Academics

Learning Excursions

As we become global citizens, we attain greater insight.

Each year we carve out one week to extend our learning past the classroom into the greatest classroom of all--the globe. 

Experiences become personal, ever-lasting memories for GAC students. Culture, history, and religion become tangible, and students graduate prepared—and also excited—for the real world that awaits them. 

Starting from 6th grade, GAC molds our students into global citizens through the ever-evolving educational offerings. Students seize these global opportunities through several ways: learning excursions, study abroad, and mission trips.

Fall 2018

List of 11 items.

  • St. Augustine, FL - Marine and Terrestrial Ecology - 9th Grade Only

    Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 
    October 13-16, 2018
    9th grade only

    Freshmen will learn more about Ecology in our Marine and Terrestrial Ecology Excursion in St. Augustine, Florida. Over the course of three days, students will learn about conservation and sustainability efforts. At White Oak Conservation Center, students will lay eyes on endangered populations of rhinos, feed giraffes, and check out what happens if wildlife becomes ill at the Zoological Hospital on site. Being so close to water, a visit to Marineland Dolphin Conservation is a must. Students participate in a tour of this conservation center, learn how to care for dolphins, and experience firsthand what goes into conservation efforts for these wild animals. Students will participate as a group in a “touch and feed” dolphin experience--a fun and engaging way to end that rotation.

    Even though this excursion is focused on science, St. Augustine is full of rich history of America and there's nothing like touring downtown, visiting the local forts, shops, and restaurants! The Freshmen Learning Excursion is a great introduction to High School Learning Excursions. 
  • Orlando, FL - English, World History & Biology - 10th Grade Only

    English, World History & Biology 
    October 13-16, 2018
    10th grade only

    The Sophomores will have the opportunity to visit Orlando for their grade-specific Learning Excursion. Students will complete a service project with Give the Kids the World, an organization that works with families of special needs children to grant them a magical time at Walt Disney World. Students will also participate in the Disney YES programs at Epcot and Animal Kingdom. These programs emphasize areas of story-telling, global awareness, and zoological studies. As an enhancement to these programs, students will work on group projects/assignments during part of their time in the park. 
  • Tampa, FL - Science, Art, History - 11th Grade Only

    Tampa, Florida - Exploring the Outdoors
    October 21-28
    11th grade only

    This is an opportunity to explore science, history, and art all within one trip. Students will have hands-on workshops in river and marine biology. Snorkeling, survey of marine life, hiking, kayaking, and beach exploration are several of the planned activities. In addition, we will discover the history and art of the Tampa area. 
  • Universal Studios, Florida - 12th Grade Only

    Universal Studios, Florida
    October 13-16, 2018

    12th grade only

    On this trip, seniors will enjoy time at Universal Studios. We will stay at Cabana Bay, an onsite Universal resort. We will spend two days enjoying Universal Studios, Islands of Adventures, and Volcano Bay waterpark. Our group will have early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. On our final night in Orlando, we will enjoy dinner at Hard Rock Café and the fun and creative Blue Man Group Show. Many memories and friendships are made on this trip. This is one last time to travel with your classmates and we hope you will choose to be a part of the camaraderie it offers.
  • Atlanta, GA - Exploring the Video & Film Production Industry

    Atlanta, GA - Exploring the Video & Film Production Industry
    October 15-18, 2018
    10th-12th grade

    Students will explore Georgia’s booming Video and Film Production industry Monday through Thursday, Oct. 21-24, from 8 am to 3 pm.  Atlanta was rated sixth-best big city in the nation in 2015 for moviemakers but has moved up rapidly with the addition of several new production studios and a growing talent pool of trained workers in the field. This Learning Excursion will give students an opportunity to learn what 30,000 Georgians who are employed in this booming industry do for a living and the education and skills required to work in the industry.
  • Atlanta, GA - Service Workshop

    Atlanta, GA - Service Workshop
    October 15-18, 2018
    10th-12th grade

    Students will engage in service around the Atlanta area at different ministries. Students will learn about how they can become more involved in the Kingdom of God at work in their own communities. Every day, students will leave from GAC to serve at different ministries that serve and advocate for such populations as the homeless, refugees, or victims of human trafficking. By fully participating in the week, students will accumulate 15-20 service hours that will count towards the GAC requirement. 
  • Quebec, Canada - French & History

    Quebec, Canada - French & History
    October 13-17, 2018
    10th-12th grade

    The Quebec trip is for students who want to experience the rich history and culture of a 400-year-old city while engaging in activities at various sites and attractions that will allow students to practice French and see history come alive. It will be like visiting Europe without crossing the Atlantic. We will visit the old city, with its stunning art and architecture, experience a cable car ride to Montmorency Falls - a waterfall 100 feet higher than Niagara. We will also sample some of the excellent local cuisines with a full traditional breakfast, and a tour and tasting of a maple syrup sugar shack. Then we will have hands-on opportunities to learn about the life of a royal guard, practice cooking regional specialties, and try our hands at the traditional art of copper etching. French students will have many opportunities to practice their language skills in an immersion environment, and history students will be able to experience a different and unique country.
  • NYC - Performing Arts Study

    NYC - Performing Arts Study
    October 13-16, 2018
    10th-12th grade

    New York City is a global center for finance, culture, good food, architecture, entertainment, and the arts! The purpose of this trip is to provide students with an immersive experience into the world of the performing arts. The itinerary is a performer’s dream: tours of the finest concert halls and venues, workshops with professional artists, and unrivalled performances. he GAC New York Learning Excursion offers new shows and workshops every year.
  • NYC - Visual Arts Study

    NYC - Visual Arts Study
    October 13-16, 2018

    10th-12th grade

    New York City is America’s center for the visual arts, boasting several of the top museums of the world, Broadway, and some of the top design schools in the country. The purpose of this trip is to provide students with an immersive experience in the city’s art and design culture. The itinerary will provide colorful encounters with the visual arts, including tours, artist’s workshops, Broadway, and (most importantly) food.
  • Northern California - Culture Tour

    Northern California - Culture Tour
    October 13-17, 2018

    10th-12th grade

    Join us for a tour of Northern California. On this trip, we will explore San Francisco and the Northern California coast. Highlights of the San Francisco tour include riding on a cable car, going to Nob Hill, walking down Lombard Street, and spending time at Fishman’s Wharf and Ghiradelli Square. We will also have an opportunity to visit the Golden Gate Bridge. We will travel to Muir Woods and walk among the towering redwood trees. Our next stop will be the beautiful coastal city of Monterey. While visiting here, we will have the opportunity to explore Cannery Row, take a guided Kayak tour, and drive along the 17-mile Scenic drive at Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove.
  • Yosemite - Geology

    Yosemite - Geology
    October 13-19, 2018
    10th-12th grade

    Catalina Island and Yosemite are two of the great natural wonders of the world. On this active exploration trip, we will be camping, snorkeling, hiking, and exploring these incredible locations. We will investigate the unique ecosystem of Catalina Island (over 300 endemic species found nowhere else on earth) and the geology of Yosemite National Park. We will prepare our own meals and stay outside in tents during this trip. This trip will also involve a moderate amount of physical activity, and students should be prepared to hike for 8-10 hours on consecutive days.

Fall 2019

List of 10 items.

  • St. Augustine, FL - Marine and Terrestrial Ecology - 9th Grade Only

    Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 
    9th grade only

    Freshmen will learn more about Ecology in our Marine and Terrestrial Ecology Excursion in St. Augustine, Florida. Over the course of three days, students will learn about conservation and sustainability efforts. At White Oak Conservation Center, students will lay eyes on endangered populations of rhinos, feed giraffes, and check out what happens if wildlife becomes ill at the Zoological Hospital on site. Being so close to water, a visit to Marineland Dolphin Conservation is a must. Students participate in a tour of this conservation center, learn how to care for dolphins, and experience firsthand what goes into conservation efforts for these wild animals. Students will participate as a group in a “touch and feed” dolphin experience--a fun and engaging way to end that rotation. 

    Even though this excursion is focused on science, St. Augustine is full of rich history of America and there's nothing like touring downtown, visiting the local forts, shops, and restaurants! The Freshmen Learning Excursion is a great introduction to High School Learning Excursions. 
  • Orlando, FL - English, World History & Biology - 10th Grade Only

    English, World History & Biology 
    10th grade only

    The Sophomores will have the opportunity to visit Orlando for their grade-specific Learning Excursion. Students will complete a service project with Give the Kids the World, an organization that works with families of special needs children to grant them a magical time at Walt Disney World. Students will also participate in the Disney YES programs at Epcot and Animal Kingdom. These programs emphasize areas of story-telling, global awareness, and zoological studies. As an enhancement to these programs, students will work on group projects/assignments during part of their time in the park. 
  • Tampa, FL - Science, Art, History - 11th Grade Only

    Tampa, Florida - Exploring the Outdoors
    11th grade only

    This is an opportunity to explore science, history, and art all within one trip. Students will have hands-on workshops in river and marine biology. Snorkeling, survey of marine life, hiking, kayaking, and beach exploration are several of the planned activities. In addition, we will discover the history and art of the Tampa area. 
  • Universal Studios, Florida - 12th Grade Only

    Universal Studios, Florida
    12th grade only

    On this trip, seniors will enjoy time at Universal Studios. We will stay at Cabana Bay, an onsite Universal resort. We will spend two days enjoying Universal Studios, Islands of Adventures, and Volcano Bay waterpark. Our group will have early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. On our final night in Orlando, we will enjoy dinner at Hard Rock Café and the fun and creative Blue Man Group Show. Many memories and friendships are made on this trip. This is one last time to travel with your classmates and we hope you will choose to be a part of the camaraderie it offers.
  • Atlanta, GA - Exploring the Video & Film Production Industry

    Atlanta, GA - Exploring the Video & Film Production Industry
    10th-12th grade

    Students will explore Georgia’s booming Video and Film Production industry Monday through Thursday, Oct. 21-24, from 8 am to 3 pm.  Atlanta was rated sixth-best big city in the nation in 2015 for moviemakers but has moved up rapidly with the addition of several new production studios and a growing talent pool of trained workers in the field. This Learning Excursion will give students an opportunity to learn what 30,000 Georgians who are employed in this booming industry do for a living and the education and skills required to work in the industry.
  • Atlanta, GA - Service Workshop

    Atlanta, GA - Service Workshop
    10th-12th grade

    Students will engage in service around the Atlanta area at different ministries. Students will learn about how they can become more involved in the Kingdom of God at work in their own communities. Every day, students will leave from GAC to serve at different ministries that serve and advocate for such populations as the homeless, refugees, or victims of human trafficking. By fully participating in the week, students will accumulate 15-20 service hours that will count towards the GAC requirement. 
  • Boston - American Lit & College Tour

    Boston - American Lit & College Tour
    10th-12th grade


    Elite colleges, historic landmarks, and literary sites! The city of the Revolution, the center of the New England Renaissance, and the new Athens of Academia! Join us on a College and Literary trip as we tour Harvard, MIT, Boston University and more. We will also visit historic and literary sites such as Thoreau’s peaceful Walden Pond, trace Paul Revere’s ride to Concord and the Old North Bridge, and participate in a witch trial in Salem! Enrich your learning for future AP Literature and History courses while also learning the inside scoop on some of America’s most venerable colleges.
  • Chicago - Visual Art Study

    Chicago - Visual Art Study
    10th-12th grade


    Energy and creativity in the arts abound in this exciting city! Highlights of this trip include: A visit to the Sky deck at Willis Tower (one of the tallest buildings in the world), architecture tour by boat on the Chicago River, a visit to the Chicago Art Institute Museum (housing more than 300,000 works by famous artists and the largest Impressionist collection outside of Paris), photography workshops in Millennium Park and on a “Hop on/Hop off” double-decker bus, fun at Navy Pier, and a performance of a Broadway musical at one of Chicago’s historic theaters. We hope you will join us on this wonderful adventure focused on the Visual Arts!
  • Grand Canyon - Geology

    Grand Canyon - Geology
    10th-12th grade


    This excursion is going to be an adventure. We will explore Grand Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon National Park over six, action-packed days. We will explore the forces of geology that created these wonders, as well as magnificence of the universe that surrounds us. As stated earlier, this will be an “adventure” trip. We will be camping five out of the six nights in the national parks, and students will be responsible for preparing their meals and cleaning their campsites.
  • Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland - English, Conflict Resolution

    Republic of Ireland & Northern Ireland - English, Conflict Resolution
    English - 1/2 Credit

    10th-12th grade

    Ireland is a land of unspeakable beauty whose people have been marked by hundreds of years of civil war. Out of the ashes of these troubles have risen peacemaking heroes, on both sides of the divide, bringing the possibility of a lasting peace. We will learn from the stories of these courageous heroes and let their message transform us into uncommon peacemakers in a fractured world.

    In Northern Ireland, through professional tours of Belfast and Derry, we will learn the history of a country divided; tour the site of the "Bloody Sunday" tragedy with a guide who was there that very day in 1972; experience unforgettable sites, including the original home of the Titanic, the mysterious Giant’s Causeway, and the famed Carrick-A-Rede rope bridge. In the Republic of Ireland, students will tour the historic and beautiful city of Dublin; take in the rugged coastal landscapes and villages of southwest Ireland's Ring of Kerry; visit one of the Emerald Isle's most spectacular castles; and see the otherworldly and mystical island, Skellig Michael, with its abandoned 7th-century Christian monastery, recently featured in the dramatic finale of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

    Students will receive credit for one academic course that will go on their transcript. There will be some academic preparation prior to leaving for the trip and a small project-based report due after the trip.

Contact

High School Dean of Academics
770-243-2252