful. Middle and Upper School students are also provided with the opportunity to participate in domestic and international trips and exchanges as part of our global education program.
The 2022-2023 trips are listed below.

2022-2023 Global Trips

List of 6 items.

  • Middle School - Washington, DC

    Washington DC Politics and History
    Grades: 6 - 8
    Dates*: March 20 - 23, 2023

    This four-day program in our Nation’s capital will introduce middle school students to a wide variety of experiences. Final reservations are in progress; however, we anticipate highlights to include:
    • Capitol Building
    • Washington Monument
    • Ford’s Theater Performance
    • Museums (potential options: Haulocost Museum, Museum of African American History & Culture, International Spy Museum
  • Upper School - Classics in Italy: Latin and Culture

    DS Classics in Italy - Latin and Culture
    Grades: 9 - 12
    Dates*: March 18 - 28, 2023

    This new student experience in Rome and the Naples areas will serve to be an experiential and immersive cultural experience.

    Highlights include:
    • Orientation in Rome - Church of San Pietro in Vincoli (Michelangelo's Moses), Capuchin Crypt
    • Ancient Rome - Colosseum, Roman Forum Michelangelo's Piazza del Campidoglio
    • Modern Rome - Villa Borghese, Piazza Barberini, Campo di Fiori. 
    • Outer Rome - Gladiator School on the Appia Antica, Appian Way Bicycle Tour
    • Inner Rome - Scavi Tour (under St. Peter’s Basilica), Pantheon, Sistine Chapel
    • Naples - Certosa di San Martino, National Archaeological Museum
    • Pompeii - explore excavations, Antiquarium, Vesuvius Herculaneum
    • Capri - Blue Grotto Boat Tour
  • Upper School - Evolving Landscapes of Southern Arizona

    Evolving Landscapes of Southern Arizona
    Grades: 9 - 12
    Dates*: March 19 - 28, 2023

    In this experiential learning program in the Sonoran Desert, students will explore cultural ways of relating to plants, animals, water, and land, participate in outdoor adventure activities, and experience the culinary delights of the southwest. Through facilitated activities and workshops, students connect with local builders, farmers, and scientists to explore notions of stewardship, earth community, resource extraction, and development and will develop a nuanced understanding of the evolving landscapes of the American Southwest. Their experience will be supported and hosted by critical community partnerships, providing unique access to the people and places of the Sonoran Desert.

    Highlights include:
    • Tucson, AZ - Cooper Environmental Center: working with local organizations involved in food systems, such as Native Seed Search, Flowers and Bullets, and Las Milpitas; exploration amongst the incredible Saguaro forests
    • Patagonia, AZ - Borderlands Restoration Network: learn about border issues and land conservation; visit important sites along the Nogales, AZ border, including the Border wall
    • Ajo, AZ - in the heart of the Sonoran Desert and a historic mining town, which is now home to community partner International Sonoran Desert Alliance; stories from local cultural bearers of the Tohono O'odham; learn about traditional forms of agriculture
  • Upper School - Musical Performance in Disney

    Musical Performance in Disney
    Grades: Choral & Instrumental students in Grades 9 - 12
    Dates*: March 19 - 23, 2023

    This performance-based trip is open to those students involved in one of the two US performing ensembles. The group will stay at the All Star Music Resort in Disney World, and as part of their four days at the park, will attend workshops and perform in concerts. The group will attend “Soundtrack Session” workshops, visit a professional Disney recording studio and work with industry professionals to record along with a film. This will culminate in a screening of their recorded work set to Disney film footage. Also while at the park, the ensembles will perform for Disney-goers on the Waterside Stage at Disney Springs. We will prepare for this performance throughout the year, and perform an entire Disney-themed set.
  • Upper School - Habitat for Humanity

    Grades: Students must be 16 or older by March 19, 2023
    Trip Dates: March 19 - 25, 2023

    Entering our sixteenth year of Habitat for Humanity service, Derryfield students and chaperones will travel to Winston-Salem, North Carolina to spend a week building homes alongside construction staff and local volunteers. Aside from working hard and learning new skills, students will come home with a sense of satisfaction and appreciation for the need for affordable housing for working families. 
  • South Africa Student Exchange Program 2023

    This program has been suspended due to the pandemic. We will look at re-introducing it for the 2023-2024 school year.

    Grades: 9 - 10
    January/February & July/August

    The Derryfield School has developed partnerships with the Durban Girls' College, a girls' high school in South Africa, and Wynberg Boys' School in Cape Town, South Africa. Two of our ninth/tenth grade boys and girls will have the opportunity to attend these schools and live with a host family for six weeks next summer. In exchange, the Derryfield students participating in this program will host a student from the South African schools for six weeks during the Winter term in New Hampshire.

The World is Your Classroom

    • 2019 South African Exchange

2021 Bahamas Trip

Global Trip Photo Archive

How to Register

Registration for 2023-2024 Global Education Travel Programs will begin late September and a Family Information Night will be held mid-September. 
To receive more information on this year's Global Education programs, please email Brandon Gauthier, bgauthier@derryfield.org, or Shannon Best, sbest@derryfield.org.

The Derryfield School

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